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Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster

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A story of love lost...and found.

Mia Wells's eco-friendly career goals are about to become a reality-but her life-altering moment is interrupted when an unexpected call ushers in her tremulous past. A man who's never left Mia's memory: Flynn, the enigmatic, passionate

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Read Laura Spinella's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

A story of love lost...and found.

Mia Wells's eco-friendly career goals are about to become a reality-but her life-altering moment is interrupted when an unexpected call ushers in her tremulous past. A man who's never left Mia's memory: Flynn, the enigmatic, passionate man whose disappearance broke her heart, has mysteriously resurfaced.

Now back in her life and in the hospital, Flynn is gravely injured. Mia keeps a bedside vigil-terrified that he will die, awestruck at the prospect of his survival. In a story filled with sweetness and suspense, Mia's what-ifs are endless. And Flynn's return ignites an achingly powerful tale about the most enduring love, one that is greater than honor, or friendship, or the passing of time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Romance trumps suspense in Spinella's feverishly soapy debut. A phone call from a doctor friend at a Silver Spring, Md., hospital interrupts Mia Montgomery Wells in the middle of her pitch to a potential major investor in her eco-friendly office concept. Mia rushes to the hospital, where she finds her former biker boyfriend, Peyton Flynn McDermott, in a coma in the ICU, the victim of a serious road accident. Thirteen years earlier, Peyton fell in love with Mia when she was a design student at the University of Georgia, but later dumped her because he thought she would be better off without him. As she begins her bedside vigil, Mia flashes back to her turbulent relationship with Peyton, whom she knew to be a dangerous drifter and possibly a serial killer. While Mia realizes her revived passion for Peyton will have serious repercussions for her marriage, she believes fate has given them a second chance to sort out their earlier issues. Some readers may find Mia's actions less than credible. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425238608
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Spinella lives in Massachusetts with her family. This is her debut novel.

