A Broken Us Book Review
A Broken Us
by Amy Daws
A Broken Us Synopsis
Finley and Brody live in their own little bubble of “us.” Instead of, “I love you,” they say, “I love us.” It’s their own perfect endearment to each other. Finley’s quirky ways are the perfect contrast to Brody’s scandalously sexy passion.
But Finley’s picture-perfect world gets pummeled when she gets a hard dose of reality from her doctor that changes everything.
Crippled with the fear of Brody’s reaction, Finley does what she does best—she runs. She breaks his heart and leaves behind a life that is just too painful to live.
One international flight later, Finley’s best friend welcomes her with open arms in London and she is immersed in a new country with new experiences and eccentric roommates.
Nursing a broken heart, Finley grieves for the life she left behind and attempts to embrace the new one she is creating. When a cheeky Brit named Liam, a self proclaimed “fixer” catches her eye, she hopes it’s exactly what she needs to forget. But when Liam wants to help Finley unpack her bags for good, she realizes that her heart is still back home…with Brody.
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“Are you sure being here is what you really want, Finley?” she asks, turning her head to face me, and resting her chin on my shoulder. “I mean, I want you here forever. I love having you here. But is this what’s best for you and Brody?”
“Yes,” I answer. “I can’t change things now. It’s too late, Lez. Brody’s seeing Olivia now, anyway.”
“Olivia?” Leslie questions.
“College Olivia, the one you called old. Remember?”
“Ick! Oldie Oli’? Gross! Why would he be with her? She looked wrinkly back in college, she’s got to look like a grandmother by now!” Leslie replies with disgust smeared across her face.
Leslie and I didn’t attend the same university but visited each other as frequently as we could. When she met Olivia for the first time, Leslie asked me how old she was because she thought Olivia looked like an alternative student in her thirties. I can always count on Lez to tell it like it is.
I smirk slightly at her bashing of a woman I truly hate.
“There’s pictures of them all over Facebook,” I offer meekly.
“I thought you deactivated your Facebook account, Fin!”
“I reactivated it,” I reply, shrugging my shoulders.
“Well there’s your first mistake,” she sighs dramatically. “What’s really going on, Finley? Talk to me. This isn’t you. You used to tell me everything. Even the cracks, remember?”
I smile to myself. Leslie and I used to say that to each other in high school when we were going through whatever sophomoric drama was happening at the time. “Empty out your brain, even the cracks.” It is so nice having someone know all my deepest, darkest secrets. Brody used to be that person for me. I told him everything. And now I’m keeping the worst kind of secret I can from him.
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There is no tender beginning for A Broken Us by Amy Daws. The heartache begins from the moment her pen hit the page. In Amy Daw’s debut contemporary romance, Finley’s picture-perfect world gets pummeled when she gets a hard dose of reality from her doctor that changes everything.
Finley’s life plan takes a sudden turn when she realizes that she will never be able to give Brody the baby that they have tried so hard to make. Instead of facing it head on with his help, Fin runs, breaking Brody’s heart.
Fin runs to London in an effort to forget Brody and the “love of us” that they shared. With the help of her friend, Lesley, and Lesley’s roommates and friends Fin starts unpacking her past, leaving it behind and moving on with the help of Liam, a self-proclaimed “fixer”, and she hope he is exactly what she needs to forget. But when Liam wants to help Finley unpack her baggage for good, she realizes that her heart is still back home…with Brody.
Fin’s complex journey leads her to discover a wonderful family with an adopted daughter and her heart begins to open, soften, and her head begins the healing journey that will take her back to “us”.
The pacing is quite steady; some new truth is always waiting around the next corner for Fin and Brody, that readers likely won’t expect. The romance feels natural as well, as Fin and Brody move back toward each other. Fin’s hesitation about their future, in spite of her undeniable love for Brody, adds believability. Throughout, Amy Daws delivers well-developed characters; each major player in the story has his or her fair share of flaws which adds dimension to the story.
A dynamic contemporary romance, as unstoppable as the attraction between the book’s two main characters. Highly recommended and incredible writing for Amy’s first novel.
~ Patricia, Room With Books ~ © Sep 23, 2014
It is my pleasure to welcome Amy Daws, author of A Broken Us, to Room With Books.
Please tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m currently a TV commercial producer for a local network affiliate station in South Dakota. So I write, shoot, and edit cheesy commercials for a living. Electronic Media and Journalism is what I went to school for, so I’m grateful to have a job in my industry, but writing is definitely a huge passion of mine.
