Swear on This Life

Swear on This Life : A Novel

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Booklist, Top 10 Women's Fiction of 2016 Goodreads Best Romance of August Redbook.com's "20 Books by Women You Must ReadThis Fall" Popsugar's "21 Fiction Reads to Add to Your Fall Reading List" Bustle's "11 New Romance Books Perfect for Summer Beach Reading" Brit+Co's "16 Must-Read Adult Books Out in August" Sunset magazine's "Bookmark this: Your ultimate summer reading list" From USA TODAY bestselling author Renee Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she's the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel. When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn't thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer. Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio. That's because the novel is patterned on Emiline's own dark and desperate childhood, which means that "J. Colby" must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn't seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending. The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront "J. Colby," but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134 x 209 x 22mm | 269g
  • Atria Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 1501105795
  • 9781501105791
  • 11,610

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Mesmerizing. Intoxicating. Heartbreaking. "Before We Were Strangers" was everything I love about reading. I was completely enthralled by Grace and Matt s story that I was unaware of everything that was going on around me This story will stay with me forever This is one I could reread every year. --Eclectic Bookworms"show more

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