Haven From the Storm by Sarah Dosher
“If you’re going to make me cry, at least be there to wipe away the tears…”
Most were asleep in their beds the night Lily Grace’s entire world was ripped apart, leaving only darkness and torment in its place. The only remaining person she depended on abandoned her without a second thought…or so that’s what Lily has believed for the past four years.
Dean Haven has returned for one reason—to win Lily’s love again. He’s already broken her heart because of the demons that haunt him. Can his desire for Lily keep him from succumbing to those demons again?
Dean has no idea what awaits him when he tries to fight his way back into Lily’s life. Everything he remembers has changed, including Lily.
Is love enough when you’re forced to weather the storms life has blown your way?
Haven from the Storm is author Sarah Dosher’s debut novel
The look in her eyes made my stomach turn; she looked exactly like I had anticipated, except for her eyes. They were stormy, like they’d seen more miles of heartache than anyone her age should possibly witness.
“Well, dear, it’s about time you got here. We’ve been waiting for you. Right, Lily?” She gave Lily the biggest smile I’d ever seen.
Lily looked quickly at me and then back at Grandma Violet. “Um, I…uh, we…what?” she stuttered.
“Oh, sweetheart, didn’t I tell you Dean would be arriving today?” Lily shook her head. “Well I can’t be expected to remember everything. I am older than dirt.” She waved her hand in the air, effectively dismissing her apparent forgetfulness.
Lily shot daggers at Grandma Violet with her eyes. “No, Violet, you didn’t. Actually, I can’t remember the last time you even mentioned Dean’s name. I’m pretty sure I would remember it since I’ve spent so much time and energy trying to avoid anything even remotely related to him.” She turned to walk away.
My heart dropped. My mouth went dry and I didn’t know what to say.
“Sunflower?” was the only word I could force out of my mouth.
She immediately stopped and looked right into my eyes.
“No. You don’t get to call me that,” was all she said as she pointed her finger at me, then continued to walk away.
Book 2 Sanctuary from the Darkness (Storms of Life #2) expected release September 2013
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Haven from the Storm is the debut novel of author Sarah Dosher. Dosher comes out like a debutante at the ball! Beautiful, stunning, powerful and emotional!
“Haven” is the journey of Lily Grace and Dean Haven and touches on difficult issues of physical, emotional and mental abuse. The writing is expressive, evocative, and vivid and the story is not for the faint of heart. Not only is this book about hard subject matters of abuse, but it is an even more powerful message of surviving, strength and overcoming the ugliness life can hand you.
Lily Grace is a beautiful, strong woman whose life has been battered and ruined. She is an easy character to connect to because Dosher’s eloquent writing tells Lily’s story but also takes you along on her journey. Dean Haven is the handsome, passionate, caring guy who comes back into Lily’s life after she has had to cope for years with losing everything. Dean is also a lost soul and he made my heart happy and cry, and endeared himself to me.
“I don’t expect you to be flawless. I just need you to be my safe place…my Haven in the storm.” – Lily
These characters are wonderfully developed, unique. Each is distinctive and adds such a perfect layer to the story. The story is also told in alternating POV (which I love).
“The best way to find out if you can trust someone, is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway
This story had so much: loss, abuse, love, strength and learning how to trust, and it packed a punch that had me feeling like the air was knocked out of me. At times, I felt stunned and emotionally overcome.
Overall if you want a powerful, emotional, beautiful, well-written story, grab Haven from the Storm and your tissue. Give it a try!! 4.5~Stars Reviewed by Karen
About the Author
Mother of twins, cowboy’s wife, loving daughter, aggravating sister, lifelong friend, newbie writer, soon to be self-published author, fighter for healthcare quality, cleaner of the house, folder of the laundry (sometimes), kisser of the ouchies, lover of all books…avid napper.