Mar 23, 2015

Cherishing Brianna by Caitlyn O'Leary Review

Brianna has chosen to live the last eight years of her life alone, hoping to prevent the inevitable. When she finally realizes how little time she has left to live a full and productive life, she stops off to visit her foster family before permanently moving to California and the care she is going to need. Spending one last month with the people she loves and values in Fate Harbor Washington, she meets Sheriff Charlie Meade and the town vet, Zac Carmichael. Both men are loving, caring and think the world of her. Brianna is horrified to realize she has deceived them. She knows the truth, she unworthy of their love.

Brianna decides to quickly leave town. Despite adamant entreaties of her family, she’s determined go before things unravel even more and she becomes a burden. Can Zac, Charlie and the family make one last ditch effort to make Brianna realize how much they want to cherish her no matter what the future might hold?

I was super excited to be reading another of Caitlyn O’Leary books, I love her ménage series, they’re so delicious but what I wasn’t expecting was it to relate to my real life in a rather strange way.
Brianna is heading home, for her foster sister’s wedding, but the wedding, like much in Brianna’s life, is a little out of the norm. Brianna; it seems has grown up in a town which is filled with couples in polygamous relationships.
But that is not what makes Brianna different. Brianna is an emotionally destroyed woman, which has a good calm shell. You see, Brianna’s father suffered from Schizophrenia, that was untreated and she lived through hell jumping back and forth into foster care. Brianna is a master of shutting everyone out, but she doesn’t do it to hurt them, no it’s to protect them, because she thinks one day she is going to turn into her father. So after deciding to spend one last month in Fate Harbor, saying goodbye to her foster family, before locking herself away for good, she falls in love, with not just one man but two.
Sheriff Charlie Meade and the town vet, Zac Carmichael both love Brianna and are willing to work at a tri-ad relationship with Brianna, if only they can convince her to stay.
Wow! What a story! Cherishing Brianna is such a beautiful tale; I found it a joy to read and very well researched. As a close family member of mine is Paranoid Schizophrenic, and it is a daily struggle not only for him, but us family members. Reading Caitlyn’s descriptions of attacks hit very close to home with me. So I thank her for writing them in detail and with accuracy. I found the writing smooth, unhurried and without plot holes.
I give Cherishing Brianna 10 out of 10.

I was born in Seattle Washington, but soon moved to a small town North of there, which is where I grew up. I’m the oldest of five children, so it was a lively household, and reading became my way to block out the noise. I am an avid reader. I love every genre, but romance and happily ever afters have always been my favorite books. I remember in middle school my biology teacher taking a Rosemary Rogers book away from me; I didn’t understand why—she was certainly teaching me aspects of biology!

As I grew up, I would write stories to entertain myself and my younger siblings. I often wrote their book reports for them. My brothers were only one year apart in age. I wrote a report for the oldest his senior year, he turned it in and got a B+. The next year John turned in the same report to the same teacher and got an A-, the year after that the youngest turned it in to the same teacher and got an A. The teacher liked it better each time he read it!

I’ve worked in corporate America for most of my life, where a lot of creative writing takes place (and if you don’t believe me, you really don’t know corporate America). I blogged to all my employees when I spent six weeks in India—they considered me quite the smartass. My corporate life has allowed me to live in Washington, Texas, Belgium and California.

I have been with the same man for seventeen years. He was born and raised in Texas, and twelve years ago I whisked him, kicking and screaming, to Southern California. Luckily he loves me and wants to be where I am, but he’s still a Texan at heart (although he doesn’t miss Texas summers). I’m a very lucky woman who enjoys swimming, traveling, babysitting her nieces and nephews and doing lots of “research” with her husband for upcoming books.

After being such a fan of romance all my life, I was reading Sophie Oak’s Bliss and Siren in the City series last year, and they weren’t coming out fast enough. I started thinking about a place up in the Northwest, and characters started spinning in my head. Then came Chance. Once he was there, he demanded to be put down on paper. I don’t really write the stories. For real, the stories just come out of my fingers onto the computer screen. Half the time I’m surprised by what ends up being typed!

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