REVIEW – IN HARMONY by Emma Scott

SYNOPSIS

The root of all madness is an unbearable truth…

At seventeen, Willow Holloway’s life was torn apart. The happy, driven girl is gone, and she is left wracked by post-traumatic stress her body remembers even if she does not. When her father suddenly uproots the family from their posh penthouse in New York City to the tiny town of Harmony, Indiana, Willow becomes more untethered and lost under the weight of her secret. On a whim, she auditions for a part in the community theater’s production of Hamlet and unexpectedly wins the role of Ophelia—the girl who is undone by madness, and her love of Hamlet…

Isaac Pierce is from the ‘wrong side of the tracks.’ The town bad boy. Girls pine for his attention and guys are in awe of him. That he’s an acting prodigy only adds to his charisma. Isaac utterly disappears into his characters; the stage is the only place he feels safe from his own traumatic home life. He wants nothing more than to escape to Broadway or Hollywood, and leave Harmony behind for good.

No one can play Hamlet but Isaac, and when the director pairs him with Willow in acting class, they clash again and again—neither willing to open their hearts to anyone. But clashing leads to breaking, breaking leads to the spilling of terrible secrets, and soon Isaac and Willow find Shakespeare’s words mirroring their lives. When they are cruelly torn apart, neither know how this play will end—with madness and heartache? Or healing, love, and the discovery of who they are truly meant to be.

In Harmony is a standalone NEW ADULT love story, and is intended for readers 18 and up. PLEASE NOTE, this book contains sensitive material such as physical abuse, and the aftermath of sexual assault (off the page). Reader discretion is advised.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I wanted to wake her up from this nightmare. Grab her and take her far away. Get in my truck and start driving. Shift into a parallel gear, put it in overdrive and take us out of this world, into some magical fucking place called This Never Happened.

 

 

Emma Scott has once again written another captivating story that left me breathless and undoubtedly proves what a truly gifted author she is. It’s the reason why so many of us drop whatever we’re doing to get to her latest books. The characters in this story are beautiful and haunting in the despair that engulfs them in their day to day lives. My heart ached for Willow and Isaac. I found it hard to put this book down because I was dying for them to reach that ”until” that would lead them out of the darkness and into the light.

Willow Holloway has recently moved from New York City to Harmony, Indiana, with her parents. For most High School seniors, it would be the end of the world to be uprooted right during the middle of the school year, but Willow sees this as her opportunity for a fresh start. There are skeletons from her past that she desperately wants to escape from. Willow was once the popular girl in school. She was a cheerleader, had many friends, and went to parties but then life dealt her a harsh blow. The once vibrant and outgoing girl, became a loner and the light inside her dimmed considerably. Willow keeps her pain hidden and it’s not until she goes to a play at the local theater that she sees a way to help release what she has kept bottled up for over a year.

 

 

 

Isaac Pearce was born and raised in Harmony. There was a time he led a normal happy life, but tragedy struck him at the tender age of eight and his life turned to emptiness and despair. He’s got a reputation for being the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, but that’s what happens when people with small minds are quick to make judgments without knowing all the facts. The one thing Isaac has is his acting and he is BRILLIANT at it. He gets the lead in every play because his talent is awe-inspiring. Willow was intrigued by him when they first met in English class but seeing him up on stage had her mesmerized. These two instantly saw a kindred spirit in each other. It was easy for Willow to figure out that Isaac used acting to escape the horrors of his life and it inspired her to follow in his footsteps.

When they both earn the leading roles in ”Hamlet” the walls that both Isaac and Willow put up to keep anyone from getting too close, come falling down. Isaac finds a sense of peace when he is with Willow. For the first time, he’s comfortable in his own skin and not ashamed to be himself. Willow seeks out any opportunity to be with Isaac. She feels safe whenever Isaac is with her and she’s even starting to develop other feelings that Willow thought she would never be capable of again.

Isaac and Willow have found happiness in each other but it’s also bittersweet. While Willow has found a home in Harmony, Isaac is determined to leave. He needs to break free of the shackles that have bound him to that town. He has planned for a long time to become a successful actor in Hollywood so that he can make enough money to help the people he loves most and now he’s found the one person who makes him want to give up his dreams and stay in a town he’s hated almost his entire life.

When Hollywood comes to Harmony and offers Isaac his dream, will he take it and leave Willow behind? Can Willow let Isaac give up his dreams to be with her?

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5
Angst: 4.5
Steam: 4.5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

IN HARMONY is currently available! This is a MUST READ!!

 

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2GcgVJp
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*****Dee’s Review*****

FIVE STARS ******

In Harmony is captivating and heartbreaking from beginning to end. A tale that will leave an everlasting impression in your heart, and will give hope, and perhaps even a voice to those who have lost theirs.

Emma Scott writes from the heart, which is why her stories are designed to reach deep within our souls. Her characters are always so beautiful and memorable to me. This book is definitely a must-read.

 

 

Willow used to be the happy, popular girl that had it all. All the guys wanted to be with her and all the girls wanted to be her. Her life in New York City was all fun and fabulous. On her last year of high school, her future seemed very bright, until one horrible night made her light completely vanish. Broken and lost, Willow can’t sleep in her own bed anymore or even look at herself in the mirror.

Since Willow feels like a dead body walking amongst the living, when her parents tell her that they have to move to a new town in the middle of her senior year, she simply can’t find it in herself to care.

They move to the town of Harmony. A beautiful place with lots of beautiful and big, green trees, fresh air and with lots of charm.

On her first day of school, Willow meets the town’s bad boy. A gorgeous guy who intimidates everyone around him, except Willow. She can’t stop looking at his unique and beautiful eyes, without having an intense feeling of…hope.

Isaac Pearce is counting down the days until he leaves Harmony behind. A town that has given him nothing but pain, and terrible memories. Isaac’s finds respite from all the ugly in his life inside the local theater. On the stage, with bright lights shining on him, Isaac can finally escape his own life and be whoever he could be.

Isaac and Willow feel drawn to one another since the very first time they meet. A feeling of familiarity, then a fierce friendship, and last, a powerful love that will save them both from their dark, and lonely, sleepless nights.

The beauty of this story was that it is packed with so much hope. Harmony was the place Isaac was trying to lose, and Willow trying to find. Both these characters where inside a maze, and inside of all that chaos they found each other, and ultimately the courage to finally leave all the sorrow behind and move on together into a better future.

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