Saturday, July 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Finding Bliss by Dina Silver - Review and Giveaway

I am so excited to be a part of the Finding Bliss Blog Tour, hosted by AToMR Tours!  While today marks the final day of the tour, you can go back and read other reviews and promos by visiting other Tour Hosts using the schedule found here.  No really...go check them out (but only after you read my review first - HA!)

Genre:  Women's Fiction
Published:  July 16, 2013
Source: Blog Tour

Book Description:

Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family.  Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, she has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds––a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds’ eldest son Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down.

An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just a fling, but she can’t quite get over him. It’s not until Tyler contacts her out of the blue late one winter night that everything changes.

After doing everything in her power to build the perfect life, Chloe soon learns that there are things beyond her control. She must draw on inner reserves of strength as her life takes unpredictable—and sometimes heartbreaking—twists and turns, and she finds herself faced with decisions she never thought she’d have to make. Poignant, heartfelt, and emotional, Finding Bliss is a reminder that you don’t have to live a fairytale life in order to have a happy ending.

This story was a gut-punch from pretty much start to finish.  But sometimes, that's the kind of story that I want to read - the ugly, the fetal rocking in the corner, the that-which-doesn't-kill-us-makes-us-stronger-kind-of-story.  There have even been times when I've begged for books "that will make me bawl".  True story.  So needless to say, I was not disappointed with this book.   But have no fear, along with some well justified fist-shaking, Finding Bliss also had it's fair share of fist-pumping.  (That was for some of my readers whom I know require a HEA).

That being said, the journey to that HEA is quite the trek.  I mean, there were times when I was thinking to myself, HOW MUCH MORE CAN THIS GIRL HANDLE?!?

The good times though -- they made her completely happy and really, what's more important than that?  The cast of characters is well-written and the romantic element is realistic and what I really appreciated was that while Chloe may not be characterized as a traditional badass, she is determined and knows what she wants and even more important, she knows what she deserves.  


So yeah, this book scratched an itch and I look forward to reading more by Dina Silver. 

A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. In addition to writing ad copy, she formed Dinas Ideas (, a greeting card company, in 2003. Dina serves as the sole writer and designer for the business and has penned over 300 greeting cards since its inception.

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