Saturday, 5 September 2015

Review: Waiting For Ethan by Diane Barnes

When Gina Rossi was in junior high, her best friend’s psychic grandmother got everything right—from predicting that Gina would break her arm and travel to Italy, all the way to leading police to a missing neighborhood child. The one time Gina didn’t listen to her, she almost got herself killed. So when she says that Gina will marry a man named Ethan—but she will have to wait for him—Gina believes her, and waits…

Now thirty-six, Gina’s Mr. Right is nowhere in sight—until the day she’s stranded in a snowstorm, and rescued by the last type of Ethan she expected. It’s very romantic, yet surprisingly not. This Ethan is sexy, and clearly her hero. Still, instead of her “Aha” moment, Gina’s confused. And when Ethan is happy to discover she’s single, does Gina dare tell him, It’s because I've been waiting for you? But the bigger question is, does she dare question destiny—by taking it into her own hands? And is she brave enough to handle what happens once it’s time to stop waiting—and start living?

ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Lyrical Shine
Terri's thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is September 15, 2015.

This story really made me think.  Imagine someone who had been proven to have the ability to see the future advises you the name of who you will marry or some future fact about yourself.  The question how much this piece of information will influence your decisions going forward.  Is it destiny or are the you just making all decisions based on this piece of information.  It shows how much the mind can be influenced.  This all plays out in this story

Gina waits for so long to meet her Ethan.  When she finally does he is not what she imagined.  How much had she let pass her by why waiting for him?  Would she accept him as he is if he went by any other name?  I really did not like Ethan for multiple reason which can only be disclosed by reading the story.  I can also see Gina's predicament as she was waiting for her prediction to come true.

There are so many directions this story could have went and I am pleased with the path it took.  This is evident by the way it made me think.  The story flowed well and the writing style was easy to follow.  I am lucky to have had the opportunity to preview this work.

About the Author

Though she always dreamed about being the shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, Diane Barnes is a marketing writer in Massachusetts. She participates in two monthly writing groups and regularly attends novel writing workshops in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts. She started “Waiting for Ethan” as a challenge to participate in National Novel Writing Month. The original story was about a character who dated a string of freshly divorced men who all had issues with their ex-wives. She won’t say if it was autobiographical.
In 2012, Diane was one of eight writers who attended the Boston Writers’ Studio, an exclusive four-day intense writing workshop taught by bestselling author Elizabeth Berg. Diane says having her idol read her work was a moment she’ll never forget.
When not crafting novels, Diane spends her time playing tennis, going to the beach or watching her beloved Red Sox. She completed her first half marathon last year (to combat her love of chocolate) and lives in central Massachusetts with her husband Steve; they often fantasize about moving to Turks and Caicos – for the winter months at least.

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