Into The Storm

Into The Storm

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by Melanie Moreland
     
 

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She is a woman on the run. Pain, loneliness and terror are what she is leaving. Where she is headed doesn't matter as long as it's away from the hell her life has become.

Joshua Bennett is trapped in a prison of his own making by the memories of his past. Traumatized and isolated, he is a reclusive writer, living a quiet, lonely life, his only companion his dog,

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She is a woman on the run. Pain, loneliness and terror are what she is leaving. Where she is headed doesn't matter as long as it's away from the hell her life has become.

Joshua Bennett is trapped in a prison of his own making by the memories of his past. Traumatized and isolated, he is a reclusive writer, living a quiet, lonely life, his only companion his dog, Bear. It is what he knows, what he has accepted to be his life.

One dark night, one huge storm, and one ice patch brings them together. He finds himself with an unexpected houseguest with no memory. She wakes up a stranger to herself and the man watching her. Even more mysterious is the lack of any sort of identification with her or in her car. She is an enigma to both of them.

Trapped by the storm and isolated from the outside world, they slowly open up, learning to trust and love, until the world once again shows up, threatening the fragile peace of their newly discovered world, and tearing them apart.

There are many twists and turns as they struggle to find each other, overcoming both the mental and physical elements that keep them apart.

A story about overcoming our fears, finding love and learning to live again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780993619809
Publisher:
Melanie Moreland
Publication date:
11/20/2013
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her husband and fur children. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
Known as the quiet one with the big laugh, Melanie works at a local university and for its football team. Her (box) office job, while demanding, is rewarding as she cheers on her team to victory.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and somewhat challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties and socialize, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn't buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines, to let her share them with her readers.

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Into The Storm 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Warm,funny,tender.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Couldn't put it down
khulseman 9 months ago
"And I couldn't leave to get help." A young woman finds herself injured in a car accident due to a terrible snowstorm. Her car crashes on an unsuspecting owner who now must tend to her many injuries. However the man who tends to her has troubles of his own to tend to. As they are trapped together, they just might find a way to weather the storm. This is not my first book from this author. I have an odd habit of finding an author who stories I adore - Over the Fence- and go through their book listing starting with book one. For some, it would set unrealistic expectations. As authors produce more and more offerings, I find they become more fine tuned, better paced, etc. So to review a debut book after reading a later book maybe both daunting for me to review as I have to remind myself 'first book'. However, I was pleasantly surprised by picking up Ms Moreland's debut novel. My surprise: I got a complete story. Joshua and Lizzy's story is starts with the accident but as the reader you journey through the ups and downs of their relationship to their HEA. Why the surprise? At 1/3 of the way, you get the turning point of the antagonist creating issues. Normally at 80%. But no. Melanie Moreland gives this and so much more of their story. What is nice about the read is I don't have to read through two more books to get to how their HEA plays out. The story is told primarily from Joshua's point of view. Based on the prologue, it would seem that Lizzy has the most issues to work through. She is the quiet pillar of strength to help our Hero heal too. The storyline does lag at times as the author delves deeply into their problems. If this was a first time for this author, I would definitely be intrigued and anxious to get to the next book published. And I still am. I know what to expect and love her ability to deliver flawed characters you attach to and want to get their HEA. Will I re-read this book? Maybe not. However, if you love to read stories of Heroes overcoming problems with the help of a strong woman, this story is for you. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Moreland writes wonderfully written characters and her stories are widely emotional. If you enjoy these types of stories or are a fan of her fanfiction like I am then read this book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best stories I have read in a long time. It was a great from beginning to end.
ysar More than 1 year ago
A few pages into the first chapter, I started to recognize the story. More importantly, though, I was sucked in by it, more than I remember being back when it was fanfiction. Granted, I read it a long time ago, so I don’t remember a whole lot, but I know I wasn’t nearly as interested in the story back then as I was this time around. Joshua Bennett is proof that it takes more than time to heal wounds. Following a traumatic event, he abandoned life in the city and closed himself off from the world. His days are spent at home, only his dog Bear for company. When a severe winter storm delivers a scared and injured young woman to his door, everything is turned upside down. She doesn’t remember her name or how she got there. She doesn’t remember how her body came to be covered in bruises or what led her to crash her car into a tree along Joshua’s private property. The only thing she seems sure of is that she feels safe with him…safe from what, she doesn’t know. And if Joshua is certain of nothing else, he’s certain he won’t let anyone hurt her again. It’s the perfect dramatic beginning to a mystery-slash-romance where the characters have no choice but to depend upon each other. The romance is a given, though Joshua tries to stave it off, but the mystery remains. Who is she? What happened to her? And what was she running from with only an overnight bag and a wad of cash? I didn’t expect it, but the story had me convinced every step of the way. I was wrapped up in Joshua’s fear of the outside world (and as someone who has similar issues, I can say the author nailed that part), and I was just as lost and confused as Rabbit (yes, that’s the name he gave the girl with no name). Even the dog had me convinced! Aside from the prologue, the story gave nothing away about Rabbit’s past until it slapped them both in the face, and every time I tried to put it down, I picked it right back up to see what would come next. I suppose the helicopter rescue could have been considered a little too much, but once you’re sucked into a story in which one of the main characters has amnesia, you don’t expect things to stay simple. And that whole scene was kind of brilliant anyway. But... Ummmm…this is where I’m supposed to list off everything wrong with the story, the parts that were too far-fetched to fit, the unbelievable number of errors the so-called editor left in, the problems with a rushed relationship, ridiculously overdone sex scenes, or a too-neatly-wrapped ending. I’ve got nothin’. The Verdict... I really didn’t think I’d be giving this one 5 stars. I mean, it was fanfiction, something that always bleeds through when stories are reworked for publication. Obviously, I enjoy fanfiction, but I still expect something more when it comes to “real” books. Not so with this one. I can honestly say this story deserves to stand on its own outside the fanfic world. It’s got drama and romance and suspense and a cute little happily ever after that is absolutely deserving of being called original. There’s no contrived drama, no massive miscommunication to further the plot, and no supermodel lookalike showing up to spark jealously and misunderstanding. There are just two people struggling with their circumstances who find something they need in each other, and I found myself believing and rooting for them every step of the way. If you’re looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, pick this one up. Trust me. It’s pretty damned awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago