Splintered Courage – Review

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Gemma Tate’s life changed forever the day she confronted an unlikely stranger. After relocating across the country, three new housemates prove to be essential friends she never knew she needed. She explores her attraction to Weston, a fourth housemate who lives across the hall. As their connection strengthens and grows they stumble down the path of first love. In a steamy new world of firsts, Gemma wonders if she will come out unscathed. When ghosts from their past make an unforeseen visit, their lives take a turn neither of them expected. 


He found me, then he asked the impossible of me. I never expected my choices to lead me to Weston. Can I trust them to find me when I didn’t realize I was lost? I know my life will never be the same.


I finally found her. She has been kept a secret for 18 years. It’s time for her to come home. I asked her to follow, if she refuses she’s coming anyway.


I never knew beauty like her’s existed. Like gravity, will we stay in balance when our lives are tossed upside down? Does she really even see me, because I see her.

My Favourite Quotes:

“I can feel the swell in my heart, the feel of belonging, the realization of where I need to be. My grandmother always told me our hearts are smarter than our brains. I’ve never known her to be wrong.”

“‘We’re a family. Our own family. Sometimes the best families aren’t those built by blood, but those built by choice, trust, and loyalty.'”

“I can almost taste the rich bitter smoothness of pick me up in a cup.”

“I haven’t taken my eyes from his, almost as though his eyes won’t let me.”

“If he hadn’t come, I would have been all alone. I would have been fine, but I wouldn’t have realized what I’ve been missing.”

*** From this point on in the novel I was just writing down the page and paragraph that I loved the quote from as my hands were too tired to release the book for long enough to jot anything down! ***

My Thoughts:

I fell in love with the story behind the story before I had even cracked the book. The author J.E. Sawyer mentions on the back cover how Splintered Courage was started by her Mother before she passed and how J.E. decided to continue the story. I love everything about that and I was very intrigued to start the book. I would love to know the exact point where her mother left off as I felt there was a fluidity between the writing of these two amazing mother-daughter authors.

So this novel is rather petite in size, with only 110 pages, but boy do they pack a wallop. I was instantly drawn in by the premise and was continually intrigued by the rapid fire events in the book.

I really enjoyed the characterization as well as the setting in the book. Does a Taylorton exist in this world, and if so I would like to visit especially if it boasts such smart, kind and great men as the ones Gemma lives with. J.E. Sawyer you write wonderful men! DO you know any personally for us single ladies? (Insert wink emogi here!)

When I found myself at the end of the book, I was pleasantly surprised by how it had so quickly captured my heart and how I am really looking forward to the second instalment. This was definitely the read I needed at the moment.

If you love a fast paced novel with the perfect amount of love and family with some extra intrigue on the side, this book is definitely for you!

I heart Splintered Courage this much:


You can buy Splintered Courage from Amazon here and find out more about J.E. Sawyer from:

Her website: jesawyer-author.com

Twitter: Twitter.com/JESawyer2

Instagram: Instagram.com/je.sawyer/

FB: Facebook.com/jesawyer2/

***Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review***


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