BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY - All This Time by Annabelle McCormack
All This Time
Publication date: October 25th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Almost ten years ago, Samantha Redding swore off her hometown of Brandywood, Maryland. Sure, she misses her family, but she’s over the gossip and drama that came with small-town living. Besides, she has the photography career she always dreamed of now.
Then her mom gets sick. Faced with a long stay at home, Sam is forced to relocate a holiday photoshoot to Brandywood to meet a tight work deadline. Only problem is, she needs help from the townspeople she’s spent years distancing herself from. Strangely, Sam finds an ally in someone who kept her at arm’s length all his life: brooding and sarcastic Garrett Doyle—the guy that dumped her best friend at the altar years before.
But Sam never knew Garrett tried to keep his distance because he was really in love with her. And he’s just come back to town after trying to get his life together. Garrett knows he ought to stay away—but the sight of her brings back all those old feelings. Anyway, she’s leaving Brandywood soon enough, and then he can go back to trying to forget her.
. . . except, Sam’s about to discover that everything she thought she knew about home—and Garrett—was wrong.
A contemporary romance with steamy, open door romance and tear-jerking moments about facing the past and finding forgiveness, All This Time is the first book in the Brandywood Small Town Romance Series. CW: alcoholism, abuse, cancer, language
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10 years ago, Samantha Redding swore off her hometown of Brandywood, Maryland. She moves to New York and has a thriving photography business. Sam’s mom falls ill, forcing Sam to stay longer than expected. Insert Garrett Doyle (her BFF’s ex-finance) and we are in for one interesting ride.
While this book is marketed as a romance book, to me, it’s more of a mixed genre of family drama and romance. Which I loved. I enjoyed following Sam as her character began to self-reflect and question her previous assumptions. The personal grow she demonstrated was brilliant.
I liked the small-town vibe and all the drama that comes along with it. The chemistry between Sam and Garrett was awesome, I feel like they are an excellent match, and I can see why Garrett was in love with her. The characters are real and there is a level of depth that kept me engaged and wanting to know more about their backstories.
Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who loves a fun Rom Com filled with suspense and tension between the delightful cast of characters.
I look forward to reading book two and see how this series unfolds!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Annabelle McCormack spins you tales of epic historical adventure, heartfelt romance, and complex family dynamics with strong female protagonists to make things interesting. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Writing Program. She’s a sucker for pizza (cheese, bread, and tomatoes are the perfect foods) and mangoes, loves baking and photography, and never wants to do laundry again. She lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, where she serves as a snack bitch for her (lucky-they’re-cute) five children and three boxers.
She’s half-Costa Rican and speaks fluent Spanish, so you can always drop her a line in either English or Spanish. Pura vida!
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