Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Dirt Queen, by Nora Blake

Dirt Queen by Nora Blake is now live!

I love you. Always.

Sarah–We hadn’t spoken in years, and more often than not, he was on my mind. When I moved back to town he reached out. I stalked him enough times on Facebook to know he had a wife and two kids. I didn’t want to get my hopes up, but the pull I felt inside couldn’t be ignored. 

Aaron–She was back. I thought I’d never see her again, but there she was. Within my reach. She agreed to meet up at the dirt track when I sent her a message. What would she think of me being a dad? Did she even know?

The unspoken feelings she tried to leave in the past forced her to  keep him at arm’s length.  He was in the middle of a divorce and had two boys they both needed to consider. He was all in but she was questioning everything.

But sometimes…you have to follow your heart and let yourself fall–no matter how things might end. It’d be worth it. Always.

This book is based on a true story.

Photographer: Courtney Hartness Photography

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Dirt Queen is the debut novel by Nora Blake and I was blown away. Make sure you have tissues ready, because this is not your typical second-chance romance! I was not expecting Aaron and Sarah’s story to end the way that it did, and discovering in the dedication at the end of the book that it is based on a true story broke my heart all over again!

It’s been 11 years since best friends Sarah and Aaron lost touch. She moved away when they were teenagers, and while they were both in love with the other, neither one of them ever confessed how they felt. As time went on and they drifted apart, Aaron got married and had two kids, but Sarah was always the one his heart beats for. Now, she’s moved back to their small town and they reconnect on Facebook and strike up their friendship again.

It’s not long before they finally FINALLY confess that they loved each other long ago and still feel the same way, and Aaron and Sarah fall into an easy routine of going from reconnecting after years apart to being best friends again, to being a real couple. They pick up where they left off, and then some, both of them wishing that they hadn’t wasted so much time being apart.

And that’s the kicker, because this book takes a turn that I wasn’t expecting and it makes you realize that you need to seize the day, not hold back, and appreciate what you have. I was sobbing by the time I got to the last 80% or so of this book. Big, fat, ugly tears. This story didn’t end the way I thought it would based on the blurb and the fact that it was a second-chance romance. But it was raw and gritty and someone’s actual love tale, and that made it feel all too real. True love is always worth the risk!

Take a chance on this new author. You won’t be disappointed!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Nora Blake

Nora Blake is a lover of nature and getting lost in her made-up worlds. When she isn’t writing or spending time with her amazing family, she is horseback riding or reading. She has a passion for literature and her goal is to promote the importance of reading while engaging readers in her stories. Her debut novel, Dirt Queen, is set to release in May and is based on a true story.

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