THE CALM AFTER THE STORM
by Mya O’Malley
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Pages: Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published: 23 February 2015, TouchPoint Press
The storm of the century raged through the northeast, causing destruction and despair, millions were left without power and hope. Weeks later, countless people were still devastated by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, Emma Riley among them.
Determined she didn’t need the help of a man, Emma was convinced that she could brave the aftermath of the storm on her own. That is, until Jake came into her life.
After having suffered heartbreak and embarrassment, Jake Mack, a utility foreman, volunteered to travel north from small town, Georgia to assist with the aftermath of the storm. Jake was decidedly done with women. But he didn’t count on meeting Emma or falling in love so quickly. Can he trust this woman or will his past get in the way and ruin the relationship with the one woman he truly loves?
Mya O’Malley was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter and three step-daughters. The family also consists of two boxers; Destiny and Dolce and a ragdoll cat named Colby. Mya earned an undergraduate degree in special education and a graduate degree in reading and literacy. She works as a special education teacher and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her students.
Mya’s passion is writing; she has been creating stories and poetry since she was a child. Mya spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She is a romantic at heart and loves to create stories with unforgettable characters. Mya likes to travel; she has visited several Caribbean Islands, Mexico and Costa Rica. Mya is currently working on her fifth novel.
This book is so wonderful in so many perfect levels.
I’m going to tell you something. It has been raining for a whole week here where I am. It’s actually tiring.
That was actually highly irrelevant but just though you should know.
How do you know when the love is for real? Is the one? What if the one person you thought you want to spend forever with wasn’t who you wanted after all? And what if the one thing that not on your priority list suddenly gets thrown to you?
Relationship hangovers are always hard. Especially when you cam thisclose to getting married. Or you have already been married (with a child.)
The Calm After The Storm takes place back to that time when hurricane Sandy invaded the US. Emma had been one of the victims. Aside from the lack of power and the destroyed property out there, what she really didn’t expect is that her ex-boyrfriend came back up.
OH PLEASE YOU KNOW HOW THESE THINGS HAPPEN.
Emma is a intelligent, guarded woman. She has a career she worked so hard to get. She has a persistent ex-boyfriend. She has all these friends to support her. If you ask me, she’s one lucky sweetheart. She’s a real darling in every sense of the word. You know, those types of people who are sweet, kind, sensitive, understanding. I LOVE HER SO MUCH.
Jake has enough of women especially since the person he thought was the one didn’t turn out as much. He has his own business to mind and falling in love was surely not one of the things that he really cares about as of now.
OH PLEASE YOU KNOW HOW THIS WORKS ALREADY.
Jake is a really lovable person. The one thing about him that I really want to talk about is not on the summary up there so it can actually a spoiler for you guys and I DESPERATELY WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. Okay, he has a strong family sense, great friendship skills, and just an awesome real person.
I don’t wanna spoil you about anything so let’s settle for that.
The plot has a really meaningful setting. It’s more about standing back up and finding the things you didn’t expect to. Like, you were just tryna be good once in a while then, bam! The next thing you know, you can’t stop thinking about that stranger. Or once upon a time, people told you that you need a break from everything so you should do this then suddenly you’re caught up in that stranger’s face.
Love happens in mysterious ways.
This one is has a really fast insta-love. But the writing was really food and trust me when I say that this was not a smooth ride at all. There were bigger than life factors and simple self-issues that involves growing out of your shell. Or making life-changing decisions. Or sacrifices. And this book is really beautifully written. That’s it. Go read this now. Just saying.
Confession: This review is really hard to write because I’m trying so hard not to spoil you.
Overall, The Calm After The Storm is a wonderful story about moving on, moving on, family, and love and moving on. This is beautifully written in Emma’s and Jake’s POV in third person. If there’s one thing that would sum the book up, it’ll be that: love understands and waits. Also, it always takes two to tango. Love should be built on trust and not from your anxiety. Decisions should be made from hearing each other and not just other people. Emma and Jake’s relationship happened so fast you’re going to wonder how you got there but as time moved on, their relationship grew too. I love that. Sure, the romance was always there but it didn’t override the life happens factor. Storms are never serene and there’s always some amount of destruction after. It happens. But no matter how hard the storm was, always remember that it ends. It’s more about picking yourself up, building/mending the life back up, better, stronger than ever. Things happen for a reason and all the good things never come easy. But sticking through, trust, and acceptance might help. Just saying.