Saturday, March 7, 2020

MF - Life Happens on the Stairs by Amy J. Markstahler

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Life Happens on the Stairs
And there's no running when it's your turn...

1st place - The Maggie Award, Young Adult, Georgia Romance Writers, 2019
Solo Medalist Winner: Young Adult, 2019 New Apple Awards
Finalist - 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards, Young Adult and First Novel
Winner of the 2018 Breakthrough Novel Awards
3rd Place, Young Adult Romance - 2016 Linda Howard Award of Excellence

"The story is well-written and edited to excellence, and will breeze almost magically, into your heart and soul."

"So beautifully written, this book takes you there, you feel, you laugh, you cry sad tears, you cry happy tears, and in the end it makes you reflect that life really does happen on the stairs!"

"A wonderful story - great characters and a nail-biting will they/won't they relationship."

Elsie Richardson’s world crumbles when her dad drops from a seizure at the 4th of July festival. The reality that his brain tumor is back with a vengeance, slams the 17-year-old aspiring artist and her family into intense hardship. When her mom needs help to make ends meet it forces Elsie into adulting overnight. On top of that, Elsie’s caustic, grudge-holding brother is on his way home and she fears he will only make matters worse.

Feeling alone and hopeless, Elsie does as she’s told and goes to work with her mom. That’s when she meets Tyler again. He's the grandson of her mom's wealthiest client and he hasn't stopped thinking about her since he first saw her at the festival when her dad was rushed to the hospital.

After he invites her to go jogging at the historical Shiloh National Military Park, Elsie is warned by her mom to stay away from the wealthy young man. Elsie gets the notice a bit too late, and so she lies about who she’s meeting each morning.

Over the next few weeks, Tyler becomes her secret solace amid the uncertainty she’s facing. But when reality strikes and her private world crashes, she's forced to find her inner strength.

Amy J. Markstahler's Life Happens on the Stairs will touch your heart in many ways. It's a hopeful story that reminds us of the miracle of love and family, and the possibility of second chances.

If you enjoy realistic fiction with a love story that will give you all the feels, this multi-award winning debut novel is a must read.

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My Rating - 5 Stars!

Life Happens on the Stairs is an impressive, complex young adult story by Amy J Markstahler. 

Elsie's life is not going well. Her father is dying, her brother is on the outs with her family, and her mother is forcing her to work. Making things more complex, she ends up falling for the grandson of her employer. But in this forbidden romance, Tyler is relentless in his pursuit of Elsie. 

This is a story of love between two opposites, in experiences and status. And it's a wonderful exploration that money does not equal happiness. It's a story that includes an attack and scars. There are crazy family members, family issues, and a whole lot of complications. 

The writing is fabulous, the characters lovable, and the storyline riveting. The author excels in the telling of this romance that revolves around merging two different worlds. The author masters creating a villian that is vile, adding immensely to the tension and angst.

Life Happens on the Stairs is a stellar read. Just read it when you're looking for a meaningful coming of age novel. And when you learn the meaning of the title, you will be impressed beyond belief. It's perfect!

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