Welcome to the beginning of a three-day blog hop! Friend and fellow author Liz Crowe has written an amazing series of not-your-typical-romance books, what she has coined Romance For The Real World, or Reality-based romance (Liz, I hope I got that correct!).
I've read 4 of the Stewart Reality series, and while I would love to jump into the books and smack some of the characters silly, this is a test of a well written book, in my opinion. If you simply read a book and don't give it another thought, then what's the point? But if the characters stay with you, and elicit an emotional response, then the author's done her job.
Visit these other fine blogs for more Liz:
Romance Books 4 Us Midwest Galley Girl Harlie's Books
Nicole Morgan Lacey Wolf Rose Anderson
Exquisite Quills Melissa Keir Adria's Romance Reviews
Ginger Ring Hesperia Loves Books Sheri Fredericks
Reviews by Crystal Ryder Islington Berengaria Brown
La-Tessa Montgomery Cocktails and Books Drue's Random Chatter
Rose's Book Blog Book Addict Liberty Ann
Liz Crowe Eskimoo Princess Romance on a Budget
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Strong personalities—volatile marriages—stressful careers—conflicting goals—difficult
Contemporary challenges facing close-knit families form the
crucible that forges a new generation.
Brandis, Gabriel, Blair and Lillian emerge from the entanglement
of their parents’ longstanding emotional connections, but one’s star will burn
brighter – and hotter – than the others.
With a personality that consumes everyone and everything in
its path, Brandis Gordon struggles to maintain control as he ricochets between wild
success and miserable failure. His life proves how even the strongest relationships
can be strangled by the ties that bind.
Brandis and Gabe Frietag are as close as any brothers, bound
by both loyalty and fierce rivalry. The strength of their ultimate alliance is
tested time and again by Brandis’ choices.
Companions from birth, Blair Frietag and Lillian Robinson
share loner tendencies, but come to rely on each other through adolescence. As
they mature, both are forced to confront their feelings for the men they knew
Somewhere between the tangle of good memories and bad, independence
and addiction, optimism and despair, the intertwined destinies of the new
generation finally collide, leaving some stronger, others broken, but none
As a chronicle of three
families navigating the minefields of teen years into the turbulence of young
adulthood, Good Faith holds up a
literary mirror to contemporary life with joys and temptations unflinchingly
reflected. Its fresh, real-life voice portrays the sheer volatility of human nature,
complete with the hopes, dreams, and unexpected setbacks of marriage,
parenthood and “coming of age.”
Three families—Gordon, Frietag, and Robinson—share complex
connections previously established in the best-selling Stewart Realty series.
This stand-alone, final novel explores the characters coping with mature
marriages and challenging, adolescent children. Through shared experiences,
their inherent strengths and fragilities as individuals and as couples are
revealed forming the basis of relationships for the next generation.
Brandis Robert Gordon emerges as the golden boy from the
crowd of children that have grown up together, the apple of his family’s eye,
the kid the other kids follow — even when he heads over a cliff. He is being raised by fiercely focused
parents who are determined to succeed at everything they do, even if it means
unconscious neglect of their children’s emotional needs. Brandis’ star shines
bright, blinding family and friends to his inner weaknesses until it’s too
Good Faith is, at
its core, the story of this young man’s all-consuming struggles with success
and failure. It is also a saga of his personal odyssey—his ultimate quest for
normalcy, when everything around him seems destined to thwart that goal.
The intertwining relationships amongst Brandis, his best
friend Gabe Frietag, Gabe’s younger sister, Blair, and her friend, Lillian
Robinson, bracketed by the equally compelling lives of their parents and
siblings, form the framework of this complex novel.
By the time Brandis fully grasps what Blair, the girl he’s
known his whole life, means to him, he has embarked on a life journey plagued
by multiple addictions. Recruited to play Division I football as a freshman
starting quarterback, after years of dedicated effort towards that very goal,
he attempts to focus and be the man his parents and girlfriend expect him to
be. But his personal demons already have a firm grip on him, and his downward
spiral threatens to drag everyone he loves into the vortex with him.
Blair Frietag has never considered herself strong or
independent—she’s just “Gabe’s nerdy sister” and “Lillian Grace’s best friend.”
But she is harboring a life-long obsession with Brandis Gordon. When he finally
comes to her, she welcomes everything about him—the good and the bad—nearly
destroying herself in the process. Because Brandis’ love is conditional and
anchored in dependence, she must accept or reject her role as enabler. By the
time she acknowledges the fact that her desire to help him overpowers her
inability to do so, it’s nearly too late.
After being told that the man he considers his father is
actually not, Gabriel Frietag’s final years of high school devolve into angry
confusion. The fact that he has started to question his sexuality only
compounds his misery and frustration. The love/hate relationship with Brandis,
which began while the boys were small, is sorely tested by Brandis’
increasingly bad choices and is finally severed, thanks to what Gabe considers
Brandis’ unhealthy dependence on Blair. In an uncharacteristic move, Gabe
rejects everything he knows and loves, and accepts a scholarship to play soccer for a college on the West Coast, hoping he can break from the
painful confines of his childhood home. But his connection to Lillian Grace
Robinson, another instrument in their life-long quartet of friendship, remains
Lillian is Blair’s companion from birth. A shy girl at
first, “Lilly-G” seems destined to live forever in Blair’s shadow. But as she
observes her friend’s descent into emotional turmoil with Brandis, Lillian
comes to terms with her powerful feelings for Gabe. This realization of her own
inner strength molds her into the touchstone everyone reaches for: their anchor
in the storm, the friend they are all lucky to have, while remaining the one
who will forever hold Gabe’s heart in her hands — no matter how far he goes
The Gordon, Frietag and Robinson ties are born of
circumstance, necessity and emotion. Yet the choices of the second generation
seem destined to destroy all they have built together. When the shocking loss
of one of their strongest members comes at the precise moment when healing
seems within reach, it threatens their tenuously rebuilt bonds. The tragedy
forces everyone to open their eyes to the fickleness of fate and to rely on
each other once more.
Good Faith holds
up a literary mirror to contemporary life with all its temptations, joys, and
sorrows. The plot’s twists and turns are designed to reflect the volatility of
human nature, with all its hopes, dreams, and unexpected setbacks.
More than just another coming-of-age tale, this compelling new
novel from best-selling author Liz Crowe is told with sympathy, humor and a
real-life voice that will not easily be forgotten.
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