Monday, April 8, 2013

Talania - A trip down memory lane by Crystal Spears ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


What happens when you literally get a second chance at love?

Evelyn Beaumont can't remember anything from the time she was 14 until she was 19. She lost five years of her life because of brain cancer. Now she is a 20 years old survivor and enrolled in college, determined to reclaim her life. There she meets Tristan Monroe, but it isn't the first time they’ve met. In fact, Tristan and Evelyn were once in love. It was a love so strong that it shattered him when, after the three years they had spent together, she never came back to Laguna.

Evelyn wants nothing more than to have her memories back. With the help of Tristan and his brother Drake, they take Evelyn on an emotional journey filled with videos, photos, and memorabilia...a walk down memory lane.

While they stroll down memory lane, Evelyn must learn to deal with Tristan's rock star fame and the ever-present groupies. She struggles to find herself and to learn to love again.

Is their love strong enough to overcome the memory loss? Is it strong enough to survive whatever comes their way? Will all the proof Tristan shares with her be enough to show her how deeply they loved each other? Will love find Evelyn once again?



This is one of those reviews where you don't even know what to start with, I am still emotionally drained from this absolutely beautiful heart wrenching love story. Crystal D. Spears brought so much love and laughter into this very heart warming story about a young girl Evelyn who battles brain cancer in her teens. During remission, she decides to begin to enjoy her life since she spent many years battling the cancer. The story begins during Evelyn's remission from the brain cancer. She has just started college, met her new roommate and of course Tristian. Then the story of 'Evelyn and Tristian' begins with 'A Trip Down Memory Lane'. Enough said.....I don't want to reveal any more of the story. I like to keep my review about the contents without giving away important parts.

The author writes the book in the present but takes us 'Down Memory Lane' by sharing parts about Evelyn and Tristian's past. Crystal Spears did such an awesome job by intertwining Evelyn's past and present. The only reason this book did not get 5 stars from me is because I felt that so much of the story was rushed through. There was so much more potential to this story......I felt the author was skimming through really important parts. Again, this is just my opinion but I want to live and breathe the characters lives and in this story we only got to see a small part. This did not take away from the story in any way though, it was just me wanting more.

Definitely a book that is worth reading and I highly recommend this as a "MUST READ for 2013". Don't forget your box of tissues, because you will most certainly need them!

Congrats Crystal Spears on a Wonderful Job!

*Review by Kim, Guest Reviewer for S&S*

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About this Author

Crystal resides in Indiana with her family, her dog Dozer and two fancy rats. She enjoys the outdoors and in the summer you will rarely catch her at home. Her other passions aside from writing are singing, dancing and photography. She is a retired blogger and professional book reviewer.
She began writing at an early age, short stories and poems for school. It wasn't until she was around nineteen did she venture more into the writing world. While writing Talania she discovered the depth she could achieve if she just kept on going. So... she did and now she is developing the beautiful story Underneath the Willow Tree.

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  1. I can't wait to read this. I've heard and read some great reviews. Thanks for your review!

  2. thanks for this giveaway

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. Can't wait to read Talania-at rip down memory lane

  4. This sounds like a very moving story. I can tell it was definitely an emotional experience for you! ;) Thanks for sharing your review. I've added it to my TBR.

  5. Thank you so much for the chance! This book sounds soooooo good! AND it's told from alternating POVs, which I seriously love!! It's actually hard for me, lately, to read books that DON'T include the hero and heroines POV. In any case, this sounds like SUCH a good read. I can't wait to read it! (:

  6. Sounds like such a unique story and great review to boot... I am definitely adding this one to my wishlist!

  7. Can't wait to read this! Thank you for the chance!

  8. Thanks for the chance to win!! In my TBR

  9. I typically avoid books that deal with cancer because I've had family members and friends suffer from cancer,but this book seems different. I think I'll be able to enjoy it without reliving the pain and hearth ache from my experiences with cancer. It looks like a beautiful story and I can't wait to read it.