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Breathe by Donna Alward

The first time they broke each others' hearts. Now they have a second chance...

Doing what was expected didn't get Anna Morelli anything but a bad marriage. Now that her life has fallen apart there's only one place she can think of to regroup and figure out what comes next. Two Willows, the winery owned by the only man she could ever rely on. Her oldest friend. And her worst mistake.

Growing up as the poor boy didn't stop Jace Willow from falling for Anna one hot, sultry summer. Back then, his best efforts to prove himself worthy of the Morelli standard fell just short. While it killed him to see her marry someone else, he made beating the Morellis at their own game his life's work. And he's excelled at it.

When Anna shows up on his doorstep, their painful history pales in the face of her need for a roof over her children's heads-and some peace. The heat of their renewed passion is healing, but it burns away layers of hard-won emotional distance, reopening old wounds. Threatening their one last chance to rebuild their love on the shattered pieces of their broken hearts...

Warning: Full-bodied, rich bouquet with sexy overtones. Decant, breathe, and enjoy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609282899
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Award-winning romance author Donna Alward has the best job in the world—a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist. She can work in her pyjamas, has no commute, and can weather school cancellations with a good supply of fine wine, dark chocolate, and DVDs.
You can catch up with Donna through her website at . BREATHE is Donna’s fourteenth published novel.

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Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful second chance story. Very well written with great characters. The beautiful setting of Montreal right off the coast of Vancouver Island is beautifully described. Jace Willow has lived in the shadow of the powerful Morelli's his whole life. That didn't keep him from falling head over heels for the beautiful Anna Morelli. He vowed to prove himself worthy when a misunderstanding drove her into the arms of another man. Now, five years later Jace has done just that and Anna is back in his life. Can these two find a way to trust and love again when the truth of what happened all those years ago comes out? I definitely recommend this one.
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mavandcody More than 1 year ago
Makes you believe in second chances.
Lisafaces More than 1 year ago
I had the honor of winning an Advanced Readers Copy of Breathe by Donna Alward. I have to say, I am a HUGE fan of Reunion/Lost Love Romances. The author can normally have me bawling my eyes out half way through the book with the Heart wrenching stories of why things didn't work out for these Two People. And Breathe by Donna Alward was no different. Our heroine Anna Morelli has lost her husband and cant stand the looks of pity she faces everyday. So she escapes to the one place that she believes can make it all better, Two Willows Winery, which is owned by her oldest friend and lost lover, Jace Willow. Jace is not expecting Anna and her two children, but he can't turn away the one woman that she has never stopped loving. He lost her years ago because he was young and stubborn, and didn't believe he was good enough for her. They were ripped apart over a misunderstanding and she went on to marry someone else. All the old wounds are reopened when they are brought together again. Can these two hurt souls come together again, and this time, make it forever? I really enjoyed the story of Anna and Jace. The old hurts, the mistrust, the pain...I know it is a good read when my chest get tight and I can feel the pain they are feeling in my chest!! And the descriptions of the Wine Country are so vivid, you feel as though you have been transplanted there. If you are like me and love a romance with a beautiful Reuion story, Breathe by Donna Alward is a winner!!
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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Anna Morelli has learned many things in the years since she married Stefano and not all of them easy or fun. Her self-esteem has taken a beating, but instead of retreating from the pain she rushes into more. Newly widowed with two young children to care for, Anna tells herself that bringing her children to Jace Willow's vineyard will give her the chance to rest and regroup before moving forward. But it's a lie. Jace was her biggest mistake and her largest regret. Their relationship isn't one that will give comfort, it's wrought with issues that, if she stays with him, must be faced. Because of their past, Jace is friend, savior and fellow combatant. He knows her well enough to make each verbal cut bleed. And sometime wounds must be lanced in order to heal. Anna needs to learn how to forgive herself for past mistakes and move forward. She needs to face the past and get Jace to face it as well if she wants a future with him. And she does. This, whether she admits it to herself or not, is why she takes her children to Jace's. Everything else she tells herself is a sad attempt to avoid facing the truth. Donna Alward does a great job showing how people lie to themselves to save their feelings and soothe their egos. Both Jace and Anna have plenty of baggage with their names on it. It is only in opening those suitcases and examining each item inside can these two people find their happily ever after. While the format is standard romantic fare and the ending a foregone conclusion, what these two are hiding and how they work through their problems make Breathe different and well worth reading. Alward packs this short book with great emotional depth. I recommend it. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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