Thursday, March 19, 2015

Awakening the Willow's Heart by Jacqueline Anne

Title: Awakening the Willow’s Heart

Series: Endeavors Book 1 

Author:   Jacqueline Anne 

Publisher: Self

Genre: MF, Coming of age, Sweet Romance

Pages: 237

Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Coming from a troubled home where no one loves her, Miya Jenkins turns to the only people who ever cared – the Walkers. Her best friends, Cate and Caden, always have her back and their parents treat her like a second daughter. She’s smart, dedicated to her education, and focused on success. Miya learns to trust her instincts and never relinquish control, all while enjoying what life and men have to offer. Trust is a hard thing to come by for Miya, and she refuses to open up her heart. Like the willow tree under which she lost her innocence, she bends but doesn’t break.

Caden Walker – always there for her, always protective, always a comfort, but wanting more.

Miya refuses to reveal her inner self, not even to him, and she’s not willing to sacrifice their friendship. She wants a normal life, to feel anchored in the safety of someone’s arms, but she wonders if anyone can ever tear down the high walls built around her heart. Is it possible the walls already began to crumble beneath that willow tree? Will all of her successful endeavors lead her to the one she thought most unattainable?

Endeavors series starts out with Miya’s story.  I love how author Jacqueline Anne has really brought a story with heart and soul.  We get to see Miya grow up. From her abusive parents to the people who are sweet enough to take her in. Miya has always been a good person at heart despite all the troubles she has had in her life. She has a great best friend in Cate.  She even develops a friendship with her brother Caden. That relationship turns to love when they get older.  I like the progression from childhood to adulthood and the feelings changing. It felt right and real that she ends up with Caden.
This is Miya’s journey from darkness into the light. I really loved her. I wanted her to have her happy ending. I hope Cate’s story is next. She too deserves a happy ending.  I cannot wait to see what this series hold for the future. Ms. Anne does a great job of making me love and want more of her characters and their story.   Awakening the Willow’s Heart is a must read for anyone who loves a good coming of age story and a happily ever after. 

                                     Five Shooting Stars

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