A Broken Us is your first novel, correct?
Yes it is! I can’t tell you how much fun I had writing it. It’s my first novel, but not my first book. My first book was a memoir entitled, Chasing Hope, and that was released Memorial Day of 2014. It was my true story of my journey through multiple miscarriages and eventually the miraculous birth of my daughter Lorelei. I’m so thankful I wrote that book because it ignited this huge passion I have for writing and I have tons more books to get out there!
Where did your inspiration for, A Broken Us, come from?
I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of contemporary romance novels and I’ve never really read a book that had an infertility storyline in it. Since I’m so experienced in that area, due to my history, I thought it could make a really interesting storyline for a heroine of a romance novel to be struggling with something like this. I saw this as a way for me to interest my Chasing Hope readers, but also open up my demographic to romance lovers like me.
Where do your ideas come from?
From all over! I stole my daughters Hello Kitty notebook one day because I realized that if I didn’t start writing these ideas that popped into my head then I would forget them and lose them forever. So now I have that notebook with me everywhere. I steal a lot from my personal life but twist it and morph it until it’s barely recognizable. My life is so not as cool and romantic as the stuff I write in, A Broken Us, but that’s the beauty of writing fiction, you get to take more chances.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I probably wrote Chasing Hope in 3-4 months. But I took a lot of breaks and didn’t spend nearly as much time on it. It was emotional and painful, so I had to step away from it at times. A Broken Us consumed me until I finished. I wrote it in two weeks. But that was tough because I have a full time job and a husband and daughter, so I literally wrote from 9 at night til 2 in the morning when everyone was in bed. There was a lot of coffee consumed during those couple weeks.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Publish more of course! Chasing Hope will have a sequel to it called, Chasing Peace that will sort of wrap up my true story and give a bit more closure on all of that. So I’m currently working on Chasing Peace. But I love love love reading contemporary romance. And now I love love love writing contemporary romance! A Broken Us has definite spin off potential and I’m working some of those ideas out now as well. So, overall, I imagine contemporary romance is where my writing career will be heading.
Tell us about the cover and how it came about?
The girl on the cover is a girl from my hometown who I actually took senior pictures for when she graduated high school a while back. I do a little photography on the side, so when I was trying to find a model to be my Finley…she immediately popped into my head. My sister-in-law, Megan Daws, and myself shot the cover photo. We both had our own cameras armed and clicking at our shoot. I don’t actually know who’s picture ended up on the cover…and I don’t care. We’re a great team and I love working with her. A bunch of the photos from our shoot were used in the book video trailer, so it’s definitely a collaborative effort. I did all the cover design myself. I work in advertising and am very familiar with graphic design. I’m in love with my cover…it’s just beautiful!
What do you think most characterizes your writing?
Candid, honest and self-deprecating. And I love to write humor. I am a total goof in real life and I love to laugh, so I do my best to portray interesting characters that have funny moments. If you LOL while reading my books…I’ve succeeded.
Which writers inspire you?
Well I have to first give a shout out to my all time favorite British Chick Lit author, Elizabeth Young. Her book, Asking For Trouble was one of the first chick lit books I read and I haven’t been able to stop reading since! She has a hilarious self-deprecating humor to her heroines that resonates so strongly with me. Also, Jennifer Lancaster, who made memoirs about non-famous people cool! She’s got a great voice on paper. Then of course there’s Samantha Young…love her On Dublin Street series, then Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines. Okay, I have so many more but I’ll leave it at them. J
What’s next for you?
My memoir sequel, Chasing Peace, is going to be published in early 2015. And then I’m working on a spin off book to, A Broken Us, that I would love to release in the summer of 2015 if possible. Then there’s many more spin off potentials for, A Broken Us that I’m super excited to get started on after that!
Amy Daws Bio
Amy Daws is a local TV commercial producer and lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s passion for writing. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle. For more of Amy’s work, visit: www.amydawsauthor.com
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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Daws/e/B00KGCDCXY
A Broken Us Blog Tour Giveaway Items
- (3) E-books of A Broken Us
- (3) E-books of Chasing Hope with a Chasing Peace Sneak Peak
- (1) Signed Paperback of A Broken Us
- (1) Signed Paperback of Chasing Hope
- (1) Swag Pack: Signed ABU Bookmark, Signed Chasing Hope Bookmark, ABU Magnet