Friday, May 8, 2015

#EXCERPT and #GIVEAWAY: Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace by Becky Monson

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PrintIf there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup. Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her friends, not her grandmother, not even the fact that Adam is now engaged to Serene after a whirlwind romance. Focused on her plan to win Adam back, Bridgette isn’t expecting Ian—her college best friend, her love, her big regret—to come back into her life. They sink back into their comfortable friendship as if no time has passed at all, making Bridgette start to question her feelings for Adam. But Ian has a few secrets of his own . . . secrets that could shatter their friendship once and for all. Bridgette has to make some major decisions—should she speak now? Or forever hold her peace?

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“Oh! Speaking of Ian,” I interrupt, remembering I haven’t told Gram about seeing Ian last night.
“Sorry to cut you off, but you’re never going to believe who I ran into last night,” I smile, thinking about seeing those beautiful, green eyes again.
“Well, don’t leave me wondering. Who?”
“Ian Davies! Remember from college?”
“Well, isn’t that interesting,” she says, cocking her head thoughtfully to the side.
“You don’t have a clue who I’m talking about, do you Gram,” I know the look on her face well.
“I think I just need a little reminder. The mind isn’t so stable these days.” She taps the side of her head with her index finger.
I guess I shouldn’t find it incredibly disconcerting that she doesn’t remember. She only met him once or twice. Although, all I talked about for the first year I lived with her was Ian. But then Adam came along, and he’s pretty much all I was able to talk about after that. Poor Gram. Who wouldn’t want to repress all this boy crap I spew? I need to work on finding other things to discuss besides men. But not now.
“Ian was the guy who was my best friend in college.” I look to see if her memory has been jogged. Apparently not sufficiently.
“Remember, we were friends freshman through junior year, and then it turned into something more when we were seniors? I brought him to Goshen a few times.”
“Okay, yes, yes I do remember now. Handsome fellow, with the green eyes.” Her face lights up as she remembers. I think as you get older, your mind starts to pick and choose what information can stay in and what needs to go to make room for more. For her, Ian was just a blip in my life, a memory that could be easily replaced. For me, Ian is one of those people who will be burned in my brain forever. Just like Adam. You never forget the people you love. Especially the ones you give your heart to.

About the author:
Becky Author PictureBy day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.  

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