Autumn’s Rise (Haywater #1) by R.G. Corr
on February 28th 2016
Rating: 4 Crowns
“On the discovery of a family secret and the heart-wrenching events that follow, Autumn Chamberlain has lost what little faith she had in those closest to her. Knowing she can never truly live her life if she remains with her family, and with an abundance of guilt laying heavily in her heart, she escapes the lonely world she felt forced to live in and heads to the seaside town of Haywater. The aim, to look for a new beginning, a fresh start. But she has one clear notion – to never love again.
Talented surfer, Zed Maddison, has always worked hard at protecting those closest to him, until the day he fails. Fighting his own demons, Zed flees his close family; unable to face them and the remorse he feels before finally arriving in Haywater.
When their worlds collide, Zed has an unfathomable need to protect Autumn and becomes relentless in his fight, forcing Autumn’s defences to the limit.
Can her secrets remain dead and buried?
Or will a revelation destroy everything?”
‘Autumn’s Rise is a rise from the ashes contemporary romance that finds hope in the aftermath of darkness and strength in love. A sensational début written with heart, honesty and soul. Yes, its official, this princess has been hit with the ‘Zed Effect.’ ~ Kelly, Perusing Princesses Blog
Wow, what can I say about this book except that it captivated me from start to finish. This début is not only beautifully written but it held a real sense of compassion as the characters were well nurtured and gradually came to life before my very eyes.
R.G Corr gave us a sheltered and broken heroine in the early chapters, and gave her a voice, and that voice had one hell of a story to tell. Her past has been inflicted with painful wounds wrapped around a façade of wealth and high social standing. Autumn Chamberlain wanted for nothing to the outside world but within those confines of a beautiful mansion held many dark secrets.
Taking flight and attending college was her get out of jail free card and a one way ticket to freedom, the thought is liberating as much as it is terrifying. Her only regret is leaving her housekeeper and surrogate mother, Mary – the only person who tended to Autumn throughout her life with a caring hand.
Haywater is a new start, and her saving grace comes in two very special people, Bea and Jack; one very outspoken carefree date addicted party girl and one very illuminating gay man who loves clothes shopping more than the average socialite – these two make for one perfect distraction.
Even with new-found friendship, Autumn has sworn to never let another into her heart, not when it has been shattered so fiercely. Her promise is tested when the new beautiful surfer and Bea’s cousin, Zed enters the scene along with his crazy Brother-in-arms, Reid.
A womanising playboy is the last thing Autumn needs, but with being a close relative to her best friend, Bea, it is inevitable that their paths should cross more than once. It soon becomes apparent that Zed is harbouring some troubling demons of his own, and it is through this that they find a quiet understanding, and what starts as an inconvenient distraction becomes something to be treasured.
Autumn and Zed’s story of love, hope and redemption is a journey that really spoke to me and I’m so pleased that I agreed to take a gamble and read an ARC because this book is a real gem, and I highly recommend you add it to your TBR.
4.5 ‘Zed Effect’ Crowns
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