Phenomenal New Release From Catharine Cowles!

Title: Beautifully Broken Pieces
Series: Sutter Lake #1
Author: Catherine Cowles
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
with elements of Suspense
Release Date: February 25, 2019


A woman who’s lost everything.

Taylor is looking for peace and quiet away from the memories of all she’s lost. A small mountain town where no one knows her seems like the perfect escape.

A man battling the ghosts of his past.

Walker loves his life just the way it is. His town, his family, his brothers in blue. Everything simple and easy—until a chance encounter changes it all.

When Taylor’s solitude is interrupted by the rugged cop, they find that the very thing they were avoiding might be just what they both need. As their iron wills clash and passion flares…a killer lurks.

And you never know who might be caught in the crosshairs.

My Review

“Even with the moments you think will break you, there’s always something beautiful waiting.”

One of the joys of reading and reviewing is the access to so many amazing indie authors I never would have found otherwise, and Catherine Cowles is the latest and brightest shining star in indie publishing that I’ve come across recently. The heartfelt depth and the vast array of emotions she evokes left me stunned, spellbound and breathless. From feeling like a knife had been driven through my heart to so much happiness I thought my heart would burst, and everything in between, this book touched my soul so profoundly that I will forever be imprinted with these characters. 

The dedication for this book devastated me and the prologue gutted me, so I knew this was going to be an unparalleled experience. I rarely get emotional when reading a book, even those deemed “ugly cry" by others, but this one hits so close to home that, were I a writer, I could have written much of the sentiment myself. This is a story of loss, grief, pain and fear, but also of healing, hope, courage and new beginnings. It takes the reader from the darkest of lows with the raw, jagged pain abrading her heart, to the spectacularly stunning highs of acceptance, contentment and peace that all bathe the heart in the most beautiful of lights. As if that’s not enough, Cowles then adds in well-timed humor, past-relationship conflict, nail-biting drama and intense suspense with shocking twists that make it impossible to set this book aside. 

Taylor has lost her mother after a long battle with illness. Her friends mean well, but Taylor is weary of the careful comments and their pity-filled gazes, so while on vacation with them, she decides to stay in the small mountain town of Sutter Lake. She's so tired of hurting, and she thinks life will be easier to endure alone. At least she won’t have to worry about losing anyone else she loves. But in hardening her heart to avoid another loss, she fails to see that she’s robbing herself of the love and soul-deep connections with people who really matter to her. 

Walker Cole knowns a thing or two about loss. His childhood friend, high school sweetheart and fiancée was murdered several years ago and, as a police officer, her unsolved case still haunts him. Sure, after all this time, he dates, but at the first hint of serious he ends it. He doesn’t think anyone will ever take Julie's place, until the feisty, stubborn, “short-stack" of a gal moves into his family's rental cabin and manages to get under his skin. But he sees the fear behind her beautiful eyes and those mile-high walls she's erected and vows to take things slowly. 

I can’t find the words to express this book's immense impact, nor can I begin to do it justice. It will have poignant resonance with anyone who has experienced loss and offer keen insight about the process of healing grief and moving forward. Cowles’ competency in capturing emotions with words is unexpected and her ability to breathe life into a story is a true gift. I was so impressed with her work that I immediately bought the previous book and started reading it. This book has many elements, all done exceptionally well – romance, steamy chemistry, fantastic secondary characters, drama and suspense – that it's guaranteed to delight any reader's heart! Get your 1-Click (and highlighting) finger ready, and don’t miss the chance to start experiencing this phenomenal book that will fill your heart, touch your soul, and offer hope. For my part, I’ll be eagerly anticipating this author’s next release and sending her a great, big return hug. ;-) 

Get your copy of one of the most stunning and spectacular reads this year with the links, below. Until next time, dear reader

Much love between the covers,


*See my other reviews here.

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Author Bio

Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she's not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.

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