As You Turn Away

As You Turn Away

by Molli Moran




Two hearts, one life-changing summer, and a long-awaited second chance...

When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life.

Quinn shattered Jonah's heart once, so getting involved with her isn't something he's sure he's ready to do again. He became someone he didn't recognize when he left home. He's spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm's length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.

But neither Quinn or Jonah can stay away from each other, especially when old feelings resurface. Something is pulling them back together, and they can't deny their chemistry for long. One Georgia summer could change both their lives forever, if they can work through their past to have a future together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495919503
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/26/2014
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Molli is a Southern writer who doesn't consider her day complete if she hasn't written. She loves coffee and talking fast, things she attributes to being raised by Gilmore Girls. She's a romantic at heart, and brings that to her books. When not reading or blogging, she can be found obsessing over Doctor Who, cuddling her various pets, or spending time with friends, family, or her girlfriend.

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As You Turn Away 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
amartinez87 4 months ago
A sweet second chance romance full of love, forgiveness and courage. I enjoyed the story and the characters as they worked on rebuilding their relationship together.
Pwalley01 More than 1 year ago
The storyline was well written and the characters were so well rounded that as I turned each and every page I felt like Quinn and Jonah jumped from the pages and pulled me right into their story as it unfolded!
DJTP More than 1 year ago
A new to me author Molli Moran. A heart-warming story of second chances, coming back home and life changing issues. I look forward to reading more by author.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
A Love Story of Wrong Timing and Several Chances AS YOU TURN AWAY (The Walker Boys, # 1) by Molli Moran February/March - 2014 Self-Published 258 pages, approximately Romance: Young Adult/College, Contemporary ** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ** -- SYNOPSIS -- Two hearts, one life-changing summer, and a long-awaited second chance...  When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life.  Quinn shattered Jonah’s heart once, so getting involved with her isn’t something he’s sure he’s ready to do again. He became someone he didn’t recognize when he left home. He’s spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm’s length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.  But neither Quinn or Jonah can stay away from each other, especially when old feelings resurface. Something is pulling them back together, and they can’t deny their chemistry for long. One Georgia summer could change both their lives forever, if they can work through their past to have a future together. -- MY THOUGHTS -- Alternating timeline format: changing from present to past. Quinn returns to her childhood town for a weekend to try and visit with her parents for unspecified reasons other than to subject herself to her parents' cold and demeaning personalities. Jonah returns after graduating college, arriving  coincidentally, that same weekend. Tragedy strikes, acting as the catalyst to bring the two star-crossed lovers back to each other. But there are past hurts to resolve and neither are the same youth they were from years ago. Not entirely a unique plot, but it contains some fresher elements that create a new and enjoyable story. I had a difficult time rating the lead characters, in part because they both seem to self-depreciate often over choices they've made in the past.  They each have their reasons for what they've done, one a bit more valid than the other. Overall, however, the characters are well-portrayed as flawed young adults. They make the efforts to right their wrongs, albeit not in the smoothest of manner at times. The secondary characters add a solid depth to the story line without trying to overtake the lead positions. The dialogue and interaction between them added the right amount of realism to breathe life into the story, making it tangible and emotional. With the present and past alternation, the early flow was not as fluid as I'd prefer, but once I was able to differentiate the timelines, it was easier to sink into it.  There are some heavier (darker) topics that are touched on here... abuse (mental, emotional, and finally physical), death, cancer. If you are looking for a light-hearted, fun read, this is not for you. But this is a rather well-written, emotional book that tells the story that it's okay to not have the answers right away, it's okay to be broken so long as you make an effort to heal, it's okay to grieve as long as you remember you need to live. The conflicts, while a work in progress even at the end, showed the promise of resolution. Predictability was low and the conclusion, while not neat and tidy, gave the impression that in the end, there'd be a Happily Ever After.  ------------------------ Heat Level: 3.5 - 4.0 ------------------------ Score: 4.0 Stars: 4 ----------------------- Tina J / Unbound Passion Reviewing for: Tangled Hearts and Boxer Briefs
