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Counting Stars (Donnelley Brothers Book 1)by Alannah Carbonneau

The Milky Way against the night lake.

Book Details

Counting Stars is an emotionally charged romance about love and loss – and learning to live after everything you’ve lived for has died.

I was with him for six years. Derek was my life, my future, and my dream come true. We had it all – the house, the cars, rings on our fingers, and we were even discussing a baby. Derek was my high school sweetheart, my lover, and my best friend.

Derek is dead.

At only twenty-two years old I am a widow. I’ve spent the last year of my life filtering through self-help books – searching for a way to heal the remnants of my heart.

I am broken.

It is my incessant searching that leads me to booking a month long trip with The Donnelley’s Wild Land Tour’s. I was supposed to tour with Gracie – but she is incapacitated and she’s left me in Logan’s care. If I could, I would turn and walk away from this tour. But I can’t. This is my last chance at learning to live again.

Logan doesn’t know I’m broken. When he looks at me, I feel strong again. I feel alive. He pushes me to learn new things, to experience new ways, and to fight. Logan, in all his bluntness has taught me to fight for what I want and what I believe in. I don’t know how it happened, but Logan picked up the pieces of my heart and helped me to rebuild it. In him, I’ve found acceptance in the hardest thing I had to face.

We all have a path, and for me, my path has been beautifully painful. I was fated; both blessed and cursed, to love two men with the entirety of my heart. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a day, because the pain of the lost life I had with Derek led me to the beautiful present I cherish with Logan.

***This novel does NOT end in a cliffhanger. It is a heartwarming romance for everyone who loves a happy ending. This is the first of four novels – each novel will feature a different Donnelley Brother. This can be read as a stand-alone!***
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Review

This was my first novel by Alannah and she’s made my heart react in remarkable ways throughout Reese’s journey. We learn from the beginning that Reese has experienced a tremendous loss and this is novel is her adventure to finding a place of healing, grieving, and discovering of herself. Reese speaks to Derek and my heart mourned for her in these moments, experiencing her grief and pain with Reese. The beauty of these moments when she speaks to Derek warmed my heart as she worked through her grief, speaking from her heart and being utterly honest in where she was at in her journey. Alannah captured Reese in this novel as opening up to the unknown but moving her forward in a way she’s always desired and expressed interest. This forward motion was true to the character I connected with in Reese. Logan and Reese pushed and pulled against each other and there was no denying the connection between the two of them. They gained so much from one another, not just in knowledge about the other but also in completing a puzzle within themselves they could only hope would one day find that missing piece. I’ll remember their story and I’ll come back to it again and again. I’m excited for the next Donnelley Brothers book, A Safe Surrender. I fell in love with Logan so I’m anxious to see how his other brothers compare in their upcoming adventures. Give this a try and find your next book crush!! Rating: 4.5 stars

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