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The world thinks that pop superstar Kiara Anderson has it all, but she spends her nights drinking away memories of her childhood and life as a teen runaway.
The Jacobs family are desperate to see the girl next door again and discover why she ran away, especially their son Shane, who blames himself for her disappearance.
When Kiara’s manager forces her into a reveal-all TV interview she knows the family she loved more than her own will finally discover the truth.
Can she overcome her demons or will the shadows of the past rob her of fame, fortune, and a chance to finally fall in love?
I have to say this book wasn’t really what I was expecting – it was so much more. I loved the romance element but this isn’t your everyday romance novel. The back story to Kiara is much heartbreaking and real. Let’s face it – we all know a child like Kiara and if we say we don’t, we need to open our eyes.
Kiara is a famous singer in a very famous band and on the surface she has it all. As she takes part in a TV interview she knows her secrets will be revealed and this is how the story of Kiara’s child hood and rise to fame is told.
For me the romance plot is a lovely sub plot but the main theme of this novel is the survival and growth of a neglected child and the amazing people who showed kindness in her time of greatest need. It’s a shout out of solidarity to all those people whose childhoods may have been similar with an acknowledgement that it isn’t always easy but better times and opportunities are out there. It’s also a big thank you to any carer, professional who have stood by someone when nobody else would. What really comes through is that the author seems to have experience or has really done her research and this is not just something that is paid a fleeting lip service too.
Please don’t be put of by the heavy subject matter. As a work of fiction it is heartwarming overall and has wonderful characters. It’s a brilliant plot with depth and thought provoking narrative.
Author Bio – Helen Buckley
Helen has spent over thirteen years working and volunteering for charities in the UK and abroad, including four years in Honduras. She currently works as a charity communications manager and lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and son.