Publisher: Edward Allen Publishing, LLC (1st June 2016)


Elise seemingly has it all with a successful career, her own home, car and cardiologist boyfriend, Darren, who is obviously besotted with her. However, he is waiting for the right moment to propose, but she is waiting for the right moment to break up!

Elise and commitment don’t gel!

I have to say that I didn’t warm to Elise at first, but as I learned more about her life growing up and her relationship, or lack of it, with her mother, I began to understand her more and she grew on me as the story progressed. I loved the relationship between Elise and her sister, Melanie. Also the relationship she has with her niece and nephew. The scenes where she has been left to care for them are hilarious!

I was a bit confused to start with about her relationship with Ben, as he was first introduced as the father of her sisters children, but all made sense soon afterwards.

I felt quite sorry for Elise and the way her Mothers selfishness had shaped her future. I was really routing for her when she went to see her Dad who she hadn’t seen since she was a little girl. She needed answers as to why he never tried to have any kind of relationship with her. She was not prepared for the truth.

I found myself wanting to shake some sense in to Elise where Ben is concerned as they are obviously made for each other, although I did feel sorry for Darren. You can’t make yourself love someone though, no matter how lovely they are.

This may be a love story with a happy ending, but it’s much more than that. It is very funny in parts and heart-breaking in others. A very well written romance with real and likeable characters you will care about. I’m sure many readers will relate to their stories.

I was only left with one question….. What is white gravy?

Many thanks to Julieann Dove for sending me an advance review copy of A Reason To Stay. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

It will be released on 1st June 2016 and you can pre-order a copy HERE

Description –

Elise Newton has it all—a dream job, a house that’s all hers, and a boyfriend who’s a cardiologist. Darren has been carrying an engagement ring in his pocket for two months, waiting for the perfect time to ask her to be his wife. He has no idea Elise has been waiting for the perfect time as well—to break up.

You see, Elise has a fatal flaw. She cannot commit to love.

An early-morning call from her sister gives Elise hope. She’s needed back home in Kentucky, to care for their mother who’s recovering from surgery. It’s the break Elise has been searching for, a reprieve from the strain of ducking Darren’s declarations of love.

But along with Kentucky comes seeing Ben—her first love, the one who came closest to being her happily ever after. Now a single dad, Ben has moved on with his life. But has his love for her moved on as well?

When Elise discovers a long-hidden truth about her family—and the reason why she can’t commit—she must decide which man will give her a reason to stay.

About the author –

Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches–anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

You can visit Julieann Dove’s author page here on AmazonUK


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