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars "Happiness isn't in being strong or alone or angry. Happiness isn't in the past. Happiness is found as you turn away from the past and toward the future you make" As You Turn Away was an intense, emotional read for me. This book follows the story of Quinn and Jonah. Quinn left home at the age of 18 after years of trying ,but failing to be the perfection her mother demanded. She was suffocating, lost and couldn't stay home a moment longer. Her decision to leave home was anything but easy. Quinn's now in New York, living her own life and living her dream. Years have passed, and Quinn finally returns home for a visit. She knows that the visit is not going to go well, but had no idea her visit would play out the way that it did. Quinn is left trying to cope with the tragedy that has struck her and to put the pieces of her life back together. The last thing she expected, was for Jonah to suddenly reappear....... When Jonah left home with his heartbroken, he cut ties with everyone. He became someone he didn't even recognize anymore. But, the time has come for him to come home and make things right. It's time to repair the damage with his family and be the man that he knows he can be......Meanwhile, Fate has plans of her own. Try as they might, Quinn and Jonah can't seem to stay away from one another. They still feel that pull, that connection to one another that refuses to be denied. Their lives have been forever changed. But will they be able to put the past behind them? Will Quinn and Jonah finally have a future together?? As You Turn Away took me on one heck of a roller-coaster ride. I felt that it was well written and pulled me in from the very first page. It was a great story of first love, heartbreak and that second chance at love: “What we something most folks wait a lifetime for, and only touch for a heartbeat. They let go too quickly, or they're too scared to hold on, or they never see what's right in front of them. But we're going to hold on as tight as we can." "Quinn, the Walker boys were raised right-to love, serve, and respect women. To treat us as equals. They're a rare breed, and once you've loved one of them, you're ruined for anyone else" This story also handled some tough subject matter with loss and grief. I think the author did an amazing job of dealing with the loss and the struggle to get help. As well as the struggle to admit that things are not okay and the path that you have to take to fix yourself. "This summer had been about finding herself, and learning to accept love in its various forms -- and to give love." I really enjoyed the characters in this story as well. I felt that they were all very easy to connect with and the Walker boys were very entertaining. And I hope that they will get their own stories in the future! Jonah....What can I say about Jonah. I felt so bad for him. Quinn broke his heart. Completely destroyed him. But Quinn wasn't the only one who said or did something hurtful. Jonah played his part and had to live with the regret of his decisions. He tried to deny that he still had feelings for Quinn, but as they saying goes "true love never dies" and once he realizes that his feelings aren't going anywhere, he starts focusing on how to repair what was lost. "He hadn't believed it was possible when his brother's told him the past could be the past, but now the seconds between them stretched full of infinite possibilities. Infinite moments full of laughter and hope and love. Infinite days, strung together into a future that was their own. He had to be the man he'd spent so long waiting to be." And that was one of things that I admired so much about Jonah, was that he never gave up. Even when things looked terrible and all hope was lost, he refused to give up on his love. I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. I was captivated and got lost in Quinn and Jonah's story. As You Turn Away is going to be one those books that stays with me for a long time. It's beautiful, heartbreaking and full of hope all at the same time. I can't wait for the next book and see what happens next!
SarahA1210 More than 1 year ago
WOW! When I first read the description for this book I thought it was going to be like an the other love stories that I have read before, but I was completely wrong.  Noah and Quinn's story is one filled with hope and heartbreak.  Quinn appeared to have the perfect life: she was from a wealthy family, she was beautiful, and she was an amazing dancer, but looks can be deceiving. Noah was the typical bad boy: rode a motorcycle, wore a leather jacket, had tattoos, but like Quinn, looks can be deceiving.  Their love was the type of love that most of us wish we can have and hold onto for years, even when being torn apart from one another for so long.  Everyone should read this book, because you won't be disappointed.  ~I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review~
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful book! My heart ached reading this beautiful story! I loved both these wonderful characters!Quinnlan Reynolds was truly a fantastic heroine. My heart ached for her and I championed her through all her difficulties. Jonah Walker was the perfect male lead. He was full of complexities and at times he was frustrating but I really liked him too. Jonah and Quinn were beautiful together. Their shared past made it seem like they would not have any hope for the future but they were able to get past their past hurts. Really beautiful and well-written. I'm going to keep my eye out for more Milli Moran books! I highly enjoyed and recommend this sweet and touching story.
AmazeballsBookAddicts-2_ More than 1 year ago
