Waiting for the Storm

Waiting for the Storm

by Marie Landry

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Overview

After the death of her mother, the last thing seventeen-year-old Charlotte O'Dell wants to do is spend the summer on Angel Island with her family. Her younger sister hates her, and her dad is lost in his own little world. It's a recipe for a disastrous summer on the island...until Ezra Rhodes walks into her life.

The boy next door helps Charlotte forget her almost paralyzing fear of really living her life. After taking care of her mother in her last months, Charlotte is drowning, numb to everything but her own grief and anger. With Ezra, she feels something again, and as he repairs her family's summer home, she dares to think he might actually be fixing her, too. Ezra challenges Charlotte to leave her comfort zone, and as their friendship slowly blossoms into more, Charlotte begins to come alive again.

But Ezra has secrets...secrets he isn't sharing with Charlotte. Between that and the growing tension with her family, Charlotte can't help but feel there's a storm on the horizon. And she isn't sure if they can weather it unscathed.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044422605
Publisher: Marie Landry
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Series: Angel Island , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 324 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Marie has the best job in the world—one where she gets to make stuff up for a living and shamelessly eavesdrop on everyone around her. She writes happily ever afters while dreaming about the day she’ll have her own epic love story to tell. Most days you can find her writing, reading, fantasizing about traveling the world, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. For more on Marie and her books please visit http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca. She also loves to chat with fellow book lovers, so feel free to tweet her @SweetMarie83 any time!

