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Photographer: K. Keeton Designs
Cover designer: Staci Billhart at Quirky Bird Designs
Model: Nathan Weller
Model: Tessi Le’Anne
First, he saved me.
I lived because he was a hero.
And then he was gone.
Uprooted by the fire that destroyed our home, my family moved away and I never saw David Andrews again.
Then, he found me.
Eighteen years later, he rescued me again – in much simpler terms, of course. By loving me, by giving me the fairy tale I’d always hoped for, he provided me with the perfect life.
Now, he needs to be saved.
It’s my turn to be strong, to be brave, to be valiant.
When flames threaten to turn us to ashes, it’s up to me to pull us From the Wreckage.
I knew this was going to be a emotionally tough read for me. Not because I knew much about the actual story, but because I knew about the dedication and the loss that this author felt the day the world stopped turning. I don’t think there is anyone that doesn’t know exactly where they were when the World Trade Center Towers in New York fell. I think everyone in the country was affected on 9/11. But for Melissa Collins, the events of the day hit closer to home and just knowing that, I knew this would be a tough read for me.
What I didn’t expect was that it was more than just a romance story written down. It was a lesson in life. It was about kindness and compassion, understanding and devotion. It was waiting for that one person your entire life and never knowing if you would get the chance. Knowing that person was the one who helped make your life worth living, even as a small child.
David Andrews, a firefighter with the NYFD wanted more out of life. But until the moment he saw her in that bar, she had only existed in his dreams. The dreams he clung to. From the moment he saved her when she was six years old, there was always a place inside him that stirred when he thought about her and what happened to her after, when he thought about what she had become.
Grace always loved David. He was her hero as a child. He starred in her dreams. He was everything she could have wanted in a man, but she didn’t know him as a man. Only as the 11-year-old boy who saved her life.
These two were perfect for one another from the moment their eyes connected in that smoky bar. From that moment, she knew. He knew. It was so much more. The instant connection between these two was beautiful. It was strong from the moment their eyes connected.
You couldn’t help but fall in love with David’s personality and kindness. He was the man that made everything better for others, always others first. You just couldn’t help but admire his dedication to his job to his family and to the one woman who changed his world. His reason for being a firefighter.
David and Grace were meant for one another in everyway possible. The passion, the fire and the desire were all perfect when they were together. One thing I loved most about David and Grace, even though their careers are two completely different things, they both dedicated themselves to helping those around them. Giving back more than they receive. A teacher and a firefighter.
My eyes fill with tears for both David and Grace even now with the events that happen in the book. It is not just a love story, it is a life lesson and for me I found great comfort in the people that these two not only were but who they become.
As I said at the beginning, I knew this would be a tough read knowing that it would touch on the events of 9/11, but Melissa Collins took an approach to that day with such beauty and ease. I was touched and hurt all over again. But I was also reminded of the promises we all made to our love ones in the aftermath of the tragedy. It was the strength and support from those that surrounded those directly affected that day that pulled them through and it is a great reminder, that though loved ones were lost, we will never forget.
This book was emotional for me, but the beauty behind the words is what I loved the most. Melissa Collins has done something truly unforgettable with this book and it is a book that will stay with me a very long time. The passion, the tragedy, the pain and most of all, the love. This book touched a place deep inside and I know that I will be re-reading this one time and time again.
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This is book 4 of The Love Series, but can be read as a standalone.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.