“You can’t sort of do this, Fish. Draw a line and get on one side or the other...”
Love is never so sweet as when it receives a second chance. In the sequel to her award-winning novel The Man I Love, Suanne Laqueur continues the story of Erik Fiskare’s romance with Daisy Bianco. Though separated for twelve years, the extraordinary bond forged in their youth has endured. But when your soulmate has caused you indescribable pain, how easy is it to forgive? How much trust is needed to place your heart back into the hands that once broke it? How much faith does it take to ask the question, "Do you still want me?" and believe in the reply: “I still want us.”
Erik and Daisy commit to creating a new life together. They are separated by geography, loyal to career commitments and burdened with lingering pain from a decade spent apart. Yet despite the challenges, Erik knows Daisy is the best thing to happen to him twice.
Slowly Erik earns back Daisy’s love as well as the trust of his incomparable friend, Will Kaeger. Both relationships grow deeper and more complex, as do Erik’s ties to the past. Unexpected contact with distant cousins offers new insight to the cruel childhood desertion that shaped so much of Erik’s adult life. With Daisy at his side, he travels back to his hometown to meet his people, explore his family’s history and learn about the men who wore his heirloom necklace before him.
The cathedral once burned down is rebuilt. But a love affair is never a finished thing. Life is never without its tragedies. Daisy and Erik soon face a threat more harrowing than gunfire, more sorrowful than the lost years. With Will at his back and family close by, Erik must fight for the things he once walked away from and prove his love is here to stay.
“Because of Laqueur's ability to smash you inside the heads of her characters, you feel and experience everything right along with Erik and Daisy. Here to Stay is honest and authentic. Never fake, forced, contrived, or overwrought. It’s a perfect conclusion: a love story fully told, nothing left unsaid or undone.”
—Emma Scott, author of RUSH
“Suanne Laqueur's writing is deeper than real, more than just truth. Her words are a ribbon winding themselves around you, over and under until you're tied up tight in the story. Not sure where it leaves off and you begin. Words in the hands of such a skilled writer are a powerful thing, and Laqueur proves time and time again she's worthy of our trust.”
—Terri Lee, author of The Bootlegger’s Wife
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About the Author
A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre. Laqueur's debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA. Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children. Visit her at suannelaqueurwrites.com Her Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1TVNBrp Follow her on Twitter @suannelqr All feels welcome. And she always has coffee
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.* Whew! Another strong, emotional book by Suanne Laqueur! Luckily, this book isn't as emotionally heavy as the first two, but definitely has its own emotions flowing from page one to the last page. I would say that the emotions you feel in this book are different than the first two. They are still just as strong and still just as heart breaking at times, but they felt different. This book has a much happier tone and is a little gentler. Don't fret - the author still throws in an absolute heart and gut wrenching section. You'll find yourself relaxing a bit more as you read this book and maybe reading it a bit slower rather than grasping as the pages to know what the next page says because there is so much anticipation. Don't expect any less detail or any less descriptions than you've expected after books 1 and 2. They are definitely there. You'll learn more about Erik and his family in this book and it's such a lovely story. If you hold some hatred towards Erik's Dad like I did, you'll let that go and you'll gain some understanding and maybe acceptance. I appreciated that time that the author took to really explain and detail out the history of Erik's family that you get in this story. I urge you to read this story. It will give you a break of sorts reading this and you'll enjoy every bit of it. Go one click your copy now!
Not being a huge romance reader, I was a bit skeptical when I picked up the first book in this series, but the story line did sound interesting and I gave it a shot. I fell in love with the characters in that first book. By the end, I felt bad for Eric and almost hated Daisy. This is more than a romance novel. This is a well written and realistic love story. When the second book came out, I was eager to see where Laqueur would take us. I was able to see a whole new side to Daisy and I then felt bad for her and became mad at Eric for not talking to her and ignoring her all those years. He could've at least given her 5 minutes to say she was sorry. So now, after two books, each one inspiring different feelings towards Eric and Daisy. I dove right into the third book. I was so excited that Daisy and Eric finally found each other again. I was hopeful that they would be able to work through their residual issues and start over. One thing I love the most about this romance series is that it is realistic. It's not filled with characters that could be you or your neighbors. The characters are normal people, living their lives and they make mistakes. This is not a love story where you meet your prince and live happily ever after. This could be a real life and I like that. I feel it made me connect more with the characters and that I could relate with their flaws and their sorrows. Laqueur does an amazing job with character development and interaction. Her realistic approach to this novel is refreshing while including just enough romance and fireworks to feel the love between Eric and Daisy. I would definitely read more from this author.
There are times when a series grabs your heart and won't let go. The Fish Tales series is epic, tragic, romantic, full of life and relationships! I loved the first two books. The writing and character development was superb. This final book was not your typical HEA conclusion. There are so many twists and turns in the lives of these characters that you are not sure where it will end. I was glued to the pages awaiting the HEA. I especially loved the inter-relationships between the characters. Will and Erik especially dear to my heart. If you want to read a book that will move your soul, make your heart hurt and then put it back together again. THIS IS THAT BOOK! The author is amazing and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. A top favorite of 2016!
A great conclusion to the Fish Tales... Suanne Laqueur did it again. I don’t really know what to expect when I first heard about book 3. Basically, book 1 and 2 are the same story under different point of views. Book 3 is what came after that. One of my favorite authors said, “The story does not end when the book does.” and book 3is that story after the book ended. In my writing workshop several years ago, we where thought the difference between a love story and a romance story. As I was reading Here to Stay, I realized it was no romance story. Rather, The Fish tales is a love story in it’s finest. It’s not about a hero and heroine going through a life in a bed of roses with a few throns. For me it was like the characters where the roses going through life in a bed of torns. And it’s because of these torns that you can appreciate the beauty of the roses that Suanne has brought to life. What I love about this third installment is that it gave answers to the questions I didn’t even realized I wanted to ask. And I have always been fascinated of great stories of family and friendship. More than the love and the romance friendship and family intricately woven in a good story makes me hooked on them more. And with here to stay, we can that happening. And it’s even more beautiful because you know where they were coming from and you appreciate how what happened to them made these bonds of friendship and family even more stronger. Will and Lucky are the spice that made Erik and Daisy’s life more colorful and meaningful. I truly feel it would not be as great a story as it was if you take out one single character that was there. All of them played a part not just a filler to meet word counts. Every scene matter and every one of them will get you to feel. I think I said in the man I love that going through Daisy and Erik’s story is not like reading a story but rather it feels like going through the journey with them. That still remains true in Here to Stay. There are good and bad stuff that happened after the book end and you will find yourself feeling happy and devastated along with the characters. It feels so real. Like it did happened. Not just another story from the book. And you know it because you where there too. I don’t know if you get what I mean. But if you read this book, I know you will. It’s so real it make sense. It feels so real because it make sense. Once again, Suanne Laqueur put me in a roller coaster of emotion and it’s because of this that I love her and her writing more. Favorite quotes: “I never fell out of love, Dais. I just fell out of touch. I’m here now. I’m back and I’m here to stay.” “Let it go. You’re here now. The past will just give you cancer.” “Love makes us do amazing things. And if love drives us away, love is what brings us back.”