New Beginnings and Starting Over

New Beginnings (Book One) and Starting Over (Book Two) by Cori Garrison
Every now and then you find an author who takes you on an emotional journey, Cori Garrison delivers that with these two books. We’re taken on a journey of pain, healing, self-discovery and love.
Book one opens with Sam Evans experiencing a personal tragedy that no one wants to go through. Her older sister Shawn and her friend Jenna step up to help her through the next few months and along the way Sam starts to make discoveries about herself. Those discoveries will affect her relationship with her sister, her parents, her child and with Jenna.
Families are complicated, and not all are healthy, sometimes you walk away, other times you’re pushed away. In Starting Over, Shawn Evans is in a loving relationship, Sam and Jenna’s relationship continues to grow, and Stacy Evans, the youngest sister, has moved to the area to be closer to her sisters against her parents’ wishes. After a confrontation between Shawn and her father, Shawn leaves to find peace with herself. Kindness from a stranger causes her to reexamine what she wants in life. The Evans sisters and their friends continue to build a new family, one based on respect, acceptance and love.
Throughout these books the characters are well developed, their problems are real, and the blooming romances are ripe with self-doubt and tenderness. The pacing is tight, the emotions are heart felt, and the overall feeling is one of hope. Well done.