Write By Your Side
by D.J. Van Oss
Series: Golden Grove #3
Published by Blue Penny Press
Publication Date September 15th 2017
Genres: Clean Romance
It was the story of their lives...
Ellie Chambers had always wanted to be a writer, ever since she could remember. Now she was a successful thriller author, although it had come at a price. Two prices, actually. The first was the fallout from a hastily-signed (and horrible) contract with Margo Rollings, the Publisher Who Wouldn't Die. And the second was Sam Price, her former writing partner and almost-fiance.
Sam Price had dreamed of being the next Hemingway, not the hack ghost writer behind the popular "Lottie Long" cozy mystery series. But days spent with his dad as a sought-after finish carpenter in quaint Golden Grove, Iowa gave him little time for much else. And now an unforeseen catastrophe in the form of Margo Rollings, his former publisher, has left him with the ultimate lose-lose proposition: Write another book with Ellie or face a ruined career.
Can Ellie and Sam put aside their differences in order to save their careers? Or is there something even more important between them worth saving?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Call It Chemistry: A Golden Grove Series Small Town Sweet Romance
I have to confess that many second chance romances drive me crazy. They have some unrealistic plot about how the one crushed the heart of the other when they were in high-school and 10 years later (why always 10 years?), they are still deeply in love but unable to forgive. Ugh!
D. J. Van Oss did not do that with this story. Though Sam and Ellie were “almost engaged” before they had their falling out, and though they have spent the past 4 years avoiding each other, the author did a great job in making it all seem realistic and not childish. Kudos to him for that.
I have also read other stories about writers, but never have I learned as much about the writing process as I did here. And in an interesting way that was very natural. I never knew there was such thing as a character thesaurus!
I have come to expect a fun sense of humor in books by this author, and was not disappointed. The story was quite humorous. The idiom wars that Sam and Ellie had, as well as the book ideas they tossed about were great. It had at least a few laugh out loud moments.
The characters of Sam and Ellie had a depth that went well beyond their physical descriptions. I felt like I got to know them, their hopes, dreams and insecurities. The secondary characters were also interesting. The emotions of the characters were expressed in such a way that I felt like I was experiencing them.
All in all, this was great story and one that I can heartily recommend.