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Where We Belongby Eve Connell
One man diving into the past.
One woman emerging from the depths.
At the age of seventeen, Amelia Baide won silver at the Olympic Games and was the second-fastest woman in the pool. Then one tragic night she crashed into a lake and was dragged out without a pulse. Now twenty-four, she is still haunted by it and/em>
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One man diving into the past.
One woman emerging from the depths.
At the age of seventeen, Amelia Baide won silver at the Olympic Games and was the second-fastest woman in the pool. Then one tragic night she crashed into a lake and was dragged out without a pulse. Now twenty-four, she is still haunted by it and hasn't swum again. Until this year's anniversary of the accident. It is a day unlike any other and a strange turn of events finds Amelia back at a swimming pool.
Harry Jamieson had eyes for one girl while women and the media had eyes for him. As a trainer of Olympic athletes, he was an in-demand man. Until one boozy morning after ... But from bad luck to pure chance he runs into his old flame, Amelia, at a swimming pool no less. She doesn't remember a thing from the night of the crash.
And Harry knows every single secret.
They join forces -- a comeback for Amelia and Harry's ultimate coaching opportunity. But dodging waves is hard to do, and even the strongest swimmer may sink.
Where We Belong is a second-chance love story for swimming enthusiasts and romantics at heart.
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Amelia was on her way to the Olympics when everything changed one horrible night. Now six years later her life is about to change again. She is engaged to Kristopher but they are not happy like they should be. They are comfortable but that’s about it. On the anniversary of the day Amelia died she has a fight with Kristopher, leaves the house without much of a plan. She runs out of gas and the only choice is to walk. When she gets to civilization there is an aquatic center. Amelia hasn’t been swimming since her accident. An old friend from her swimming days works at the aquatic center and shoves gear at her. She changes and comes face to face with the pool. What is one more swim? One more swim to bring a close to that part of her life. Once she hits the water she realizes how much she misses it, how it makes her feel alive and whole. Then after changing back into her regular clothing she runs into another old friend Harry. He brings a set of totally different feelings for her. Harry can hardly believe his eye when he spots Mia. They are invited to a party at their old coaches house this coming weekend, both say they will try to attend. Harry goes to the party the whole time looking for Mia. He finally texts her and goes to get her. He won’t pass up this chance to reconnect with her. Back at the party a video is shown of all the kids the coach has coached. Mia runs out after seeing herself in the video. Harry follows her and then makes her an offer. He wants to train her. She isn’t sure at first, but he says they will take it slow. She was made to swim. So she agrees. Who know that this one choice would change her whole life again? Is Amelia ready for the things she will learn? Will her old feelings for Harry return? Does he feel the same about her? I really liked this book a lot. Amelia is so strong but doesn’t even realize it at first. She has fallen into this boring complacent life. After her accident she didn’t remember hardly anything that happened and Kristopher was more than happy for that fact and that she didn’t want to swim anymore. Harry’s life changed that night also. He still blames himself for everything that happened. I personally think Kristopher is a douchcanoe, but you can make up your own mind;) This story was inspirational. The way Amelia comes back to life when she starts swimming again. I felt really sad for her as things came to light during the book. She has basically lived the last six years not knowing what truly happened or what lead up to the accident. The characters were wonderfully written and engaging. I was sucked into the story. I will be looking for other books by this author. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
