Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Laura Lexington - The Storm

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Stacey

Jana Cook was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but her fierce determination leads to a successful career in medical device sales. Toss in five-star meals, fabulous sex with her nearly perfect husband, Andrew, and a gorgeous new house … and Jana’s life is picture perfect before she hits the big 3-0. What more can a girl want? Overnight, her life begins to unravel. When Jana discovers she is pregnant, she dives from hero to zero in the eyes of Covington Company. Despite a resume most would kill for, Jana finds herself unemployed and devastated. Challenging her employer could change her life … if she wins. Does she have the strength to handle the gossip and face the likely reality of being blackballed from her industry? As Jana struggles to make the right choice, her vivacious best friend, Grace, is convinced her own heartthrob husband, Gavin, is hiding something. Despite Jana’s best efforts to convince her that she is wrong, Grace’s mental illness overpowers reality. Jana was a superstar in scrubs, but navigating first time motherhood is real work … especially in the midst of secrets, lies, and unthinkable tragedy. She makes her decision. And while Andrew promises to never let her fall, will love be enough to spark the bravery she needs to survive the storm that threatens to overcome her?

When I was offered the chance to read 'The Storm' I was immediately intrigued by the cover (a baby bump always sucks me in) and then I was even more intrigued by the blurb. The main character in this book is Jana Cook, a nearly 30 year old who is at the top of her career. She has a fantastic job as medical device rep, she has just moved back to home town with her husband Andrew, and she is back again with her best friend Grace and her husband Gavin. When she falls pregnant, Jana begins to encounter gender discrimination because of her pregnancy, and then she finds herself dismissed from her role completely. She finds herself fighting against three of her ex colleagues and decides to sue Covington Company - for Jana, this will be the beginning of one of the worst storms of her life.

Alongside this drama in Jana's life, Grace falls pregnant not long after Jana and they both welcome two baby girls into their lives. Grace though, suffers from a mental illness and also thinks her husband Gavin is hiding a huge secret from her. She makes a decision which leads to devastating consequences and heartache for everybody. Jana needs to find the strength to fight through her case, what is happening with Grace, and the throes of being a new Mum which we know is tough in itself. 

I connected with Jana right from the beginning, she was really likable - and Grace too. The story just flowed; even though there were a few things going on in the book, they slotted together well and didn't feel like I was reading different books for each situation.

Can Jana, with the help of Andrew, fight through the storm and come out shining the other side? Well, you'll have to read and find out...

"Nothing stays the same except change, Jana." Mama stroked my hair as I cried softly. "When things are good, treasure life. When things are bad, hold on ... change is on its way."


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Get your copy of The Storm here (UK) or here (US).

I was given a copy of this book to review, but all thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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