As You Turn Away is a crazy emotional roller coaster. It's very well written. I fell in love with the Walker Boys right away. With Quinnlan (Quinn) it took me a little longer to warm up to her. My first impression of Quinn was that she was a little whinny and self centered. But my opinion of Quinn changed pretty quickly. Quinn isn't a spoiled brat, she has had a lot of things to deal with as a child. Then when she returns home to meet with her parents something happens that dramatically changes things for her. While back in town she see Jonah Walker. Jonah is back in town too. He and Quinn had a relationship before which ended with both of them hurt. Their attraction to each other is hard for them to resist but they have a lot of stuff to deal with. There are many ups and downs in the relationship. Jonah's brother, Reece and Ethan, are great characters. Ethan is great, he has a lot of insightful relationship advice for Jonah. Reece's character adds some different life experiences to the story. I hope we get to read more of the Walker brothers. As you Turn Away is a great read. You should definitely one click this one. A copy was given for a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. Overall feeling about this book: Eh? To sum it up, this book was an okay read. It definitely has a good story line and I really wanted to enjoy it more than I did, but sadly, it just didn't cut it for me. I kept reading on and was waiting to see if something could hold my interest, but that moment never came. I couldn't really connect with the main character Quinn, and I think that played a major role in my overall experience. It's odd, because I definitely could relate to her family upbringing and issues and the way she initially felt towards Jonah. I liked that aspect, but I just could not connect personally to Quinn for some reason, which bummed me out. Her and Jonah's love story also seemed very vague to me. I liked the flashbacks to when their relationship first started and how that enter twined with the present, but it was just very bland for me. Their emotions seemed exaggerated at some points, and their story just seemed a little cheesy to me. I loved the Walker family though. I really liked the brothers and how the Walker family acted towards each other. That never came off as in genuine or exaggerated. The story overall just seemed kind of choppy to me. If you're looking for a story about second chance love that's a little too cheesy and heavy on the emotions, I'd say this book is for you.
slsNY More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review Fantastic book! I thought it was mainly a second chance romance, but in actuality touches on so much more. They face tragedy, abuse, family, forgiveness & love. Running away does not solve your problems. Your past does not have to define you. The characters have a great dynamic, love the Walker family! Very impressed by this new author and am looking forward to reading more by her.
KatieA2619 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this one down and whined whenever I HAD to. I fell in love with the story and the characters. I LOVED how family played a role in the story and found myself laughing, crying and falling for Jonah and Quinn. They both are amazing and well written characters - I felt FOR them, I connected with them and I watched them rediscover each other on a level that was completely beautiful. Such a powerful and amazing debut!
SweetMarie-83 More than 1 year ago
As You Turn Away is a story about love in its many forms - love for family, love for friends, love for yourself, and that special love between two people that can change your life. This book had so many great themes and messages: love, healing, hope, the importance of family. One of the things I loved most about this book was that it wasn’t easy. There were realistic obstacles both from the outside world and from within the characters. Jonah and Quinn both grew a lot through the course of the story. They were both broken in their own ways, and while their love story was beautiful, I appreciated that they didn’t ‘save’ each other; they helped each other, taught each other how to heal, and became stronger together and separately. They learned the importance of loving yourself before loving someone else, and that healing is a process. One of my favourite aspects of the book was the relationship Jonah had with his family. I definitely wish I were part of the Walker clan (preferably by marriage, heh heh). There aren’t enough books with an emphasis on family relationships, especially healthy family relationships. The Walkers had their issues - the boys fought and they had problems, but ultimately they loved and respected each other and knew they needed each other. Jamie, Jonah’s nephew was a real scene-stealer, and I wanted to just squeeze the little guy. With a rich southern setting, As You Turn Away is a story filled with hope and love. It made me laugh, cry, and swoon. There need to be more books like this in the New Adult category. Molli Moran is definitely a talent to watch out for.