Where We Belong, Eve Connell Genre: Contemporary romance. Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews First thing to say is..I’m not a swimmer, and yet I really enjoyed the swimming parts of this read, from the training where Amelia struggled in the beginning, to the timed trials and competitions. Of course the actual times meant little to me except to show how quickly she was improving, and when she was second – or got that magic first by a fraction of a second. Its a really fun and at times exciting read for those who know nothing about swimming, so don’t be put off if like me you don’t swim. Amelia had worked so hard from such a young age to get so far ahead in the swimming world, and then it all crashed down when she had a horrific car accident, and was underwater for several minutes, actually clinically dead for a while...so she hasn’t swum since or had contact with anyone from that time, except her fiancé Kristopher. It’s now six years later and they’ve been having problems for months though, and she’s struggling. He was such a jerk I just wondered what she ever saw in him but maybe, just maybe he was different before? Well, to her anyway, because he seems just the same to me... Then by a coincidence she happens to go into a gym to get a cool drink, they recognise her and offer her a swim and all the clothes she needs for it. She doesn’t want to but still respects the fans who were so positive for her, feels she can’t let the gym down when they’re being so kind, so she actually does it and of course on the way out she bumps into Harry.... Harry: when they were training she idolised him, had done since they were young, and then after the accident where he was involved they’d never seen each other again. He spent some time in prison over the accident and somehow both have shied away from reconnecting even though they were really close. Meeting like this is a shock to them both, and they briefly chat. The guy who first recognised her tells her he’s arranging a party for his father, someone both she and Harry respect from the swimming scene, and they say they’ll attend. That starts an avalanche of events that culminate in them getting back together as trainer and coach, and stepping cautiously around their attraction. Of course there’s secrets to come out – huge ones, her relationship with Kristopher who was involved in the crash too, and events surrounding just prior to that. The big question is – this time can Amelia and Harry make things work between them. As a reader I was so rooting for them, it was clear they both had a deep seated respect for each other, as well as a sensual, tangible attraction but the secrets...could they get past them and would the past stay there or reveal the ugly side of what happened? There’s some shocking revelations, casting everyone she knows in a different light and Kristopher, angry at their breakup, does his best to stir up trouble leading to some real danger for Amelia. Its a great read, I felt her body aching when training started, her elation when swimming went well, and her despair when everything toppled down. Its a fun, easy read, and has some sensual moments and plenty of excitement. I didn’t guess exactly what had happened and parts came as a real shock. Stars: Five, a great read which I greatly enjoyed but probably a one off for me. ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
Who doesn’t want to believe in second chances at life and love? Author Eve Connell has created a tale of two people struggling to overcome past nightmares, while learning to trust in one another in the present enough to hope for a brighter future. First, they must deal with their inner demons. Where We Belong will slowly reel you in until there is nothing but you, the words of Eve Connell and a story of lost love, lost hopes and the renewed strength to push beyond all limits to re-kindle the smoldering embers of life and love. Amelia and Harry have a shared past, but one night destroyed everything, including Amelia’s hopes as an Olympic swimmer. Fast forward and Harry comes back into her life, helping her to pick up the pieces of her shattered dreams and pushing her to her limits in the pool. Disheartened that her best now is so far off the mark of her past ability, only Harry seems to be able to push her harder and give her the incentive to dare to hope for another chance at her dreams. Will the newly formed bond they have be what Amelia needs or must they re-open the wounds of the past to fully heal and grow? With their hot and cold relationship, Amelia’s fear of “flying” and the secrets Harry holds within, they have an uphill battle for a relationship they both want. Who will be brave enough to make that final leap? Will they find open arms or a brick wall when they land? In life and swimming, the emotional tidal wave will rock their world to its core. Eve Connell is simply brilliant in her creation of the world Amelia and Harry live in, while allowing them both to speak from their hearts, minds and souls. Each POV uncovers another layer of discovery, pain and emotion. Is either of these characters perfect? Nope, they are REAL, dimensional and act as any flawed human would. Bad decisions are made that cause more pain, but they are made with the right, if misguided intentions. The strength of Ms. Connell’s tale is in the efforts of her characters to learn to be there for each other and to allow their own weaknesses to show. The swimming venue gives a fresh slant to romantic trauma as we are shown it is okay to reach for the top, to follow a dream and to earn the rewards. Ms. Connell has done more than written a soulful contemporary romance, she has written a tale of striving to achieve one’s dreams and to accepting the joy of a second chance where the effort is the reward.