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Waiting for the Storm 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Waiting for the Storm is a beautiful and emotional read. When we first meet up with Charlotte, she has just finished high school. She should be on top of the world, but instead is grieving for the loss of her mother. The last thing Charlotte wants to do is spend her summer on Angel Island. Her family is falling apart and is attempting to fulfill her mother’s last wish all at the same time. One thing she never saw coming was Ezra. Not only is he the boy next door, but he reminds Charlotte of what it is to live. He takes her out of her comfort zone and makes her feel emotions that she’s long forgotten. But, even Ezra has his own secrets and it will only be a matter of time for when the other shoe will drop… Waiting for the Storm is a beautifully written and compelling story. From the moment you meet Charlotte, you can’t help but get caught up in her story. Her emotions are deep and extremely palpable. I thought her character exhibited a lot of strength in a time that most would fail. I found Charlotte extremely easy to relate to and her story definitely tugged at my heart. Before I knew I found myself quickly devouring the pages. I was not at all prepared for the incredible journey this book was going to take my emotions on. Waiting for the Storm is a bit of a different read for me, as it is YA, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a beautiful story. I think this story can be enjoyed by all ages and is a story about love, family, friendship, loss and overcoming that undeniable grief. I finished Waiting for the Storm in just one sitting and am certainly glad I decided to check it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked first 21 pages wish Id gotten whole book
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
A lot of emotion in this book. Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it yesterday. It took less than a day to get through and I wanted to read every free chance I had. I was invested in this story from the very beginning. Charlotte, Ella, and their father suffered a tragic loss and I felt for them. I could only imagine their grief. I wanted them to survive as a family. I wanted them to move on but not forget. I wanted them to stay together as a family. Truly, this is Charlotte’s story. She was the rock of this family. I couldn’t imagine being a senior in high school and giving up everything to stay at home and care for my dying mother. That was admirable, amazing, and awe-inspiring. Did she have a few immature moments? Absolutely. Charlotte is 18 and is allowed a few immature moments and thoughts. Some of those thoughts made me chuckle. Her blog post for the library at the end of the book was fantastic. I loved it, as would any book blogger, I think. I do wish, however, that there was more about her reading and blogging in this story. It played a big-ish role at the end. I would have liked to have seen that throughout the book. But the post was great. Ezra was a wonderful match for Charlotte. You could tell he was hiding something throughout the story. I kind of guessed at what it was but I wasn’t sure. And it wasn’t exactly what I had expected. I was glad he opened up slowly to Charlotte. If it had been instantaneous, it would have felt fake. Ezra was a good kid. I liked his character a lot. He was the real deal. Waiting for the Storm had a lot of emotion in it. A lot more emotion and dealing with grief than most of the YA books that I have read. I felt many things for Charlotte, Ella, and their father. I felt a lot for Ezra as well. I just kept shaking my head thinking “I can’t imagine what they are going through.” And there was no sex. I was happy about that. Not because I’m a prude or anything like that, but because there was no place for it in this book. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was a good YA book without sex but a lot of emotion. Will I read it again: I don’t think I will. But you never know. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
HollyBerry44 More than 1 year ago
*eARC provided for blog tour* When I came across the sign-up for this blog tour, I jumped at the chance and crossed my fingers that I would get selected, and when I perhaps squealed a little bit when I got the email that I was on the tour! I have been following Marie for a while now (though she may not know, and no it is not stalking when they are authors.....I don't think lol), and I have been waiting for this book to come out for various reasons, but a couple of them being that she is so sweet on social media, and she is CANADIAN!!!! A little bit of Canadian pride coming out there, and not only Canadian, but from around my area, extra bonus! Okay, so really enough about this on with the review...... This book was exactly what I needed right now, it is warm and fuzzy with a touch of family drama. I read it in one sitting because I could not get enough, and I needed to know what happened in the end. Marie's writing came off very similar in nature to me as someone like Sarah Dessen, there are major subjects tackled, but in a way that don't leave you heavy feeling or depressed in the end. My favourite character was Ezra by far, he is that person that you always want in your life, he has his own issues and secrets for sure, but he is always there for his friends, and is willing to help with anything they need, even if it is just an ear to listen. And it also doesn't hurt that he is goodlooking of course. When we do learn what his secrets are it made me go "awww", which is what I was hoping for, I guarantee you will too! I also really like Charlotte, she has and is still going through a lot at home, and is very much doing it alone, her Dad has shut off since her Mom got sick, and her sister is nowhere to be found. I very much disliked her sister through most of this novel, and really could not understand how she could possibly be acting the way she is at a time like that, however, when we learn what her reasoning is, I could almost explain away her actions (not all of them). Charlotte is taking care of her Dad when he should be the one taking care of her, and I can see how that could happen in this type of situation, but it really made me sad for her.  The relationship between Charlotte and Ezra is something that starts slow, just chatting, and then they become friends before anything happens, and I liked how it was like this because I think that Charlotte needed a friend more than anything else at that point, and so did Ezra in fact. Nothing in this novel felt rushed to me, the characters and their development were done really well as this story takes place over the span of months. Some may think even months is a little quick, but when they are on an island away from everything and are able to truly take the time to sit and think and start to mourn, I think it is a perfect pace. If you are looking for a great contemporary novel, I highly suggest this one, I would say that it is almost hitting the New Adult genre just because of the age and maturity of the characters, but it doesn't have any of the "sexy times" that a lot of the New Adult has, and I for one appreciate that, sometimes I just want a warm fuzzy read, and I definitely will be coming back to this one time and time again, I give it a 5/5 if you had not guessed yet, I really hope you go out and get a copy soon, you will not be disappointed.
Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
Waiting For The Storm is such an emotional read that I found myself crying and laughing all at once. It is a story about loss and new love and new found happiness. Even in the midst of the storm there is happiness to be found. I have never lost a parent but I thought I did when 9/11 happened. My father worked right down by the twin towers and when I could not reach him for days I panicked. It felt like the walls were closing in on me and when I was finally able to get a hold of my father I was so happy. So I can't imagine at 17 years old watching my mother die for a year but that is what happens to Charlotte.  Charlotte's mother has died and her sister hates her and her father has checked out. Her father and sister are not handling her mother's death well. Charlotte is holding it all in and she has one more thing she has to do because she promised her mother that she would go back to their summer house on Angel Island and spend the summer there healing. But she is not so sure her family can heal after the death of the matriarch but Charlotte is willing to give it a go. Once they get to the island Charlotte meets her new neighbor Ezra. Ezra is a great guy that listens to Charlotte and challenges her to do things she would not normally do. He wants her to think outside the box and do things to make her happy again. As they build a friendship something happens between them and their friendship grows into love. But Charlotte is still worrying about her family. She wants her father back and she wants her sister back but what will happen is anyone's guess. What will Charlotte do? Will her family come back together and will Charlotte get the love she deserves?
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Waiting for the Storm is a beautiful story about a young girl dealing with the loss of her mother, her sister’s hatred, her father’s depression, and her own withdrawal. Charlotte has spent the last year caring for her dying mother, when her mother does pass away she asked that her family fulfill one wish. She wants her family to spend the summer in her childhood beach house on Angel Island. Now that they are there, Charlotte feels so disconnected. Her sister Ella hates her guts and her father is so depressed and withdrawn. Books are Charlotte’s one escape. When she is reading she can be who ever she wants. Nothing else exists while she is deep within the pages. But Charlotte knows that her life is not a book and she has to venture out sometime. That is when she meets Ezra. Ezra lives next door to the beach house and he helps Charlotte cope by giving new tasks to do each day. They form an easy friendship that really helps Charlotte deal with everything that is going on around her and inside of her. Then Charlotte starts to develop feelings for Ezra that are more than friendship. Ezra feels the same way about Charlotte. This story is so touching. Ezra is really there for Charlotte. He really gets what she needs and he does everything in his power to help her get it. From the first time that they meet, you can tell that they are good for one another. They are complete opposites of each other, yin and yang. Opposites truly attract in this story! From the first page of this story you are drawn into Charlotte’s world. I fell in love with Charlotte right from the start. She is such a strong character, independent, compassionate, and as the story progresses I am so proud of how she has grown. One thing that really sets this story apart from a lot of other YA Contemporary’s is that Charlotte could function and live her life without Ezra. Ezra complements Charlotte and vice versa, they add to each other’s life and want to share it with one another. There are not unhealthy obsessions or dependency issues, which is quite refreshing! This story will make you cry, having you laughing until your sides hurt, and make your heart burst with happiness. This is definitely an emotional rollercoaster ride that will take the reader through an array of emotions with Charlotte, Ella, and their father. Marie Landry is a YA Nicholas Sparks! This is a must read that you will not regret! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Waiting For the Storm is a beautiful story that tells of loss, grief, friendship, and love. Marie Landry has done a wonderful job of constructing a very moving story about a family dealing with loss and also helping them to heal and move forward with their lives. We first meet our main character Charlotte at her mother's funeral. We discover she has been taking care of her sick mom for the past year and her friendships have deteriorated. I felt bad for Charlotte, because she needed her friends to be there for her in a way that they weren't. Dealing with a terminal illness is never an easy thing and unfortunately it makes people uncomfortable. Charlotte isn't angry with them, but really she is more hurt. She needed someone to lean on during this time and her sister and her father were not around to help her. Charlotte's relationship with her sister, Ella, is rather strained. Ella used to be withdrawn, preferring her solitude, until Charlotte decided to stay at home and take courses her senior year in order to help with her mom. Now Ella finally feels she doesn't have to live in her older sister's shadow and really spins out of control: partying, boys, etc. The two are not close like they used to be and you can see just how much Ella resents Charlotte. Their father also wasn't around much, as his grief over losing his wife was unbearable and he couldn't stand to watch her be taken from him. This puts a lot of responsibility on Charlotte's shoulders and we meet a girl who is dealing with the loss of her mother and her best friend. After Charlotte's mom's passing, the three had promised to spend time at her favorite childhood getaway- Angel Island. Charlotte's family of three now packs up and heads to their new destination and also a place their mother loved. It's so disheartening to see the divide between these three. Instead of leaning on one another and supporting each other, they almost seem more like strangers. Upon arrival to the island, Ella immediately heads out to make friends and their father