As some of you may know, I have been reviewing books on The Indie Bookshelf for the last 6 months. Now that I am back to blogging here, I thought it would be fun to join in on the occasional book blog tour and share some of the books that I have been enjoying.
This first tour is for a book that I absolutely loved. I had the opportunity to read it in it’s beginning stages and really enjoyed it. I read it a second time after the final edit and it was even better!
Running on Empty is a debut novel, written by L.B. Simmons. It is the emotional story of Alex, a woman who has it all; a perfect husband, a perfect family and a perfect job until one horrible accident turns her life upside down. Her husband is killed in an accident that leaves her heartbroken, grieving and trying to survive as best she can. Surrounded by friends and family who want so much more for her she continues to live her life, running on empty.
Three years later Alex is trying to just get by, parenting her three girls, and working to support her family. Then Blake arrives; gorgeous, caring, and funny Blake who seeks out a friendship with Alex, but is repeatedly pushed away.
Now, torn between loyalty towards her dead husband and new feelings for her childhood friend, Alex must choose between living in the past or taking the second chance that life has given her for a new future.
This book was such an emotional read for me and I enjoyed every second. The struggle that Alex faced between letting go of her old life and starting over again was palpable and left me aching for her. Her children were adorable and reminded me of my own. The characters were all so beautifully written that they leapt off the page.
I especially loved Harlow, Alex’s best friend and quite frankly her one woman support system. She was strong and caring and always had the right words, even when they were hard to say. She was everything a best friend should be.
The romance was very well written and very clean which I loved. It was gentle and sweet; just perfectly what Alex needed.
I hope you will check it out. It’s a wonderful read and a wonderful price. You can find it here on Amazon and here on Barnes and Noble. You can also follow along the blog tour here.