Somewhere to Begin

Somewhere to Begin

by Mika Jolie


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537496528
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/16/2016
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Mika Jolie is the bestselling author of the Martha's Way series. She lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos-her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she's determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let's face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she's not weaving life and romance into evocative tales, you can find her on a hiking adventure, apple picking, or whatever her three men can conjure up.
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Somewhere to Begin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written! One of the best books I've read this year. Buckle up and brace yourselves because this amazing story will tug at your heartstrings. It was gritty,heavy, heartwarming and humbling. Zander the war vet returning home from Afghanistan battered and broken; scared physically and mentally, suffering from PTSD. He is no longer the vibrant fun loving Zander that we had met in Need You Now. Colbie was nice, too nice but just as damaged. She had endured physical abuse at the hand of her fiance that took a toll on her mentally and it took a lot of guts when she decided to leave him standing at the altar on the day of their wedding. These were two people so badly scared by misfortunes, trying to adjust to the changes in their lives. Mika Jolie with awesome writing style did a great job creating these lovable characters and telling a story about two tough topics such as; PTSD and domestic violence. It was down-to-earth and very believable. It had enough details and moved at the right pace which allowed the story to flow freely. I was spellbound. This was an amazing read. It's just what I have come to expect from this author. This is a book I won't easily forget and that is one of the many reasons why I will recommend it because I think it's a MUSTHAVE! That being said, I think I need may need therapy now ;-)
carvanz More than 1 year ago
If ever two characters were wounded and in need of healing it was Colbie and Zander. Each with scars on the outside, each with even deeper wounds on the inside. Neither capable of healing themselves but as they open their hearts to one another they find a different healing. I loved this couple so much. They are probably my favorite of all the characters I’ve read by this author. The fact that they were each broken and resistant to allow anyone inside their hearts was tragic. The transition from isolation to togetherness didn’t happen overnight and I appreciated the gradual change not only in Colbie and Zander individually but in their growing relationship. Zander, even while suffering from his issues, was still very much a strong hero. Watching him struggle against his past experiences was painful and heartbreaking. But when he finally allowed himself to open up to Colbie my heart overflowed. Colbie did not have a family history of love and support and I was flabbergasted at the direction her family took with her. She also has lived years in fear, pain and torment. That she never saw herself as strong bothered me. But in the end, she knew what she had to do and despite my heart feeling sick for her, I cheered her at the conclusion. Overall, this is an amazing read of damage, pain, healing and the scars that are left behind. While all of that seems like this would be a high level angst read, I would actually consider it mild. However, the steam level is definitely high and the romance was natural and beautiful and perfect for these two characters. I’m very curious to see if or how the rest of these characters will get their stories. For someone who does not like to commit myself to a series, I’ve loved every one of these books. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
kckat96 More than 1 year ago
A great story Somewhere to Begin is a great story dealing with PTSD and Abuse. Colbie and Zander are two souls just trying to get through the day when they find each other by accident. Supporting each other through their day to day struggles they find the love they have always craved but thought never to find. I found this to be a great story that had me feeling happy for them and the love they have for each other.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Somewhere to Begin is an AMAZING read. I loved how the author wrote a book with both humor & heartache- she kept such a great balance between the two. I look forward to reading more by Mika Jolie. And I can't wait to read the next book in the Poison & Wine series I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Superb story from the first to the last page! It started with a runaway bride and continued to get better from there. This is book one in the Poison & Wine series and it features Colbie Bennington and Zander Serrano. Colbie and Zander had a quiet, wary attraction going on. I definitely shed a tear for both of them. There was one line that comes to mind when I think about this book. "Call the police and tell them you need an ambulance ASAP." What happens after that is something I would NEVER have expected but that's what happens when you read a book from an author that knows what she's doing. Bravo Mika Jolie! It's such a great story, it's worth a reread. I can't wait for the next one!
CousinMaura More than 1 year ago
Somewhere to Begin by Mika Jolie is the first book in the Poison & Wine Series. Before I start my review, I have to tell you that I just loved the chapter headings. The book opens with; “Every scar earned should serve as a reminder of who you are, who you could become and who you’ll never be again” MIKA JOLIE and that’s BEFORE the table of contents. This story reminded me of a Jill Shalvis novel (and I love Jill Shalvis novels) Zander and Colbie are both coming from different places in life – he a Retired Navy Vet and she’s a “poor little rich girl”. This is story of scars both seen and unseen and how they both deal with them - The hardest part is admitting to the inside scars and allowing each to support the other. “To unravel a torment you must begin somewhere” Anonymous. Somewhere To Begin is told in dual POV and you can see the grief, pain, lust, desire, fear and joy first hand. It was a pleasure to watch Zander and Colbie heal, gain strength and move past their nightmares to begin a new life.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story this is, the book opens with Zander overseas and with his SEAL group who have been ambushed. We get the first person perspective from Zander on what happens during this attack until he blacks out. Move forward. We meet Colbie on her wedding day pacing in the bride's room of the church in heavy debate with her selves (yes plural) she doesn't want to marry this abusive man, as she applies another coat of cover up on her bruises, knowing she'll be trapped in a loveless abusive looks good on paper and for her family marriage, aka business merger marriage. Then there is a louder voice telling her to run. To go now. She does make it down the aisle, that she does. However she cannot say I do. She walks out of the church, leaving her angry, upset snobby parents, a very ticked off almost husband and gets in her car and heads out of town. She points to car to a place she knows from her past. Her college town, Princeton. Almost at her destination she has a car accident. Waking up in the hospital sits the man (Zander) who pulled her from the car. Who hasn't left her bedside. He stays with her, yet keeps his distance. He knows something is wrong, so do the Dr's, her old bruises showing up, she's asked if she wants the police called and she gives a firm no. She won't discuss the topic with Zander. Zander assumes it's her fiancé' that has done this, making him angry and protective. Since she has no place to go, he brings her home. He has a two family house and he moves her in the other half of the house. Meanwhile all Colbie wants is to live her own life, not her parents, not her husband, what she wants. Zander is still going through PT from his injuries, he is dealing with PTSD and blackouts which are common in moral injury and his brothers Max, in particular who is a pain in the backside but only has Zander's best interest at heart. The 3 Serrano brothers have an excellent rep around Princeton as the fix up, can do, and the job is done right. Rafa, the oldest is an engineer and currently in Haiti working off his grief from losing his wife two years ago. Zander the middle son and Max the youngest is the photographer/artist, pulls it all together guy. He's kind of a loose cannon, but it works for him. Zander is falling for Colbie yet decided to stay away from her. Yet they cross paths, outside the house. Hard to stay off someones radar when your front doors are across the hall, but he does it. Zander and Colbie are both two people in transition. In different ways, yet much the same. Zander comes from a warm, loving family, something Colbie never had, her parents are polar ice cap cold and they turned my stomach. Her mother was a cold bi***. Flat out. Her response to Colbie's admission that the ex was abusing her was appalling to me, yet not so far off point, because women so very often get the blame. Her mother disgusted me. We do see the slow opening of a relationship between Colbie and Zander. Zander has fallen and so has Colbie, we just watch a little dance they do for a while. Meanwhile Colbie has pursued her dream of opening a bookstore and that is a work in steady progress... She's found a home there in Princeton. This was an exceptional book by Mika Jolie tackling two tough topics in one story line, domestic abuse, and the physical and psychological damage of war. I loved both Colbie and Zander as much as the rest of the gang of siblings and friends. The backstory was just enough,Mika kept the story in the here. In some w