Title: Whiskey Girl
Author: Grea Warner
Genre: New Adult/Women’s Fiction
I’ve been called many names—mid-kid, wild child, Ella Bella, preacher’s daughter, and probably a lot of others behind my back. Whiskey Girl, though, is top shelf. It’s not necessarily the most accurate. But it’s my favorite because of who crowned me with it.
Entering the bar, all I wanted was a temporary escape. I needed a moment of not comparing my life to my perfect sister’s. And that definitely meant a shot of something strong … something that would leave an impression. Little did I know, it wouldn’t be the alcohol but the stranger sitting beside me.
When fate traumatically threw us together a second time, the initial bond I had with that man strengthened. Maks understood sister issues. He understood being the undervalued family member. He understood loss. He understood me.
What Maks didn’t understand was my ability to protect myself from being hurt. I did it when playing sports, and I had learned to do the same with relationships. That’s why when it came to our goodbye, I needed to be the strongest proof and fly away.
But bottles break. Wings get clipped. And my directionless life suddenly seemed to have a plan of its own.
A chance encounter connects two souls on all levels but what happens when fear and loneliness try to root out love and hope? Ella needs a short reprieve from her sister’s wedding festivities, so she sidles up to the bar. There’s she meets handsome Maks and there’s an undeniable connection. He understands what it’s like to have a talented sister, to feel inadequate, to feel loss. When they meet up again, they receive devastating news about Bethany and Ryan. Ella agrees to stay and help Maks take care of Ryan’s children. Ella feels something akin to love for Maks but it freaks her out. Can Maks prove to her that being in love is even better than falling in love? Can Ella swallow her fear and embrace life as it comes?
Whiskey Girl is an emotional tale of finding your path, family, love, loss, and smooth whiskey. There’s no greater feeling in the world than connecting with someone. It can be difficult to explain to people who haven’t experienced it but it’s electrifying. Fear is another emotional tie that is hard to define. In Whiskey Girl, Ella deals with both in vastly different ways. From the start, I bonded with Ella. She’s such a wonderful character with flaws and insecurities like you and me. The descriptive narration is beautifully expressed so that the reader has no choice but to be emotive while reading. Grea Warner’s writing is poignant and unforgettable. If you love reading gut-wrenching, cry-your-eyes-out stories, you’ll want to read Whiskey Girl. This is the best book Grea Warner has ever written. Bravo! Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Grea Warner wants you to cry. She wants your heart to break a little, too. Why? Because that means you feel her characters as if you were one of them. With a background in daytime dramas and a realistic approach to life, Grea writes novels that blur the line of Women’s Fiction and Romance. If you’re a fan of binge watching a TV series or have a passion for the arts like Grea, then you’ll love her fictional serials.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N