Review + Giveaway: Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

Marie Landry, Author
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A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother – studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing – and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn’t have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn’t know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn’t helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it’s time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she’s stepped back in time.

When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes – he’s unlike anyone she’s ever met before, the kind of man she didn’t even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don’t always need a plan – sometimes life steers you where you’re meant to be.

Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it’s time for her to help Nicholas the way he’s helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.

Even if you don’t classify yourself as a mood reader, at times we all have those days in which we need something specific. In the past few weeks, I’ve needed distracting. Preferably a happy little love story or something that is going to make me sob hysterically. I agreed to review Blue Sky Days before I hit that patch, but it came up on my reading schedule just in time.

I have to admit though, nothing really was holding my attention. I kept reading books on my schedule and my mind kind of faltered. I was a bit skeptical when I started reading Blue Sky Days. Then it hooked me from page one. Emma’s family life is heartbreaking, she works herself obsessedly to please someone who obviously cannot be pleased. Blue Sky Days starts at the point where Emma is finally living for herself. Despite her harsh upbringing, she never comes across as whiny. Bonus points, right there!

Daisy is such a carefree, yet much needed role model. She’s a bit out-there and artistic, but she’s such a fun character. I found myself wanting my own Nicholas. He is one of the most perfect book boys written. He’s charming in an old world sort of way without ever feeling fake.

Blue Sky Days reads much like one of Lurlene McDaniel’s books, for those who’ve ever explored her writing. While it isn’t the world’s greatest novel it is perfect for someone looking to cry or distract themselves a bit from their own issues. It’s plenty predictable, but in an enjoyable sort of way. If you are a big baby like I am, be sure to have tissues near by!

I received Blue Sky Days from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Want to win an e-copy of Blue Sky Days? One lucky comment will be eligible for a copy!
You have until 2-18 at 12:01AM CST!
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Winner: May

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! Have a wonderful day! :)

    Elizabeth L.

  2. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Amanda, and for being part of the tour! Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway! :-)

  3. Thilde Koll Espensen says:

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  4. alipeli says:

    Thanks for the giveawy. The review is amazing as always :)

  5. alicia marie says:

    thanks for the giveaway : )

  6. Faye says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

  7. Bext says:

    Ohh, I like the sound of this one. But I’d probably have to be sure to have tissues with me as well. *nods* I cry too easily when it comes to books… YAY on the giveaway.

    (PSSSSSST… I’m totally commenting in FeedDemon *pets*)

  8. Cathy says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. Leah says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  11. May Abraham says:

    This book looks really good. There have been quite a few books with characters that have cancer and I always love to read them. The stories are always so inspirational and beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  12. Diana says:

    Great story! Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. Yvonne Leacy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I really like the sound of this book.

  14. Thx for the giveaway. Sounds lke a good read.

  15. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!:D

  16. Wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much!!!

  17. Linda says:

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks.

  18. Samjamrose says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!! :)

  19. Journeysof TheZoo says:

    I love to read (when my kids let me)! Thanks for the chance!

  20. Micia says:

    Thanks, I want to read this beautiful book

  21. deanna_boocock says:

    I would love to read this. Sound like a great read.

  22. WOW thanks for this awesome giveaway! This books looks absolutely fabulous!

  23. Thanks for the giveaway – this book is on my TBR list!

  24. Preet says:

    I’ve seen this around and am intrigued. I feel like I’d also like this book guy.*crosses fingers*


  25. this sounds really good and interesting. Thanks for the giveaway I look forward to reading this book.

  26. Na says:

    Emma sounds like a character I can relate to :)

  27. I have been looking for a novel just like this. The first book I cried while reading was A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks and this book looks like it will have me crying too. Thank you for choosing to review this book because now I have another book to add to by To Be Read list.

    Michelle (O’BoyledBooks)

    • Amanda says:

      It did make me cry! Not nearly as much as A Walk To Remember though. Can you imagine what it must be like inside of Sparks’ head?

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