Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Finding My Way by Heidi McLaughlin. #Review #Giveaway



Liam Westbury has the world at his feet. He’s the quintessential golden boy. He’s the superstar quarterback for Beaumont High. His girl, Josie, is head cheerleader. He has his choice of colleges just waiting for him. Except he’s suffocating from all the pressure he’s under and no one understands.

Liam Page is the heartthrob he never wanted to be. He’s successful, smart and in demand by record companies and his adoring fans. Music is his passion, his love, but something’s missing. His nights are lonely and he longs for the girl he left behind. Seeing her in every face in the crowd haunts him with the knowledge that she hates him. Going home has never been an option until now.

Be there when Liam Westbury becomes Liam Page and follow the highs and lows of the Quarterback turned Rockstar as he finds a way back to Beaumont in this prequel to Forever My Girl.

Amber's Review:

5 Beautiful and Heart-Wrenching Star Review by Amber Presley Boyd

This book was utter perfection for me. Nope not even kidding a little bit. Finding My Way was all I had hoped it to be and more. I guess I should share that I adore this Beaumont Series so much and so if I could give it more than 5 stars I so would!! This may be number four in the series but it’s really the prequel to the entire series and puts into place the 10yrs that Liam Page Westbury spent away from the people he loves the most. If you haven’t read the rest of the series, what the hell are you waiting for?! No really, my love (and slight obsession with all things Beaumont and 4225 West) began almost 2yrs ago when my friend Sarah found and read Forever My Girl and said “I just read this great book and you’ve got to read it too!” Well let’s just say I not only fell in love with the story but couldn’t wait for more about these amazing characters to come out! So getting to fill in all the blanks of Liam’s story completely from his point of view? Yes please!!

“Your life takes on a different meaning when you break your own heart…”

Sometimes reading prequels can leave you feeling flat because if you’ve read the remainder of the story what new things can you possibly learn, right? But Heidi McLaughlin does such a masterful job of bringing the characters to life and showing you all the angst and turmoil, fear, guilt and self-hatred that Liam was faced with as he makes the hardest decision of his life. Even knowing that eventually things are going to be okay didn’t stop me from feeling so sad for him, first in dealing with the truly awfulness that were his parents (Sterling and Bianca Westbury were deplorable!) to the despair Liam feels when he begins to doubt the football plans he and Josie had created for their future. Seeing him know that what he needs most is just what his grandmother encourages “follow only your dreams” was tear inducing. But then in following those dreams he will be leaving behind not only his girl but the family he loves in Mason and Katelyn was even worse. Throughout Forever My Girl we were given glimpses of the past first of Liam in high school with Josie (QB1 and his cheerleader) and then of his musical life, but getting to experience his rise to fame and his becoming Liam Page was not what I expected. Seeing Liam come in to his own musically was gratifying, seeing him become so shut off emotionally and engage in a ‘f*ck’em and chuck’em’ series of encounters was just depressing. But it was his relationship with his grandmother Betty, her total belief in him that touched me greatly and broke my heart for Liam when he loses her all too soon. I also loved getting to see he and Harrison forge their friendship from the beginning, the way Liam looked up to him and the way Harrison encouraged the music between them. Then we have all the drama with psycho-bitch Sam (ok I maybe liked her for about 2mins, but yep total psycho), knowing the way that she manipulated Liam even in the early days of the band made me hate her even more. It was clear that despite the years that he stayed away from Beaumont, his heart and peace were always residing there. That Liam basically tortured himself with his guilt, even though his reasons were rooted in the knowledge that unless he followed his dream of music he would never be whole, it was really an emotional thing to read. So all in all watching Liam try to decide who he is the quarterback phenom Westbury or the rock god Page, at the end of the day Liam finds that following your dreams may change, the path of your journey may change but your destiny never does if you follow your heart. “Home is nowhere and everywhere I guess”, says Liam; but I think in the end he comes to realize that his home is Beaumont and his heart was always with Josie and that taking the chance to reclaim it all may be what he needs to feel whole once again.

So if you’re already a Beaumont Series fan and you haven’t yet read Liam’s story, go get it today. If you haven’t read this series, start with Forever My Girl and read them in order. Trust me on this that reading Finding My Way after the rest just feels like the right thing. You don’t have to do it this way, but I think the story has meant so much more to me getting Liam’s point of view no as opposed to before I read the rest. Brava once again Heidi!! Thanks for continuing to give us more about our favorite Beaumont residents!! Can’t wait for what’s next!

Buy Links:
FINDING MY WAY (Beaumont Series #4)
FOREVER MY GIRL (The Beaumont Series #1)

MY EVERYTHING  (The Beaumont Series, #1.5)
MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER (The Beaumont Series, #2)
FINDING MY FOREVER  (The Beaumont Series, #3)


Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.


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