Welcome to my stop today on the blog tour for On Solid Ground by Michelle Kemper Brownlow hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. I’m delighted to share my love of this book with you, believe me it’s fantastic. When I realised I forgot to sign up for the tour, I begged Michelle and Giselle to make room for me! Yes, I’m not proud but I’m so glad I did as I felt so much while reading this book. If you want to check out other stops on tour, click the tour banner above.
My first reaction – Loved, loved, loved. This book broke my heart and made me dig deep within myself to confront some personal truths which made it a very intense, emotional read.On Solid Ground by Michelle Kemper Brownlow
Series: In Too Deep #2
Published by self published on 3 Dec 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Blog Tour
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Gracie survived an emotionally abusive relationship that wrecked her. Her ex, Noah, systematically chipped away at her self-esteem through intimidation, humiliation and infidelity which left Gracie unable to trust her own perception of his intentions.But after falling head over heels for Jake, her best friend and the man who stood by her through it all, she is ready to experience life in the way it was meant to be lived. However, Gracie may find it impossible to simultaneously heal from the trauma of abuse while navigating a relationship with Jake. Can she put her heart on hold in order to heal her soul?The sequel to the five-star debut novel, In Too Deep, chronicles Gracie’s steps toward healing as she falls deeper in love, reaches out for help, stands on her own, steps out of her comfort zone, faces her biggest fears, and reconnects with a sensual, talented soul from her past all in hopes of finding herself on solid ground.
First Line of On Solid Ground:
“Gracie, please” Noah Foster stood unwelcome in the doorway of my apartment.”
My Thoughts on On Solid Ground:
That first line was enough to scare me, surely Gracie wasn’t going to fall back under Noah’s spell. That would have been too much for me and I would have had to resort to banging my head off the ground. Thankfully for my head that wasn’t the case. We find Gracie trying hard to get on with life, totally in love with Jake but still fragile and broken.
My one criticism with In Too Deep was that Jake was just too convenient. I mean I loved him but I felt it would have been more empowering if Gracie saved herself. In this book we see Gracie do just that. And I loved it. It shows just how hard it is to claw your way back from hard times and how much work you need to do. It also shows that your happiness comes from you alone and that as much joy as others can bring to your life, if you are not at peace within your own head nothing can make you fully happy.
The process of seeing a counsellor was described so well that I feel like the book came with a free counselling session. Hand on heart, this book moved me on a personal level. Thankfully I’ve never experienced abuse but I have been going through a bit of a crisis within my own life. People often say to me how great I’m doing and how well I’m coping with what was thrown at me and I pride myself on keeping going every day with a smile on my face. But these lines sent me crashing to the ground.
“Crying doesn’t make you weak. It’s the strong people who are brave enough to let it all out. Those who keep from crying aren’t capable of processing what is going in inside their minds and hearts, so they don’t let themselves feel the depth of their pain”.
Those words opened my eyes and made me realise that I use avoidance tactics to avoid dealing with reality and pain. This book made me think so much and watching Gracie recover and claw her way back to being a free spirit has given me endless hope.
Gracie and Jake are such a fantastic couple and I love that they will do anything for each other and for their relationship. No matter how difficult and emotional the decisions they make are, they are thinking long term and not just about having a good time today. But they manage that as well and they are perfect together both physically, emotionally and spiritually. A bit of me does think Jake is too good to be true but that’s part of the fun of book boyfriends!
The supporting cast are great also and I’m excited to see that the next book will feature Becki and Calon. Becki is like an over excited puppy and is fun to be around and Calon is a rock God. So yes, I’m looking forward to that! And speaking of rock, or music, all the music references are another reason to love the book. They add another dimension to the story and listening to the soundtrack on spotify is highly recommended.
Overall, this is a book to make you feel. It made me laugh, cry, want to sing, want to dance and to go kiss my husband as I’m so glad I have him in my life to help me through my own struggles. It is an emotional black hole but one I’m glad I sank in to!
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Who should read On Solid Ground?
If you enjoy NA books with intense, emotional storylines with a power to heal then I’d highly recommend this one to you.