Tuesday, November 17, 2015

review || 120 DAYS { release day } by M. Stratton

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M. Stratton | November 17, 2015 | Family Life


120 days... The average number of days someone stays at Last Resort.
17 weeks... Surrounded by love, laughter and support.
4 months... More time than they had before they walked through the door.

Real estate developer Ethan McGregor’s life was changed forever when his younger brother told him he was dying of cancer. Ethan was ready to do whatever it took to save Evan, but Evan had other plans.

Say goodbye…
Samantha Truman runs the privately-funded Last Resort. Watching her parent’s drive and determination to live longer than the doctors gave them was the inspiration for the resort. It is her heart and soul--she lives to make sure that each day is precious, and one more sunrise or sunset can make all the difference the guests at Last Resort need.

After finding his brother’s journal, and discovering more about Last Resort, Ethan is determined to find out if this place is one of those “too good to be true” places that turn out to be a scam. But he was not ready for Samantha Truman, he was not ready for everything to change, for his point of view in life to be so incredibly altered, for the world to turn its axis. There are, after all, some things Ethan can’t control, who to fall in love with is one of them.

How much can change in 120 days?

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{ about m. stratton } .


Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her Storm Series and Bender. She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago, Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people. Stratton is a self-proclaimed dork who loves to make people laugh. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd, but she quiet and shy on the outside. She spends her days plotting new ways to surprise her readers.

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What an emotional journey Ms. Stratton takes us on in her story, 120 DAYS. There are some topics that any one can write about, but it takes a survivor, a family member, or a very close friend, who can hit the heartstrings just the right way -- and regardless of the dedication, the writing of this story made it extremely evident how close the author was to the subject matter.

This was a story about finding life and love when you knew your days were numbered. This was about a woman who wanted to give life and love to those who knew their days were numbered.

That all said... I'm at a bit of a crossroads when it comes to this story. The emotion is devastating. I cried.... likely 75% plus of the book. The writing, though... The writing itself at times (...75% plus) was a bit choppy and not as deep as a story of this one's emotional magnitude could be. It feels like an oxymoron to say -- the writing wasn't the best I've seen, but I was so emotionally invested, it was easy to forget.

Not a book to be read on break at work, but one that should be read when you allow yourself to pull down your emotional guards and truly feel everything the author has to say. One the better heart-wrenching stories of 2015.


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