Photographer: Abigail Marie, Non Pa'Reil Photography
Cover Design: Murphy Hopkins, Indie Solutions
Bryson Walker stumbled heart first into the steady rhythm of her life, never questioning whether other possibilities existed. She had been Will’s girl since their junior year in high school, followed him to college, and married him soon after graduation.
In every respect, they were a loving and successful couple, until a series of missteps shattered all of Bryson’s truths. Maybe their life was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. A performance that was never based in reality.
Hart was barely an acquaintance. He and Bryson shared one brief moment during senior prom, full of friction and heat that ignited a spark. But that night Bryson walked away and Hart let her go.
Years later, twisted fate brings Bryson and Hart together again, causing her to wonder if this is her second chance at once in a lifetime.
I stood in front of the glass wall, mesmerized. The fake sunlight shimmered down through the water, bouncing off the yellow, green, and pink coral. The blue glow of the tank gave the dimly lit nook a mystical dreamy feel.
The prom committee had pulled off an epic feat this year. Instead of having the dance in our gross school gym it was being held at the new state-of-the-art aquarium downtown. Once the student committee agreed, Megan Sims, head cheerleader and overly developed youth, was given the task of presenting the new location idea to the faculty advisor, Mr. Hall. During the meeting, as Megan waxed poetic about riding the waves of hope out into the ocean of the future, she hoisted her massive boobs up to meet Mr. Hall’s sightline. Three seconds into Megan’s spiel the dude was so titnotized that he would have offered up his first born in order to pay the rental fee.
At first, I had my doubts about spending my final prom at the aquarium. The fishy décor didn’t exactly scream romance, but I had to admit, it was pretty cool. The dance was in Ballroom A, which opened up onto a huge deck facing the Charleston harbor. Inside three giant purple octopus chandeliers hung down from the ceiling, casting cool shadows on the walls covered in varying shades of blue. Big white coral sculptures were at the four corners of the room. Tables draped in white linen with candles and seashell centerpieces outlined the room, leaving a huge space in the middle for dancing.
I would give this book a huge 5 stars and highly recommend to others.
Wow this book blew me away, it wouldn't be an Alison book if she didn't bring me to tears multiple times in her stories, and this one was no different! Ahh so hard to put in to words how I felt after reading this.
It was a beautiful, magical whirlwind romance that will sit in my heart for a long time to come.
I honestly didn't think she could top Present Perfect her first book I read or even come close to it with this book but wow did she prove me wrong she was on point with this story as well. I have to be honest I don't even read the blurbs when I see this author has written it, I just dip my head right into the story because no matter what she writes it always wins me over and clearly sustains for long periods of time. I love how you feel every word she writes down to your soul and she captures your attention from page one, and of course keeps you flipping pages because you become hungry for the whole story and can't wait to find out what happens next.
This story is unique and a book about finding that happily ever after even if you never realized that you weren't actually living it already.
I won't spoil this story with a bunch of teasers or words to describe the story just know you need to give it a chance and you will not be disappointed! Get to one clickin' so you can enjoy this wonderful magical journey!
The Dance by Alison G. Bailey is a book about finding an independence and strength that always hovered below the surface. A story about making decisions, even if they turn out to be mistakes and learning from them and finding a love that captures you're very soul, awakening every part of you, helping you to become the best version of yourself. This book is emotional, it will make you angry, sad and happy while reading but it's all worth it to become immersed in this heartfelt story that is completely unique to any other you have read.
Bryson married her high school sweetheart just like she always knew she would. Together since junior year, Bryson and Will were a package deal all throughout college and graduate school. Marrying Will and staring a family in their dream home was all she ever imagined doing with her life, until one discovery changes everything.
Just when Bryson is at her weakest emotionally, not knowing what direction to take with the turn of events that has become her life, an old friend emerges bringing with him feelings that she hasn't had in ten years. Although their initial interaction was ever so brief, it was completely powerful and felt in her very soul.
The decisions that Bryson has to make as she forges on to become the independent woman she always was deep down aren't exactly easy or understood by others but she remains true to herself and her heart throughout this heartwarming yet tragically sad story.
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I was born and raised in Charleston, SC. I attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school I began writing one-act plays, which I later produced. My debut novel, Present Perfect, landed on Amazon’s Best Seller List and appeared on many “Best Reads of 2013” Book Blogs. The novel won Best Book at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention Awards. My second novel, Past Imperfect, was published in February of 2014 and appeared on several best books of 2014 lists as well. Presently Perfect, the third and final book in The “Perfect” series was released in Dec 2014 to rave reviews. In March 2015 all the love, swoon, heat, and angst were combined into the Perfect Series Box Set. My fourth novel, Stop!, released in June 2015, becoming a bestseller in YA/Teen category.