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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

All the Way to Heaven by Becky Doughty / @XpressoReads @BeckySDoughty



Title: All the Way to Heaven
Series: The Fallout Series, Book 1
Author: Becky Doughty
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: November 2, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Anica Tomlin, business major, has just learned that the man she’s been planning her future around, her Global Finance professor, already has a beautiful wife and family. Ani cashes in her graduation gift to herself a little early—a trip to Tuscany—but from the moment she boards the wrong train in Pisa, her plans for solitude and self-indulgence begin to unravel around her.

When a bicycle accident thrusts Ani into the skilled hands of the dashing Dr. Cosimo Lazzaro, she reluctantly accepts his invitation to recover in his family’s country villa, perched on a hilltop surrounded by the Lazzaro olive groves. But it’s been a black year for olive growers all over Italy, and generations of tradition are being put to the test like never before.

Ani is swept up in the drama of life in Tuscany, the convergence of old and new, and the passions that drive people to pursue the desires of their hearts. Just as Ani begins to get her feet under her again, an unexpected turn of events leaves her doubting the very existence of happily-ever-after, unless she can learn to trust the desires of her own heart.

Although All the Way to Heaven is a stand-alone novel, it is the first book in The Fallout Series, a collection of sweet contemporary romances that follow characters featured in the first book.




Excerpt:
I rolled out onto the terrace and literally gasped at the vision before me. The fog, indeed, seemed to fill the valley below us like a mythical lake, the sun casting an iridescent glow over the surface of it. The distant mountain range rose up out of the mist like some far off magic lands. There was no breeze rustling the leaves around me, no sound at all but the muffled tones of conversation coming from inside the house, and the birds in the trees around the house paying homage with great gusto to the glorious new day. The morning was ripe with the stillness of anticipation, and I was almost afraid to move, lest I break the spell and send everything spinning into motion.

Claudia appeared shortly and handed me a foam-topped espresso drink in a huge mug. She didn’t say anything and we shared a few companionable moments before I finally whispered, “I’ve never seen anything quite like this before, Claudia. It’s spectacular.”

“Yes. It is like this almost every morning in the fall, but you must be up at the right time to catch it, usually much earlier than this. Blink your eyes too many times and the fog disappears. Many people live in this part of the country for years and never catch this moment.” She turned to look down at me. “I am glad you did not miss it.”

I heard Fabio’s voice in my head. Lucca is full of light and joy. If you look for it with open eye and open heart and open hand, you will find happy here, okay?


Becky Doughty is the author of the best-selling Elderberry Croft series, The Gustafson Girls series, Waters Fall, and more. She’s also the voice behind BraveHeart Audiobooks. She writes Women’s Fiction with strong elements of romance, as well as Young Adult and New Adult Fiction. Becky’s favorite people are edge-dwellers, those who live on that fine line where hope and despair meet, where love is the only answer and grace becomes truly amazing. Becky is married to her champion of more than 25 years. They have three children, two of whom are grown and starting families of their own, and they all live within a few miles of each other in Southern California. They share their lives with too many animals, a large vegetable garden, and a strange underground concrete room they’re certain was built for dark and sinister purposes….


2 comments:

  1. Miriam,

    Thank you so much for having me here today and for sharing about me and my book with your readers.

    I appreciate you!
    Becky Doughty

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