Defining Moments Book Review

Defining Moments

A Moments In Time Love Story

By Dori Lavelle

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Secrets. Lies. Betrayal.

How much heartbreak can one heart take?

Melisa Dane has made it through the worst. Her heart was broken, but Florian Dane, better known as “Heat”—and the man of her dreams—returned to mend it. Now, with her family almost complete, Melisa is ready to sit back and enjoy life.

But fate isn’t done with her yet. The perpetual smile on her face freezes when the second man to steal her heart shows up in her life once again. Scott Bergfeld, the husband she buried and grieved for years ago, is not dead, and he comes back bearing secrets.

Heartbroken and confused, Melisa tries to find answers to questions she never thought she’d ask, but what she learns throws her life into turmoil. Soon, cracks start to form in her marriage with Heat. As her heart is torn into two halves—between the man she loved first and the man she married first—she comes dangerously close to having her whole life destroyed again. How many people will end up getting hurt? This time, does she have the strength to make it through?


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I have had the privilege of following Dori’s journey from her first publication, Entangled Moments, and occasionally offering my opinions on her writing. It is such a pleasure to watch how her characters have grown and lived their lives through her writing.

Throughout their story Melisa and Heat have encountered tragedy upon tragedy. Their love began in high school, survived painful rejection, faced almost insurmountable personal challenges, and yet they managed to come about with their lives and their love stronger than ever.

Melisa and Heat became as real to me as any two characters on a page could become. The depth of their suffering brought me to tears, their joy lent moments of laughter and I feel as though I have shared in the love they have known.

Dori Lavelle’s writing has exceeded my every expectations with the full length novel, Defining Moments. I highly recommend it with

3D 5 Gold Stars

~ Patricia, Room With Books ~ © Sept 8, 2014


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Dori Lavelle, is a mother, wife, and a sucker for happy-ever-afters and mint chocolate. Give her a great romance novel and a mug of hot chocolate and she’d be one happy woman.

Growing up, Dori read a lot, and when she wasn’t happy with a particular ending, she wrote a different one, just for herself. Before long, she was writing stories when she should have been doing homework. The time has come for her to share the stories she cooks up in her head.

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