recluses away (Charlotte calls him Zombie Dad) and Charlotte is left to worry about them. However, Charlotte ends up befriending the boy next door, Ezra, who also happens to be helping fix up their cottage. Their friendship is incredibly sweet and he ends up being just the person Charlotte needs to help her deal with her grief. Ezra is patient and kind and is willing to listen to Charlotte and just be there for her. Of course, their friendship leads to something more and in Ezra, Charlotte starts to find genuine happiness. He is there to be a shoulder to cry on as well as a welcome distraction from her laboring thoughts about her family. Ezra understands Charlotte in a way no one else can but is keeping a few secrets of his own. Trust is a huge deal to Charlotte and she has opened up to Ezra in a way she never thought she could, so naturally she wants him to entrust her with his secrets. After finding out Ezra has been keeping a massive secret from her, Charlotte is beyond hurt and ends up pushing him away. However, Charlotte has to decide if keeping Ezra at a distance is really what she wants or if she can forgive him for keeping something so huge and move forward. What starts out as a story about loss and grief quickly turns into one of healing and new beginnings. New friendships are formed, familial bonds are reinforced, and love is found when it's least expected. Waiting For the Storm is the perfect read to pick up if you're in the mood for a sweet story that will put a smile on your face. *Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Molli-OnceUponaPrologue More than 1 year ago
An amazing example of YA contemporary! I was a beta reader for Waiting for the Storm, and even in those early stages, I had a special connection to this book. I created a playlist for it while I read, and something about reading such a powerful, emotional story and choosing music for it just...endeared me to Marie's third book. Charlotte and Ezra's story is very special to me, even more so than Nicholas and Emma in Blue Sky Days, Marie's debut novel - which I adored. Right away, I felt a kinship with Charlotte O'Dell. Reeling from her mother's death, my heart just went out to her. Charlotte is a great example of the sort of main character YA literature - and all fiction literature - needs. She's strong, but knows she needs to do some growing. She's self-aware, but still has all these idiosyncrasies that make her seem so relatable. I spent most of Waiting for the Storm so darned PROUD of Charlotte, although there were times when she broke my heart. Charlotte isn't the only strong character. Immediately after meeting Ezra, I knew I was going to fall for him just as hard as I had Charlotte. Marie has a way of writing these swoon-worthy male characters that PERFECTLY stride that linen between being awesome, and being too good to be true. Ezra is Charlotte's antithesis in so many ways, ways that end up being really, really good for her. I loved watching their friendship blossom, and my heart melted SO many times during the course of their relationship. The slow progression from friends to more felt totally natural - no cheesy insta-love here! Ezra and Charlotte are so strong together, and I liked that they made one another better. Waiting for the Storm is Marie's best novel so far. I said it reading an early version, and I'll say it now. She just keeps surprising me. The pacing was amazing in Waiting for the Storm - ebbing and flowing like the ocean Charlotte was staying near during the summer. The secondary characters, even those that didn't have too many appearances, were developed (MAJOR points from me for that,) and the plot tugged at my heart so hard at times. I had some words for Charlotte's sister, who's a terrific antagonist, and a really interesting foil to Charlotte. But even that was slowly, meticulously, yet organically brought to maturation. Marie takes her time with her plots and revelations, yet does so in a way that makes you feel like it's all arriving right on time. Final Thoughts: Waiting for the Storm is a shining example of why I love YA contemporary novels. It's a story about learning to live again, and a story about having hope that you'll meet whatever life holds for you. From the characters, to the romance, I FELT so much, and that's why I'll continue to read Marie's books.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Where to start..... where to start..... This story. This story has everything a good story needs: a love that goes deeper than the surface, backstories that touch your heart, and the surprises that draw you closer to the characters to the point where you believe they are real. And could I expect any less from Marie? No, I couldn't. Because she delivered so much more. As always. Charlotte was a character you couldn't help but relate to on so many levels: dealing with her grief and learning to live again. When one is thrown into the position Charlotte was in, taking care of her mom for so long, a lot of things end up being put on the back burner. That can really throw a person off balance, and could keep them off balance if they don't make the effort to spread their wings and fly again. Charlotte was terrified of the world, but she wanted to do more. Not only that but she wanted to help her family through this time. Her father was so lost and it became very hard for him to get a grip on reality. Ella is the quintessential sister that is acting out. You can sense that who she was is still in there but she is fighting it. But why is she fighting it? Charlotte tries to pull that part of her back to reality. All the while Charlotte starts to spend time with Ezra, who is literally the boy next door. He makes her swoon, not only by how gorgeous he is but also by his kindness. He made me swoon as well (as you can tell from my Tweet here) with his humor and his words. Oh... just thinking about it is too much. And the two of them together? Absolute perfection. They are made for each other. Waiting For The Storm is a beautiful story. It has the right mix of humor and life and love. By the time you reach the end, you're just swelling with this unimaginable joy. Marie Landry made me fall in love with yet another story of hers. If you want a compelling and sweet contemporary read, I say go for this story. It is brilliant and you WILL enjoy it. A LOT. My Rating: Exceptional
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had the honor of prof reading this story and I have to say that it is one of the best book I have read in a long time. Marie has a way of making you connect with the characters in her story. I didn't want to put the story down. The writing is so well done that I read the book in a day and a half and I lived the story. When I wasn't reading the story I was thinking of it. Marie is a very talented writer and I look forward to more from her.