Friday, April 25, 2014

Blog Tour Giveaway and Review of The Face In The Mirror by Barbara Stewart


Loss brings things home. You reflect on what you had, and what you’ve lost.
What if you met the love of your life... Again?
What if he never fell out of love with you?
And you realized that you were still in love with him.
Could you push the past aside…
And focus on the future?
Relive what was good…
And learn from the bad?
What if you found a secret…
That revealed that everything about your family was a lie…
Changed your thoughts on love and commitment…
And turned all that you believe in upside down...
What if a mirror reflected what you loved…
And what you lost?

As we got closer to home, I decided I had more to say. I gulped in a big breath and said, “Mitchell, I don’t want you to leave me.”
“Waiving your fifth-amendment rights, I see.” We stopped at a red light and he turned to me. His gaze was intense, seeming to look right through me, seeing my soul, my thoughts – my heart.
Finally, he asked, “Why?”
“Not because I don’t want to be alone, because I want to be together. There’s a big difference.”
“Just for the night?”
“What do you want?”
“No, Renie, you started this conversation. You opened this door. I want to know what you want.”
“You, Mitchell. All of you. I want to be together with you.”
“Don’t open a door you aren’t ready to continue through, Renie, because I won’tlet you close it on me again. Make sure what you really want. I mean it. You won’twalk away from me again.”

Barbara Stewart had me crying once again while reading this book. Her books, like Rock 'N Roll Never Forgets, have a deep undercurrent of love and loss that somehow reaches the depths of my soul and I cannot help myself.

In this her latest book, she tells us the story of a thirty year old woman who is now beginning to know herself. She has just lost her mom after losing her dear grandmother shortly before. She feels all alone and is reflecting on her life. She has been divorced from the love of her life for seven years. Re-evaluating why, she realizes she allowed her father to influence her into making rash decisions that eventually derailed her life and ambitions.

The story beautifully weaves a certain twist of the paranormal through her mother's spirit visiting her. While cleaning her mother's home, she finds journals written by her mom. Through these journals, she finally gets the chance to fully understand her mom. The lessons learned help her deconstruct her failed life and rebuild a life and future that will make her happy.

I took this journey with Renee and was able to also recognize we sometimes we judge our parents without really knowing them, also forgetting they are human and full of the same emotions we felt in our youth. We sometimes shape our life and future based on what is expected of us and not what is right for us. It takes strength of character to recognize this and make changes. I love these characters because they are willing to rock the boat and change their destinies. They embrace happiness and loss, while celebrating life.

About the Author
Barbara S Stewart (7/13/1959) - Is a yankee-billy. She was born in Havre de Grace, MD, but raised a BRATS (you’ll find it in the book!).  
Residing in Middleburg, FL with her husband, Gene, they share their home with a fat cat named Kooky. She’s worked in the electronics industry, and most recently in healthcare. In 2009, she was awarded the American Cancer Society’s HOPE award for volunteerism.
She writes love stories, and the ideas usually evolve from music – a song she hears that ‘paints a picture.’ She refers to her writing as ‘the sound-track of her life.’ Sprinkled through her stories are humor and sadness based on experiences shared with family and friends. If you know her you may read something and think, ‘is that me?’ You never know… She loves books by Adriana Trigiani and Nora Roberts, and loves exploring new, self-published authors like her.

The third book in the Rock and Roll Trilogy – Feel Like Makin’ Love will be released later in 2013. She also has another work in progress, The Face in the Mirror that she hopes to release sometime in 2013, as well.

She loves to hear from readers, and you can find her at:

Book Links


Rock and Roll Never Forgets (The Rock and Roll Trilogy)

When I Look to the Sky (The Rock and Roll Trilogy)

Feel Like Makin' Love (Rock and Roll Trilogy #3)

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