99 Days of Laney MacGuire
by Rachel Bateman
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: January 9, 2014
Publisher: Metamorphosis Books
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance
Print Length: 324 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Laney can’t wait to
spend the summer at her father’s lake resort. It’s a place where time
stands still and nothing ever changes – the perfect thing for Laney
after the year she just had. But when she gets there, she discovers the
lodge isn’t quite as unchanging as she once thought.
Some of the
differences are good, like Rory’s new look; some are bad, like whatever
secret Karissa is keeping. And then some things are just confusing,
Weston, her mysterious new co-worker, who is the
cause of so many of the changes Laney hates. She wants to despise him,
but she can’t deny the attraction she feels, nor the desire she has to
be around the one person who didn’t know her before the summer - the one
person she doesn’t have to pretend for.
99 Days of Laney MacGuire by Rachel Bateman
My Rating: 5 Stars
From the start, there is a raw and jagged, and brittle feel to 99 Days of Laney MacGuire by Rachel Bateman. As Laney looks forward to spending time with her father at the resort he owns, she feels a small part of the burden of shame lifted as she gains a reprieve from living under her mother’s thumb and with the nightmares that have haunted her for a year. Even with her best friends by her side, something is still not right, is it Laney who has changed, become more sullen and quiet or have they all changed? Enter Weston, older than Laney, but at first, equal parts intriguing and repulsive. Was it her obvious attraction to him that made her prickle when he was around? Could he be a safe place to land, not knowing her past? She doesn’t want to be the old Laney, but she doesn’t want to be the new Laney, either. As her secrets begin to choke her, her world is coming unglued and only Weston seems to know how to hold her together as she fights to regain her balance and think beyond herself. It isn’t until her mother comes to take her home and take control of her life that Laney finally faces the truth and reveals why she carries the scar on her wrist. Will the truth set her free? Will Weston still be there for her? What about her friends, her mother, father and his new wife?
What starts out slowly with dark undertones throughout deepens into the heartbreaking and painful journey that Laney must take as she attempts to deal with her past, alone. Rachel Bateman has pulled out all of the stops in portraying the inner turmoil and desire to be “normal” again that Laney faces. She has given life to each character, filling them with heart, flaws and their own set of problems, including the blind spots we all have when looking at the world around us. A beautifully presented tale of the journey to personal redemption and self love. From start to finish each page just got better and better as I was sucked into the mind and world of Laney MacGuire.
I received this copy as part of the 99 Days of Laney MacGuire Tour and Giveaway at Tome Tender until July 9, 2014.