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Beautiful Disaster 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Story, even though I don't usually like Romances Let me start by saying, I am not a huge fan of Romance books. In the case of Beautiful Disaster I am more than willing to make an exception. This book captured my interest from page one and held it throughout the entire book. More than just a romance book, Laura Spinella's debut novel contains an intriguing back story that grabbed the mystery/thriller loving portion of my brain and left me chewing on several theories as the story progressed. While this part of the story was by no means the main event, nor really even entirely fleshed out, it kept me reading through the more formulaic romance aspects of the book. And even that portion of the book was above average. Rather than being one dimensional, Spinella's characters were flawed, which only added to their allure. At some point in the book each character was poised to make choices that left me shaking my head and saying, "What were you thinking????" Did the story contain all the formulaic pieces of a typical romance? Yes, it did. BUT -- this was much more than just a boy and girl meet, fall in love, become estranged, get back together, and live happily ever after story. It was a richly told story about people, they choices they make, and the impact throughout their lives of those choices.
Maria_Geraci More than 1 year ago
While in college, Mia Wells fell in love with Flynn, a mysterious stranger with a past that might include violence. Flynn and Mia's attraction to one another is instant and magical. For reasons I won't reveal (so as not to give away spoilers) Flynn leaves Mia. Unable to find him, Mia eventually makes a life for herself with another man. Now, 12 years later, Flynn comes back into her life. He's been involved in a serious accident and is in a coma. Mia keeps a vigilant watch over his sick bed in the ICU. With flashbacks that narrate their past, the novel weaves from the past to the present, revealing secrets that lead to the novel's romantic conclusion. I really loved this book and would highly recommend it to readers of romance who like a little mystery thrown in.
Mary Fraser More than 1 year ago
Great read -wonderful characters good girl meets bad boy couldn't put it down
Madriver More than 1 year ago
A good read for fans of romantic fiction Disclosure: I'm not a fan of romance or 'soap opera' books, and only picked this one up because the author lives in my home town. Even though I don't know her I wanted to be supportive, since having a novel published is an extraordinary achievement. That said, I kind of enjoyed the book and didn't anticipate some of the twists the author threw in (which is always nice). I actually liked it much better than the other books in this genre that my book group has read. My only criticism is that some of the descriptions were a little flowery and some of the conversations seemed overly wordy and repetitive. She has another book out, and I'm going to check it out. This is well worth a read, especially for those who love romantic fiction.
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IandSsmom More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!! Beginning to end it was wonderful! The characters were great and I felt for each of them in their own ways! Basically it is a good girl in college meets a bad boy and they have whirl wind romance and then he disappears then jumps 6 years and he appears in a coma and is once again in her life. Of course she has seemingly moved on so it is complicated. Throw in a deep down well meaning best friend and a little murder mystery and this just makes a really great book! It was a quick read because it was so good and kept moving forward. Truely one of my recent favorite books!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Married Mia Montgomery Wells persuades a customer to invest in her eco-friendly office set-up when she receives a call. Her former boyfriend Peyton Flynn McDermott lies in a coma in a Silver Spring, Maryland hospital following an accident. She apologizes to her potential investor before rushing off to the hospital in a panic. Thirteen years ago when Mia attended the University of Georgia as a design major, she and Peyton met and fell in love. However, he dumped her when he concluded his beloved deserved someone better than a troubled soul like he was. While her spouse is upset with her bed vigil, Mia stays by Peyton's side while musing back to when they were a couple. He was a biking riding drifter who she feared might be a serial killer. Now she believes she has a second chance to at least learn why he left and how he feels though at the cost of her marriage regardless of what Peyton does after he recovers; which she expects though his doctors are much more cautious. This is an interesting second chance at love tale with the twist that Mia apparently nukes her marriage and her business on a wing and a prayer that Peyton will tell her why he left and admits to her he loves her. She has no doubt he will recover even when he suffers setbacks that shake her soul; as Mia believes fate would not have used the emergency to bring them together. Although Mia's flushing her marriage and business are difficult to accept as reasonable actions; that is why Beautiful Disaster works as love makes people obsess into doing strange things seemingly out of character. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is from 2011 and its $12.99? Im interested in reading it but i dont know how many pages it is on a nook, i dont want to pay that much for it and have it be 150-200 pages
TwiRose More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. And the author is very kind also. She is on goodreads.
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
I am most impressed that this is a debut novel.  It is superbly written.  I was immediately immersed in the story and had a hard time putting it down.  When it comes down to it, I am a romantic and I love to lose myself in a quality love story.  I particularly like that it is not all sugar and spice and all things nice.  It is raw and emotional and complicated.  It just felt believable. Spinella did a fantastic job on character development.  Although I never really connected with Mia, she truly fascinated me.  She was an interesting and complex character.  Flynn worked his way under my skin fairly early in the book.  I would not say I found him lovable but I was oddly attached to him.  Together, they are dynamic. I highly recommend reading this book.  You don’t have to be a fan of romance to enjoy it.  It is really a finely crafted, beautiful story.  What an absolutely remarkable debut.  I will be reading more by Laura Spinella for certain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a fantastic read!! I was unable to put it down and was literally gasping at every unexpected turn!! I highly recommend it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me interested the whole time which is rare. Loved it.
