Now, onto this fabulous Novella. Yes, it's a Novella and only about 100 pages so you'll get just a glimpse into the life of Erin Easter. Two more installments are due out over the next year. Follow Jamie McGuire for more info about her upcoming work.
Synopsis: #1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin "Alder" Alderman and Erin "Sonny" Masterson are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Alder has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.
Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Easter does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings ... both for his future, and for her.
A shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, and Easter's life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything she thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.
ReviewSince I was aware of the fact that this was a novella, I had no problem with not getting the "whole story." We're introduced to THREE Erin's that live in the small town of Blackwell, Oklahoma and have lived there their entire lives. The girls share not only a name, but also a birthday.
Naturally they were friends from the beginning, having grown up in the same town with two similarities, but that's where those similarities end. Unlike the other two Erin's Easter as she's nicknamed to tell them all apart has grown up with a hard life. Her mother is a single parent and her home life is a struggle. Then, in fifth grade their friendship falls apart and she's left to fend for herself against the popular "mean girls" for her duration in the small town.
What did I love about this? We get to see Weston finally not only show interest in her, but stand up for her. Unfortunately Weston has a girlfriend :( You'll just have to read Happenstance to find out how their story turns out! *wink*
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About Jamie McGuire
Her 2012 novel, Walking Disaster™ debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster™, and the Providence™ series. Her latest books include an apocalyptic thriller, Red Hill™ and a novella, A Beautiful Wedding™.
Jamie now lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.