(Shore House, #1)
Publication date: June 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Nora Hargrove’s post-grad life includes a horrific entry-level job, a cave of an apartment, and a strict avoidance of all interpersonal relationships. She knows only one thing about herself—she wants to be left alone.
Avoiding her mother’s forced family time, she seeks solitude on her own terms. In a poorly ventilated, overcrowded Dewey Beach rental, she discovers there’s no place to hide. Not from yourself, not from your life, and not from love. This is the story of Nora Hargrove’s full share.
I learned the healing power of a good bloody Mary and a dip in the Atlantic. I kayaked in the dead of night and witnessed the only shooting star I’ve ever seen. I fell in love on a bed made of pallets. I lived.
Life is deep. Dive in.
I tried to make this a review, I really did. But it turns out it’s a love letter. A letter to express how deeply I’ve fallen for this author, who has managed to take my heart and squeeze it multiple times, never quite letting go until I’m at the point of surrender. Full Share seems on the surface to be an interesting book about a young woman facing the questions of what to do and where to go with her life. However it delves much, much deeper. Facing such strong emotional turmoil and burying it would take its toll on anyone, but Nora takes some things with her that continuously create cracks in her steel armor. With passages that made me short of breath following pieces of grade A comedy, I never quite knew what to expect next. Not to say that I was confused or led astray, but Full Share is not predictable or bland so there were definitely surprises. This is a story full of questions almost all of us ask ourselves at some point, and sometimes the answers are painful, while other times they are joyful and lovely. Take your time enjoying this one so you don’t miss a single sentence!
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.