Beyond the Storm

Beyond the Storm

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by Joseph Pittman
     
 

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They chose their own roads, but they couldn't change their destination. . .

Twenty years ago, Vanessa Massey couldn't wait to graduate from high school and make her small hometown of Danton Hill a distant memory—despite an indelible friendship she'd recently forged. But life has largely ignored her plans, and time has summoned her back to the shores

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They chose their own roads, but they couldn't change their destination. . .

Twenty years ago, Vanessa Massey couldn't wait to graduate from high school and make her small hometown of Danton Hill a distant memory—despite an indelible friendship she'd recently forged. But life has largely ignored her plans, and time has summoned her back to the shores of Lake Ontario for a school reunion that could change everything.

After four years as Danton Hill High's resident outcast, Adam Blackburn went on to a successful career in New York City. Yet now he's drawn homeward for a reunion he's surprisingly curious to attend—if he and his car survive the fierce summer storm that's hit. Adam always hated storms and their destruction. And sure enough, he soon collides with another vehicle in the blinding rain. But it turns out the driver is the one person he'd hoped to see: Vanessa.

Reunited by Mother Nature, the two take shelter in an abandoned farmhouse where they are forced to decipher their unresolved history. Together, they'll unravel the twists of fate that have brought them to the present—and discover the remarkable truth that may carry them through the future. . .

Praise for Joseph Pittman's A Christmas Wish

"A wonderful Christmas story of moving on beyond grief and loss." —RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars

"This gentle read is big on heart." —Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Geeky Adam Blackburn took high school princess Vanessa Massey to the Danton Hill senior prom, where romance bloomed. But after graduation, Vanessa took off for Europe and Adam headed to New York City to make his fortune. Driving separately to their high school reunion during a rainstorm, Adam and Vanessa are involved in a car crash and seek shelter in a deserted house, where they spend the night taking turns monologuing about their past and their secrets. This disappointingly fails to produce any romantic tension. Vanessa and Adam come across as clichéd and unpleasant as they rediscover their passion for each other. A secondary plot revealed through letters they discover in the house makes a weak attempt to bolster their romance with reincarnation. Fans of Pittman’s sentimental Linden Corners series may find that this surprisingly dark love story goes too far afield. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758276988
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,263,013
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Beyond the Storm 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
This was my first read by Joseph Pittman and loved it! I am looking forward to reading more of his work! This was a poignant love story which was fascinating and keeps you hanging on (a page turner) with a couple who had known each other since childhood and drifted apart from after high school and found their way back to each other. Two lost souls – with some paranormal, mystery of another couple and their great love, a log cabin, mystery and a good ending!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Beyond the Storm by Joseph Pittman is a story that begins in the present and also takes the reader back in time. A woman waits for her lover to return on a ship when she is swept away to the sea. We are then taken to the current day when Vanessa Massey and Adam Blackburn are destined to meet at a twentieth class reunion. They both have vivid memories of an encounter long ago and their current journey brings feelings about past experiences with one another, perhaps in another lifetime. When the two literally crash into one another during a stormy night, they appear fated to deal both with their own past lives as well as the lives of another couple who were so cruelly parted long ago. The theme of people fated to meet because of past lives is both intriguing and a difficult idea to pull off in a novel. I didn't always feel it was done to perfection in this book and yet it was intriguing and it held my attention throughout. Pittman cleverly develops his characters via their thoughts and deeds and the personalities tend to sneak up on the reader through their behaviors. In many ways, the book is sophisticated because of all the subtle markers which denote the distinction between the past and the present. For all of you who love the theme of past lives, you'll be spellbound by this book.
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