By Adriane Tait-Boyd
Reviewed by Deana Wolstenholme
Twenty -five year old Coraline Renfro is in mourning. She and her long time boyfriend, Blake Parrish, have broken up and Cora hasn’t been dealing with it well. She’s shut herself off from the world around her, and buried herself in her work. Tired of being alone, Cora accepts a date from a colleague, and slowly begins to move on. When Blake comes calling again, will Cora take him back or will she show him how it feels to have a door slammed in his face and his hopes and dreams of a future with her dashed?
I should start this review by saying that for the most part I don’t read novellas or short stories. Not because I dislike them but because I love getting into a story and being able to stay in the storyland as long as possible. When I came across Walking Away by Adriane Tait-Boyd I was instantly drawn to the cover. When I saw that it was a novella I figured I would give it a try and I was not disappointed.
Walking Away is the Story of Coraline is heartbroken when she comes home one day to find that her longtime boyfriend has left. Cora(line) tries to move on but is merely a shell of who she used to be. Despite being urged by her sister Abi to move on, she doesn’t feel she can until she opens her eyes to a co-worker named Charlie.
This is Adriane Tait-Boyd’s debut novella. It is really well written, an enjoyable read and a complete story that will leave you feeling satisfied when you are done. Despite the length, 57 pages, the characters are well developed, likable and memorable. I love, love, love one particular part where she accidentally punches a truck and breaks her hand. It was awesome.
The author writes beautifully with emotion and has you cheering for Coraline. She has experienced her share of pain and loss and you want so much for her “win”. The relationship between her and her sister Abi is realistic and aggravating. Everything that sisters seem to be in life.
I’m looking forward to Adriane Tait-Boyd’s next offering, "You Just Know" is due out this spring and I'm looking forward to reading it. It's a full length novel and the story sounds great. Check out Walking Away here. It's only $0.99 and worth every single penny!