5+ REVIEW: Restless Waters (Left Drowning #2) by, Jessica Park


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~ Synopsis ~

A storm is coming, and with storms come restless waters.

Pulled from the depths of catastrophe and depression, Blythe McGuire has learned to escape from her past while embracing the future. A future now entwined with the Shepherd siblings.

With Chris, she shares a staggering romance that kicks heartbreak’s ass.

With Sabin, she shares an intense friendship, one that’s becoming more complicated than either had expected. A friendship now being put to the test because Sabin’s brutal past still haunts him. Because trauma is the gift that keeps on giving without mercy.

Now Sabin is the one left drowning and struggling to breathe, and his turmoil threatens to send all three into dark currents they cannot escape. Even after going through her own hell, saving Sabin will take much more than Blythe had anticipated. Their connection and their love could help, but getting him to reach for her hand could be Blythe’s biggest challenge ever.


This is the second installment in Jessica Park’s Left Drowning (series?) If you haven’t read Left Drowning yet? Beware – there may be spoilers ahead. (And if you haven’t? DO IT! Like NOW!)

Ms. Park and her surprises – wonderfully broken and beautiful surprises – because that’s what this was. A total epic fucking surprise. No pre-orders, no cover reveals – nothing, just an announcement that something was in the works and BAM here comes our Sabin! I was THRILLED for more of Blythe, Christopher and yes – Sabin, because he’s always been my favorite.

But I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions that followed as I got in the thick of this book. If you’ve read Left Drowning, you know how much Blythe and Chris have suffered through with their families, and just when things seem to be finally calming down and the future looking brighter? Old demons from their past rear their ugly heads – the memories flooding in and choking them off, not only for Blythe and Christopher, but poor Sabin who tries to hide everything underneath his sense of humor and theatrics. We see a real glimpse into the aftermath their father has caused – not just physically but emotionally …. and how far those nightmares of their past creep around in their day to day lives.

Blythe is trying to keep the family together as much as possible – she feels whole when everyone is home and she’s surrounded, but with school starting and Sabin taking off to California she’s scared of how empty their house will be – and the void the missing chaos will leave. Christopher is right by her side, but even he knows – the pull, especially Sabin has on Blythe….. their relationship blurring the lines of connection….. and what affects that could have on the entire families dynamic.

As always, Jessica Park writes with a flare – a sense of humor that can be biting and unique – forming three dimensional characters that will indescribably touch you – far deeper than you thought possible. You’ll be laughing with them one minute, almost as if sharing an inside joke – to sobbing and sharing their very…. very… real pain right along side them.

When I finished Left Drowning I.Was.Broken. She broke me. Hard.

And when I saw this all over my news feed on release day I was both thrilled and frightened – knowing the darkness that’s enveloped this family and I wasn’t sure I could go into …. I bought it right away and would start a few pages here and there …. still scared – a wonderful fear mind you….. but still scared none the less.

Did she break me again? Absolutely – full throttle. I didn’t even realize it was nearly 1am and I was sitting in my reading cubby – chain smoking and sobbing like my Pug just died.

But it’s the most beautiful broken you’ll ever be.


About the Author, Jessica Park


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Jessica Park is the author of LEFT DROWNING, FLAT-OUT LOVE, the FOL companion novella, FLAT-OUT MATT., FLAT-OUT CELESTE (new!), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

 You can e-mail her HERE. Tell her about your ex-boyfriend who was a font nerd. Or send pictures of awesome Flat People on adventures. (You get bonus points for this. Possibly some sort of award, too.) Stories of online romance. Apartment rental disasters. Skydiving experiences… Whatever you want. And like any normal person, she has an online addiction, so you can find her on FACEBOOK and TWITTER where she updates with much greater regularity than she does on her blog.

Jessica is a huge proponent of self-publishing — after all, it worked well for her! — and has put together some thoughts for other authors on the self-publishing process and its pros and cons on this site..


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