Wednesday, July 15, 2015

On Tour: Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill and a Giveaway!

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Center of Gravity

Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill
Paperback and e-book, 309 pages
Published: July 14th 2015 by Thomas Nelson

The truth could cost her everything.

Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is grand.

Or is it?

When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It's temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss.

If only Ava could believe her own excuses.

Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.

Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town —Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game? Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem.

My thoughts about Center of Gravity ~~ 

Oh wow! I don't remember when I have had such strong feelings about the characters in a book. Center of Gravity has great characters, ones to love and to hate. I loved Jack, the very smart, very protective, 8 year old who had to grow up way too early. His mother Ava is another character I really liked, as well. She is such a loving, giving mother to her two sons and would do anything for them.

And then ... there is Mitchell. What a horrible, despicable man he is. I cannot believe the things he did to those he supposedly loved.
'... your dad wants everything to be perfect.' 
' He says he doesn't want to lose control.' 
'... his black moods could last for days.'
Uh oh, that doesn't sound good, does it?

I have read several other of Laura's books and have always loved her stories. She is an amazing writer who always takes the reader on a very enjoyable journey, with great characters and wonderful settings. Center of Gravity is a different type of story for Laura. It's a bit more disturbing and dark but it still was an amazing read.

Jack really is a facinating, lovable little boy. His infatuation with superheroes was fun but it also served as a way for him to deal with reality and to take care of his little brother. What a wonderful imagination he had, putting himself in the shoes, or cape, of a superhero to survive the bad situations he was in.
'I made myself into a rock so I didn't have to feel anything.'
Center of Gravity is a very intense, captivating story and I found myself devouring it. I couldn't leave Ava, Jack, and little Sam all on their own. I had to find out if everyone was going to be okay. It was just one horrible thing after another. What an evil, evil man Mitchell is!

I loved Center of Gravity and the fast pace of the story. I was thinking about it long after I was done reading. Great job, Laura! Thanks for the wonderful read!    

About the author

Laura adores hot coffee, good manners, the color pink, and novels that keep her reading past midnight. She believes in the beauty of words, paying it forward, and that nerds rule the world. Laura is a fan of balmy summer nights, fireflies, and pristine mountain lakes. She lives in Mobile, Alabama with her two sons.

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  1. Susan ~ I am so excited to be on the blog today! Thank you so much for taking the time to read Center of Gravity ... your review means the world to me! Many thanks for highlighting the novel and taking the time to read it! xx, Laura

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laura! Loved your book and I wish you much success with it!

  2. This sounds like a great book full of suspense and secrets. The kind of book that will keep me up late reading. Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. This was my first book by Laura and I loved it. Like you I had real strong emotions towards all of the characters. I can't wait to read here other books!

    Amanda |

  4. This novel sounds enthralling and emotional. Thanks for this wonderful feature and great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Great review! Laura, You are an amazing talent! Keep up the good work...and much success.

  6. Boy can I relate to the unraveling of the seemingly perfect marriage. Live and learn. I'd love to see how it plays out! ~Deb

  7. This book sounds really good. I've seen it highlighted a few diferent places online and each time I see it, I want to read it more and more!

  8. This book sound like one I would start and not want to stop until ever page was finished and still want more!

    thanks so much!


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