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Drowning Erin Paperback – 8 Sep 2017
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She seems to have it all with Rob; a nice house, a good job, a fiance with everything going for him. But below the surface, it's not great. Her fiance works longer and longer hours, her father and brother have problems she hides from her fiancé and she feels like she's the only one holding it all together. And when her fiancés best friend arrives to stay, she hates it because she hates him.
Except she doesn't. And he can see beyond the façade she projects.
When everything falls apart for Erin, she has a choice to make. Will it be the right one for her, or the right one for everyone else? Sink or swim? Live or drown?
This is the first book I've read by this author, and it can be read as a standalone. I could feel the angst, the dilemma, oozing out of the pages. Poor Erin; I wanted to both hug her and shake her at the same time. The characters have a real depth to them, their layers gradually peeling back to reveal their story.
It's a well-written book that I would definitely recommend. Probably best read with wine and chocolate.
I received an ARC of this book and this is my voluntarily, honest review of it.
‘Drowning Erin’ isn’t the first book that I read from the writer Elizabeth O’Roark. The books that I have read from her, I enjoyed them very much so I was looking forward to her new book. Especially because this book is about Brendan Langstrom, the younger brother of Will (who was the main character in the book ‘Waking Olivia’). And Erin Doyle is best friends with Olivia (the female main character of ‘Waking Olivia’). So, as hoped and expected we also saw a little bit of that couple in this book too. It was wonderful to see them back after loving their story so much in ‘Waking Olivia’.
From the moment that Brendan and Erin met there was something between them. But for difference reasons none of the two acted on the feelings they felt. And then the moment to react passed away and life went on. Erin got a relationship with Brendan’s best friend and Brendan went to Italy. So she wasn’t much confronted with him but now some years later Brendan is back. And Erin’s boyfriend wants him to stay with them for a while, something that Erin doesn’t want but nobody asked her opinion. So now Erin sees Brendan more than she wants and the fact that Erin’s boyfriend has to go away for his work to The Netherlands and he will be away for some time is also something that Erin isn’t happy about. During his absent things happen, things that make that Erin and Brendan are seeing a different side of each other. Old feelings are coming to the surface and at the end they will have to decide if they made a wrong decision all those years ago. And can they make the right one this time or was it never meant to be?
This story takes place a few years after ‘Waking Olivia’. I must confess that I was a little bit hesitant about reading this book because of the mention in the blurb that Brendan was a manwhore. I’m not that fond of manwhores but I decided to trust the writer with this story.
One of the things that I loved about this story was the fact that the story was told from both POV’s and not only that but it was also told in the present and past time. The fact that we saw the present time through Erin’s eyes and we saw the past through Brendan’s eyes gave the story more depth to me. It certainly have me more insight in Brendan’s thoughts and feelings. Something that I really needed and liked. With each chapter we also got more insight in Erin’s thoughts and secrets. The writer really built the story slowly out.
I found both characters likeably and I enjoyed the story. At the end of the story it became clear that Brendan had a real fear of commitment, where it came from I don’t know but sometimes you can have a fear without a ‘real’ reason for it.
It was only at the end of the story that I had some doubts about the story because I got the feeling that Erin was going to make the wrong choice! The fact that she had doubts again at the end of the book, made that I wanted to shake her but luckily for her (and me) she did make the right choice at the very end.
I enjoy the story but just like that Will and Brendan are brothers, they’re also both very different from each other and that is the same with their books. But that isn’t a bad thing, that makes life just interesting. Each character has to tell their own story.
Drowning Erin packed a great big punch of a story with little extras thrown in for good measure. Family troubles along with work stress and romance with a side of angst that had me worried for Erin and the choices she might make.
Faced with the choice of dependable Rob or risky, fly by the seat of his pants, Brendan who would I choose? Make me vulnerable, make me have trust issues and a whole heap of missed communication and speculation and I would have resorted to booze, ice cream, chocolate and becoming a hermit.
I was wide eyed and enthralled through it all.
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