26 September 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe

The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood #1)
by Trisha Wolfe.
Audience/Genre: New Adult.
Publication: August 6th 2013 by Trisha Wolfe.
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.

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Reviewed by Kelly.

I am ashamed to admit that I have been on goodreads for years and Trisha Wolfe was one of my first friends when I joined. I have had her books on my tbr list but haven’t read one yet. I am kicking myself for not having read one before now. She is an awesome writer.

I find myself attracted to books that have broken characters. There is so much to work on and so much depth in those books.

This book is about Sam and Holden. Both are extremely broken in different ways. Sam has just lost her fiancĂ© to an accident. She isn’t coping well and is seeing her dead boyfriend all the time; she doesn’t take care of herself and refuses to drive. She is forced to take medications. She doesn’t take them, just flushes them down the toilet. She has driven away all her friends. Her parents are coping in different ways as well with her psychosis. Then she gets hold of Tyler’s diary and decides to read it looking for clues about the hit and run driver who killed him. She also decides that she wants to make the road trip that she and Tyler had planned to take after they were married and let some of his ashes go at each of the stops. She just has one problem, her would be father in law knows about her craziness and refuses to help her.

This is where Holden steps in. He has been to Hell and back. Well, no, he isn’t back yet. He has loved Sam from afar since they were kids and almost acted on it once. But Holden yields to his brother, Tyler, who has also claimed Sam. So Holden acts like a jerk to send her away from him. Sam has always had feelings for Holden but just tried to move on after he broke her heart. Holden was also ostracized by his dad after admitting that he drove the car that killed his mother. Holden has the same love of art that Sam has. Holden has other secrets in his closet but I can’t share those with you.

Holden is back in town and checks in on Sam to see only how messed up she is. He witnesses her talking to no one in the woods and talks to her. He also witnesses that she had gone to his home to get the ashes.

Holden decides to help her and gets some of the ashes for her. But his condition to it is that he goes with her on the road trip. She tries to ditch him but is unsuccessful. Then between Holden, Sam and Tyler’s diary and time spent on the road, Secrets are learned and shared. The healing process really begins for both of these broken people and they learn the truth about each other and Tyler.

The writing flows well. It goes back and forth between Holden and Sam’s POV. I love to watch the light bulb go on with these two. I loved watching them realize that they were really meant for each other all along. But it doesn’t come easy. Sam has some major problems to work through and Holden has his share of heartache too.

I found myself in tears over them at times. If I cry, it is an automatic 5 stars for me. The things that they both have suffered from are insurmountable and heartbreaking. But together they start to heal. I want me some Holden! That guy is really selfless although he thinks he is selfish!

You just really need to read this. I love the title of the book and it’s meaning in the story. I wish I could learn how to put words on images because I would have put the quotes on the picture. Now, every time I see a dead tree, I will think of this book. There is another book coming in this series and I am curious where it is going to go next.

If you love traveling, meeting random biker chick strangers who might become a friend, walking, finding yourself, healing, redemption, forgiveness, broken characters, and mental illness you will enjoy it. If you despise abuse, deception, and hurting the ones you love you will read about it.

I really can’t do this book justice!

Below is my favorite piece from the book and a picture I got from tumblr but couldn't find who to credit it too

"But I do remember learning something about the heartwood." I try to ignore the many, sudden tremors that quake just beneath my skin where his fingers caress, and keep my voice steady. "The dead part of the tree?" He nods slowly. "It's the darkest part," I say, and a mock laugh tumbles from my mouth. "I can relate. It's dark, stubborn, callous, dead on the inside." The wind picks up, sending my hair lashing against my cheeks. I don't care how crazy I sound to him anymore. It's true. Since losing Tyler, I'm just like my lovely dead trees. Holden's thumb pauses over my vein, and his artic eyes find and hold mine."That's only one perspective. The way I see it, the heartwood is strong beautiful, and resiliant. It can fight off any outside threat that tries to invade, and in rare cases...is alive. It may be the darkest part, but a living heartwood is a force to be reckoned with."

Then this part comes....

And right now--in the second that clarity overrules my heart--I remember why that little girl fell in love with the boy in the first place. He might have compared me to the heartwood, but he's like the bark. Rough and fractured, guarding, protecting the living part inside.

About the Author

I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing),
ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian
FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER
AND BEASTS available May 2013.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and
The Apocalypsies.
A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above,
I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.

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  1. I am so glad you loved this book. Wasn't it awesome. I love Trisha's books, and this one is my favorite so far. Great review.

  2. I like that she's part of a husband and wife team!