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This book was amazing! teaches you what faith is really all about and never to give up on the one person you truly love. I loved the characters. Fell in love with the story and only wished there was a 2nd part. This book was just AWESOME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the storyline was fantastical, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the author's writing style. The story is such a tribute to hope, faith, and everlasting love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really $13. Not original enought for that kind of money.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Mia, as a college student,  is swept away by the mysterious and dangerous Flynn.  The love affair is ended when Flynn leaves her with no note or goodbye.  Mia is devastated, that is the one thing Flynn promised her he would never do.  It takes six long years and very few dates for her to move on with her life.  Michael Wells, her husband,  gives her an amazing life.  Her career as an eco-friendly interior designer is about to come true, bet she has never really moved past Flynn. Roxanne, Mia’s college roommate, has become a doctor and calls Mia when Flynn is brought to her hospital after a motorcycle crash.  Mia arrives finding him in a coma and keeps a bedside vigil.  Flynns return to her life will force her to be true with Michael about her feelings and their marriage. This is Laura Spinella’s debut novel.  Once you read it you will think I have my facts mixed up.  Every chapter was beautifully written and very enjoyable.  I was unable to put it down.  The emotions and thoughts the character had were shared perfectly.  In fact, so perfect I felt like I was friends with Mia, Flynn, and Roxanne for years and had lived through the happiness, heart break, and tears.  The fact that Laura tells the history, the Athen chapters, and the present made the story so real.  I enjoyed getting the history and then seeing how it related to what was happening in the present.  I got so lost in this story. Beautiful Disaster is definitely a love story.  But there is so much more to it.  This is a story of love, honor, morals, and believing in each other.  I will most certainly share this with all my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It will show up that you havent read it . A lot if this lately! Still a wonderful book. I will not punish the author by giving one star. I cant wait for sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing first novel !! Read it you will not regret it!
Belababie More than 1 year ago
I did not want the story to end....
MarissaA More than 1 year ago
I have heard so much rave over this novel for the past few months, and now, I can write, that I'm part of the rave, because The Edge Of Never, really was well written by an Author that just knows how to tell a story, with characters that face realistic situations. The story itself, had a good flow, and it is long, and I'm really happy it is, because, you read about Camryn's and Andrew's journey together, and there was just enough story, enough plot, to make me turn the pages, with anticipation in what's going to happen next.  I really believe the characters were, again, just written to a degree, that I felt they were believable, and this especially goes for Camryn and Andrew. Their feelings, situations, backgrounds, and attraction were just all there. I liked that there were alternate POVs as it did help understand these two better. From the beginning, we see two people, Camryn, with having no sense of direction, just no idea where she wants to go, until she meets Andrew on a bus, and from there, they have this interesting bond, a friendship that creates into something beautiful and along the way, they become so close, emotionally and intimately, that there is no way that they could be a part ever, well except one thing, that Andrew knows about, and well, let me say, without really giving anything big away, because I really think you just have to read on your own, but my initial reaction to the 'thing' was "oh crap" and towards the end, I had no clue what would happen. It could have gone either way, but in the end, there is a stunning ending that...felt good, like there's an assurance that everything is going to be all right, even though there is a horrific situation that occurs. Watch the pages, for that moment, because for me, I really do. not. get. emotional. when reading, but what happens here, just really got to me, and I actually liked that, because that means that this story can be so relatable, and the writer has done a very nice job in transporting me to other people's lives.  I think I've said a lot about the writing, but I'll write it again... this Author writes one incredible story! To me, Camryn, Andrew, Camryn's friend Natalie, and other characters felt realistic and relatable, and I like to find those aspects in stories, I just do, and this one was way good on that. Now, the friendship that leads to one mega relationship between Camryn and Andrew, felt like things did not go too fast, but just right. There are sex scenes here, and as it says in the book description, I also would recommend this novel for readers 17+ because of that and language. Ok, and this might make me blush, ahh ok too late, but even the sex scenes were written, hmm how do I say this...well I think that there was not too much, but there was enough, to give us a sense that these characters have moved onto another level in their relationship, and with those scenes included, it also just felt right and believable. As the story went, I can feel that these two really fall for one another, and there are other good scenes that shows that. I'm really glad I've read this story, as it did leave me wanting a bit more, but like I wrote, there was an assurance that things are going to be good, and so I left the story, the last page, with a good feeling, and I recommend this story to those that love Romance, Realistic Situations, Road Trips, and just a novel that has pretty good originality :) My Rating: 4.5/5I say a Mild R Rating (Some Language & Sexual Content) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not sure how to review this book. I had mixed feelings. I thought it was interesting yet boring at the same time if that makes sense. I wish there was more to the love story. I was relieved when I finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago