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Worth the Effort: Ella's Story (Love's an Effort Book 1) by [Strand, Kai]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4378 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K4F0C18
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,097,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ella is a teen on the verge of becoming an adult. She works in a coffee shop, goes to school and has a family with money behind her to catch her if she falls but when she finds a homeless boy who is about her age (whose name is Ayden) at the back of the coffee shop she has a choice to make on whether to run or to stop and find out more about him. Taking the latter option Ella finds herself building some level of connection Ayden but will she be able to understand and trust him for his decisions he is making?

Having read something by Kai Strand in the past I was looking forward to a great writing style that flows beautifully and thankfully this book delivered on that. The story being told here is an interesting one and one of the things that drew me to this is that there is a second book available (Worth the Effort: Ayden's Story) which tells things from Ayden's point of view and I can confirm that the second book is on my Kindle and set to be read so Kai has once again delivered on a book that made me want to see what happens next.

This is a really interesting read that makes the reader think about their own situation in life as you consider how you would react to the situations at hand for Ella. The writing is excellent and the author has delivered a great story in a way that leaves you wanting to know more as you have become involved with the characters during the short space of time you've got to know them.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a different love story 8 Aug. 2014
By Sharif - Published on Amazon.com
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Ella works at a restaurant where a homeless boy sits in the alley. At first she’s afraid since she doesn’t know him and she’s a young lady by herself when she steps into that area. It’s freezing outside and she can’t help but feel sorry for him, so she brings him food and drinks.

His name is Ayden and they fall into a relationship that's both natural and beautiful. There’s Ella’s home life, which she detests, since her wealthy father is so fake and her parents pressure her to be a certain kind of way. With Ayden she feels a warmth and love that she craves. When she finds out more about him, she’s stunned and feels betrayed.

I enjoyed the character development. Ella came across as very real, while Ayden was a big mystery who had heart. I had some questions about character motivation, since I was confused during the last portion of the story, but this is a novella and the beginning of a series from what I can tell.
4.0 out of 5 stars Draws You In and Holds You Close 15 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As a reader, found myself drawn into this story from the first sample pages. I just had to read more, so I purchased a copy and kept going.
Ella is a well-rounded character whose story is believable and heart-warming. She is searching for answers, for purpose, and a place, and she finds all of those in a growing friendship with a homeless boy. After an unexpected twist, she discovers that there's more to Ayden's story than she knew.
The only thing that holds me back from giving this a five star is that I almost felt as if Ayden's unexpected twist made things a little too easy in some ways. However, from the way the book ends and the blurb for the second book, I think that Kai Strand will address this in the next book.
I am thankful for the clean, sweetness of the characters in spite of the grittiness of their lives and situations. The characterization and world-building (setting and background) is very well done. The writing drew me in and held me close to the hearts of the characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan for Life 2 Jan. 2015
By C. Collier - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll admit, I've known Kai (virtually speaking) for a while, and that always makes me hesitate to read someone's work. I want to be able to leave a fabulous review, but I have to be honest.

I shouldn't have worried.

Ella's story is a sweet tale of becoming aware of those around us and seeing the world through new eyes. The characters grow and change in ways that make you want to follow their example. This one will have you looking around and thinking deeper about the homeless and hidden struggles of the heart.

And, can't I just say? Plot twist. Yup. Never saw that one coming.

This is a great, quick read I recommend for all readers who enjoy contemporary or young adult stories.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read! 1 July 2014
By S. J. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a sweet story about unlikely romance. Ella is a thoughtful girl who makes it her mission to care for a young homeless man she almost literally stumbles over in the alley outside the coffee shop she works at. It was a light read and full of emotion. I gave this book four stars because I found it a bit melodramatic, at times.

Nice job, Kai!
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Enlightning 28 Jun. 2014
By PJZ - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a heartwarming story of two teens finding that their upbringing doesn't have to define them, they can make the choice to be the kind of person they want to be. These two teens have an eye opening moment when they discover they're not who they've thought each other to be. On top of this, importance of kindness is illustrated in this lovely story.
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