Saturday, August 29, 2015

120 Days by M Stratton **Release**

120 Days Bannerebook cover (1) Synopsis
120 days... The average number of days someone stays at Last Resort.
17 weeks. Surrounded by love, laughter and support.
4 months more time than they had before they walked through the door.
Real estate developer Ethan McGregor’s life was changed forever when his younger brother told him he was dying of cancer. Ethan was ready to do whatever it took to save Evan, but Evan had other plans.
Say goodbye…
Samantha Truman runs the privately-funded Last Resort. Watching her parent’s drive and determination to live longer than the doctors gave them was the inspiration for the resort. It is her heart and soul--she lives to make sure that each day is precious, and one more sunrise or sunset can make all the difference the guests at Last Resort need.
After finding his brother’s journal, and discovering more about Last Resort, Ethan is determined to find out if this place is one of those “too good to be true” places that turn out to be a scam. But he was not ready for Samantha Truman, he was not ready for everything to change, for his point of view in life to be so incredibly altered, for the world to turn its axis. There are, after all, some things Ethan can’t control, who to fall in love with is one of them.
How much can change in 120 days?

Gifted for an honest review – 4 stars
M Stratton brings us the tale of Ethan and Samantha in a highly emotional story which revolves around cancer. Yes, that ugly thing that touches 1 in 3 people. Right off the bat you know that this is going to pull you in all kinds of directions but in particular - the way to the tissues. There are so many instances throughout this story that catch you a little off guard and have those tears springing to your eyes. Due to the nature of the Resort that is the focal point to this book, the reader is regaled with many a tale of people’s lives and how they lived it, and subsequently how they see fit to spend their last days. Ethan’s brother was a resident, and Ethan struggles to deal with it emotionally, looking for another angle to the resort and the woman that owns/runs it.
It doesn’t take long for him to become enamoured with Samantha and the reader slowly watches Ethan’s life do a tail spin. Everything he thought he knew about living his life, he begins to question. The man grows on you, from being emotionally closed off to flourishing and basking in Samantha’s unselfish light. I loved the brother connection; it was as if Ethan got to know him all over again even though he had died. Going to the resort is a life changing event for both Ethan and Samantha. Excellent character development all round, with such a myriad of amazing people that make up the resort. 
I’m not one for enjoying an ugly cry book for the most part, I find they pull my mood down but that wasn’t so much the case here. The way that M Stratton wrote the story gave it a kind of light. The emotion is all there if you find this kind of read your thing, it should definitely be on the ugly cry list. The personal connection with the author and the story is something that has appeal; I guess I always know I’m getting a good read when a book comes totally and utterly from the heart. And this one most certainly did. Definitely recommended….but please keep those tissues handy x





Each and every one of the songs on this playlist mean a lot to this book, but these four songs I would listen to more than others while writing. Sometimes on a loop for hours at a time depending on what I was writing. The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert
Heron Blue by Sun Kil Moon
Bloodstream by Stateless
Long & Lost by Florence + the Machine
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AMAZON * AMAZON UK About the author M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her Storm Series and Bender. She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

Stratton is a self-proclaimed dork who loves to make people laugh. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd, but she quiet and shy on the outside. She spends her days plotting new ways to surprise her readers.
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