Thursday, July 16, 2015

Blog Tour: When the Crows Fly Low by V. J. Patterson


Standalone
374 p.
Published: April 18, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Candace's Book Blog Promotions

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When the crows fly low…rain is coming.

At eleven-years-old, Will Lawson discovers that Hell isn’t just a place for demons. It exists on earth in an act so evil it rips away a part of his innocent soul. In its place; bitterness, hate and a vow for revenge.

Consumed by darkness, Will descends into a life of reckless living; booze and women the outlet for his guilt and despair. But meeting Sarah a beautiful young woman running from her own ghosts, changes everything. Finding his salvation in her, Will wades into the unfamiliar waters of love. Just when happiness is within his grasp, a familiar face returns to Will’s hometown of Doyle, Tennessee. A wicked twist of fate forces Will to decide between the girl he loves and his need for revenge. Is love enough to save Will from the darkness that endeavors to unravel his sanity?

In this debut romantic drama, When the Crows Fly Low weaves a story full of suspense, loss, and love. It is sure to stay with the reader long after the final page.
My thoughts:

 From the beginning, you can tell you are going to get a romance which is bittersweet. You know the ending at the start so you travel back in time through a letter explaining what was felt and regrets at what could have been. You follow the story of the enigmatic Will Lawson from his most important impactful memory to his last. It is his letter to his lost love that sets the stage.

While many of you know I hate to cry, I really didn't until the end. It was an interesting journey with how decisions made in the moment reverberate throughout one's life. You don't just get Will's telling but you also get Sarah since she is the one reading and remembering. Both made decisions that they either regretted but stood by and took responsibility.

This bittersweet tale ends as expected but I have to say that my admiration for Sarah soared. Both were set with the decision to live or exist. She chose to live.

I give this book 4 stars and recommend it to those that love a bittersweet love story.


About the Author:

V.J Patterson lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children. She grew up listening to her grandfather’s stories, one of which inspired her first novel, When the Crows Fly Low.


GIVEAWAY 

The author will be giving away $25 Gift Card (INT) and signed copy of “When the Crows Fly Low” (U.S.) to the winners of the below Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends July 28th.


TOUR PAGE
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26 comments:

  1. I read the title of the book to the tune of 'When Doves Cry' by Prince. -sigh- Don't ask. Anyway, I absolutely love when the story is setup like that! This sounds like a really good book.

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    1. LOL! Sounds like something I would do. I think you would enjoy it.

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  2. I do love a bittersweet story and I can handle them especially if I'm wholly prepared that I will cry at some point and that I know it won't be a HEA.
    Great review!

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    1. You know from the beginning. No surprises on that front, so you would be good. :)

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  3. I don't like the sound of a bittersweet romance Melissa! I want there to be hearts and flowers and rainbows in the end, however unrealistic that may be. Sarah sounds like an outstanding character though, and I'm so glad this worked well for you:)

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    1. I think you would really like Sarah. Remember I hate to cry and I was okay getting through this one. :D

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  4. It sounds pretty interesting but ahhh on the no HEA bit. Those are so hard.

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    1. Well, I wouldn't say no HEA, just not what we usually get in stories like this...

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  5. Thank you so much for giving this a read! When I read it I just thought it was SO beautiful! Bittersweet and sad but stunning. Not always easy to read but I appreciated we knew the outcome from the start.

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    1. I did enjoy it! Thanks Candace for thinking of me.

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  6. While I don't read romance and will probably never read this book, it sounds interesting, and I'm so glad you liked it!

    Asma @ IceyBooks

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    1. Yea, this book probably isn't for you. Glad you stopped by!

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  7. Yes indeed the romance is bittersweet. I wished there had been more about the war and all that. Still a good ending.

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    1. I would like that and not. For me what was given balanced well with the rest of the book.

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  8. I like the format of this book about going back in time and re-examining the choices and mistakes with a 20/20 vision. Bittersweet romances sometimes work and I'll be interested in seeing if I will like it.

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  9. Ooh I love tropes like this. I'm a WHY sort of person and combine that with such an emotional story, I'm sure I'll get swept!

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  10. It's always so interesting to have stories like that. and I confess that I'm curious. It sounds quite intense.

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  11. I don't mind a good cry. I like the sound of this.

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  12. Oh I might need truffles..it made you cry even though you knew..impressive.

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  13. Bittersweet endings leave me sad for days lol

    Sometimes - if I'm prepared - I can handle them.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  14. I don't know if I could handle this one. I hate crying at books.

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  15. I DO hate to cry! So I don't know if this is for me...but at least you know that going in.

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