All This Time (Brandywood, #1) by Annabelle McCormack releases tomorrow in the Adult, Contemporary, Romance genre.
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
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!
Can she tell us more about the heroine’s arch?
In All This Time, heroine Sam Redding has to come back home for the birth of her niece. Home isn’t a place she’s a fan of: the small town of Brandywood brings nothing but bad memories for her after she grew up feeling bullied and gossiped about. But her intention to go back to city life as soon as possible is interrupted by the revelation that her mother has been diagnosed with late-stage cancer. Sam finds herself unexpectedly dealing with being her mom’s caretaker and keeping the family business afloat while trying to keep her own photography career alive.
While at home, Sam reconnects with Garrett Doyle, her ex’s best friend. But Garrett and Sam have a more complicated relationship than that: Sam’s best friend from high school was once engaged to Garrett and Sam has spent years thinking the worst of him. As the sparks fly between them, though, Sam realizes that what she knew about Garrett may have been wrong. And the more she opens her heart to him, the more she starts to understand that she’s been wrong about a lot of what she believed to be true about Brandywood, including her own family’s history.
Sam’s journey to discovering the truth about her past and Brandywood leads her on a journey of self-reflection, heartbreak, and love. But Sam’s default for so long has been to run from anything that has the potential to cause her pain. As she falls more deeply for Garrett and faces revelations that shatter her narrative about the negativity she perceived as a child, she must find a way to forgive and to let herself be vulnerable. What’s waiting for her on the other side of that is not only peace, but a love she never imagined possible.
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Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- Paperback copy of All This Time