M.E. Montgomery has been an avid reader her entire life, and her Amazon account will attest to that fact! Recently, several voices began telling their own stories in her head. After being assured she wasn’t crazy and this was the sign of an emerging novel, she decided to put her fingers to work and started typing, and with lots of encouragement, decided to share Alex, Kayla, and Aiden’s dramatic and heartwarming tale.
Her family considers her adept in most subjects, to include science, history, reading, spelling, and all mathematical studies, which loosely means she is the homework queen to her four school aged children. Fortunately, her biology and elementary school teaching background help her to keep up the expert façade, at least for now.
Although born and raised in the Washington DC metro area, she has considered many places to be called home since she left to attend college in North Carolina. She is a proud Navy wife, setting up hearth and home wherever in the world the Navy sends her husband. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves to go camping with her family, drinking wine on the deck, and romantic getaways when her husband’s work permits.
TITLE: True North
AUTHOR: M.E. Montgomery
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2014
EDITOR: BJS Editing
COVER DESIGN: Cover to Cover Design
WORD LENGTH: 104+K words
CONTENT WARNING: Sexual Content and Violence
Alex and Kayla have found in each other what they need to move moved beyond the tragedies of their pasts and are ready to embrace their future together. But the problem with the past is it doesn’t always agree to be left behind, and sometimes it follows, unwilling to let go.
Now everything they thought they knew to be true is suddenly turned up on end. Collisions between the past and the present challenge their happiness, and hiding in the shadows lurk more obstacles that threaten their future.Alex and Kayla are determined not to let these twists and turns destroy their happiness. But is love enough? What happens when lies, uncertainty, and deception entangle with their plans? Will determination be enough when faced with disaster?
Plotting a course is easy; finding your True North and staying the course presents a greater challenge.
Review by Ramona
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
North Star is a debut novel and M.E. Montgomery is a new author? I'm not sure I got that right. The way this is written, it is just, simply, honestly, beautiful.
Life isn't totally happy. Death is inevitable and causes a lot of pain for those who are left behind. However, getting over that death (very different from dealing with loss) is, in a way, helping and healing others who've been affected by that same kind of pain. This is what Mikayla and Alex share - the loss of people they love - and what brought them together.
Kayla has been hurt more times that she cares to remember. Apart from a recent devastating loss, she also seems to be a total loser in the love department with boyfriend after boyfriend putting her down until she completely loses confidence in herself. While she isn't bitter, in fact it's made her more understanding and compassionate, she is very insecure when it comes to men showing any interest in her. So it's quite natural when she's unsure of what Alex finds interesting in her.
Alex is one of those men who have had a charmed life; that is, until the day he lost his twin sister and best friend. The only glimmer of light he had left was their son, Aiden. Alex dedicates himself to becoming a substitute father for his nephew despite the overwhelming pain he himself carries. But, just seeing happiness on the little boy's face makes all his sacrifice worth it.
Alex and Kayla are drawn together, and their friends notice it, too. With encouragement from both sides, they slowly piece a relationship together with Aiden at the center. While they can and do heal each other, a part of Aiden's past tries to blow them apart. Are they both stronger now that they can build their family despite the pressures?
These characters are so real, they tug at your heart and pull you into the book. I hurt for Kayla and her insecurities, some of them more familiar than I wanted to admit. Alex is such a generous soul, completely giving and selfless, thinking of everyone before himself. And Aiden! He is such a beautiful boy full of joy and laughter. You hope they work together as the family they should be.
There are so many unexpected twists to this story that don't stop until the very cliffhanger ending. I know it's the first part of a series but could there be a less tension-filled non-conclusion than that? There were more questions raised than answered in the last two chapters which makes it a perfect hook for True North, the next installment. And maybe there will be something about Tyler and Jen? Please?