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: There are a lot of books that get published out there. Some are good, some are very good, and some, well, they're amazing. As You Turn Away is amazing. I followed Molli's tweets as she was writing it and from that I knew that this one was going to go deep and it was going to bring the tears. Did it? Oh my goodness, you better believe it did. Quinn and Jonah are both at a critical juncture in their lives. Jonah has come home after being away for years to stay with his family, and Quinn has returned to visit hers. Being home with family opens up a lot of emotions for everyone. The past tries to haunt them, but they push through it and try to rebuild for a better future. The most amazing thing about this story, to me, is that it isn't all romance. It's there (very much so) but it goes beyond that, like the New Adult genre should. A huge part of the story revolves around family and friendships--something that is lacking in society today. Spending time with family is something that should be more common. I'm glad that Molli brought that out and showed the importance of it. Back to the romance though... Quinn and Jonah have a history from years ago and something tore them apart right before they left for college. Now that they're both in the same place again, they're attempting to be friends. Of course, they still have feelings for each other and it starts to get very hard to hold back on them. The two of them together? Trust me, it will make you melt. As You Turn Away is a powerful debut from Molli Moran. It is a bittersweet story, one that will have you equal parts every emotion. Reading it broke me at certain points, and I found myself just crying my eyes out. It's been awhile since a book has done that to me. And the end? Perfect, honest, realistic. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. My Rating: Exceptional
MickeyJayyy More than 1 year ago
Beautifully Written! This book read like art to me in a way. I love the way the author combined the words on the page to create this story. As an editor, certain things about words stick out in my brain while reading, but I didn't find those issues in this book. Her words felt purposefully chosen and artfully so. The story of Quinn and Jonah is not one to be forgotten. Intricate, delicate, tough, emotional, brave--these words can all be used to describe the story and its cast of characters. The ride from beginning to end is told in such a way that mirrors itself, from heartbreak and love to love and heartbreak, and comes full circle. It's a story of family, friendship, trust, trauma, and selflessness. And it's honest and touching. And oh, the ending. Perfection. <3 I read this mostly when I couldn't sleep at night due to a lot of anxiety and stress in my own life. This novel kept me company in the dark hours when things in my own head weren't right, but it also helped me understand some things about myself. I can very much relate to Quinn and her struggles with working through things in the past. She's given me some courage back. Thank you. <3
soulunsung More than 1 year ago
"Beautifully written and full of emotion, As You Turn Away, will leave you breathless. Charmingly sweet and romantic, you'll find yourself getting wrapped up in such a gorgeous love story brimming with self-discovery, courage, and bravery." If you haven't read As You Turn Away yet, then I urge you all to pick a copy of this gorgeous novel. I promise you will not be disappointed by this inspiring and captivating story full of love, hope, and forgiveness. There is so much compassion stitched within these pages, so filled with wonder, amazement, self-discovery, and healing. Author Molli Moran, has truly out done herself, with her debut New Adult novel. This is contemporary romance written in its best form. As You Turn Away, will remind you of a time when you are just starting to come into your own and really begin to learn what it's like to experience life on the cusp of adulthood. It is a time in reader's lives when things are both exhilarating and terrifying, but also full of so many changes and challenges. Emotionally stunning and so full of hope and life, As You Turn Away, will move you in ways unimaginable and shake your soul to the core. Exploring the bond of true friendship, healing precious family bonds, and learning to be a better version of yourself are strong elements that are gorgeously woven into the fabric of this beautiful novel. I believe in hope and faith, putting my heart into a better place, and becoming the best version of myself that I can be just as Quinn and Jonah do so well in this story. I couldn't have done any of these things without the hope and love and encouragement that I have received from some special people in my life. Those special people who come in the form of memorable characters such as Quinn and Jonah. So, if you're looking for a novel that will move you, inspire in amazing ways, tell you it's ok to let go, that it's ok to be different, that you are good enough being who you are, delivers a message of hope and forgiveness, shows heart and compassion, then As You Turn Away by the lovely and brilliantly talented Molli Moran is that book you will want to read time and time again, over and over. Note: I purchased an eCopy of this book from Amazon. This review reflects my own honest views and thoughts on this lovely book.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
As You Turn Away is the first book in The Walker Boys Series by Molli Moran. When I first heard that fellow book blogger and Tennessee gal, Molli Moran, had a book out there, I knew it was one I had to read. Let me first start by saying, I love the Walker Boys! I can already tell this is going to be a fun series because of them! Quinn and Jonah have hurt each other pretty bad. So, when they both find themselves back in town they try to avoid each other. It's a small town, so they can't avoid each other forever. They have some pretty serious chemistry going on so it's pretty hard for them so stay away from each other once they do meet again, but they have a lot to work through. They have not only hurt each other, but those around them too. That's what this story is about though. As You Turn Away is a heartwarming story of new beginnings and forgiveness. I could really feel how much heart the author put into this book, and I'm anxious for more. Bring on those Walker Boys! As You Turn Away by Molli Moran was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.