Author: Samantha March
Title: Defining Her
Genre: Contemporary Women
Available on Amazon
Review: I know Samantha virtually through our YouTube beauty channels and when she started talking about releasing her 5th novel I immediately emailed her for a signed pre-order copy. Although I have only talked to Samantha through social media, I can tell how genuine of a person she is. Writing is her passion and it definitely shined through in Defining Her. This story transported me to a situation that felt extremely similar. The characters in this novel were eloquently created and their growth throughout the story was portrayed in the best way possible. There were times when I found myself loathing each character because of the decisions they made, but that just made the story so much more enjoyable. I connected with them on a level that was raw and human. It revealed that pain that all humans go through when they make life changing errors. But it was the characters' realization of their mistakes that really captured my heart. As long as we learn, we can grow. Samantha did an excellent job conveying the struggles that everyone goes through and her story's ending left me with a fuzzy feeling. I highly recommend this read, especially to women!
Author's Description: "Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty. Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne. Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you won’t see coming. This novel contains adult content, graphic language and disturbing situations."