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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Loving the Book Presents: Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill; #BookTour, #Giveaway, & #Review

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Loving the Book and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Rating:  4 Stars
Told in the first person.

The truth could cost her everything. 

Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is grand.

Or is it?

When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It's temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss.

If only Ava could believe her own excuses.

Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.

Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town —Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game? Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem.

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After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Laura moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family. Her accolades in broadcasting include awards from the Associated Press, including Best News Anchor and Best Specialized Reporter. 

Laura works at Spring Hill College as the school’s web content and social media manager and is active in her community—participating in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, and Providence Hospital’s Festival of Flowers.

Laura was recently awarded a 2-book deal with Thomas Nelson Publishing, a division of HarperCollins. Her novel, Center of Gravity, set in Mobile, Ala., will be published in July of 2015. Laura is represented by Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein, president of McIntosh and Otis literary agency in New York. Her writing awards include those from William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Writer’s Digest, RWA, and the Eric Hoffer competition.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in interactive technology from the University of Alabama. She is a native of Upstate New York and currently resides near the Alabama Gulf Coast with her two children

Jack is a child who already has high aspirations for himself.  Ava is a stay at home mom.  Mitchell is the perfectly strange husband.  Graham is a man with skeletons in his closet.

This story reads just like a telenovela.  I can picture each scene as it unfolds.  And just like when I watch a movie, I can hear warning bells go off.  Your heart will reach out to the children.  You feel sorry for what Ava is going through.  If Mitchell were in front of you, you’d want to punch his lights out.  I can picture this being a show on Investigation Discovery – would be a perfect fit.

It’s sad to say that this story happens once too often in the real world.  Jack is a child but at times you think he is a lot older.  It’s a situation where no one wins.  But the one who pays the highest price are the children. Emotion is a big part of this story – both as the scenes unfold and what the reader feels as they turn the pages.  Feeling sad is certainly one strong emotion that comes out and the other is anger for what this family is going through.  If the author is trying to engage her readers, she certainly has accomplished that here. 

Character Casting:

Ava Carson - Emma Stone

Mitchell Carson - Christian Bale

Jack Carson - Jonathan Morgan Heit

Graham Thomas - Chris Pratt

Lucy - Carla Gugino

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1 comment:

  1. Dear Lynn,

    Thank you so much for hosting Center of Gravity today! I’m so pleased to be highlighted on your website and really appreciate you being part of the Loving The Book Blog Tour!



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