Welcome to the Blog Tour for Not Since You by Dulcie Dameron, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
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Title: Not Since You Series: Secrets of River Hollow #1 Author: Dulcie Dameron Publisher: Independently Published Release Date: May 31, 2022 Genre: Christian Contemporary RomanceSins and secrets are hard to keep hidden in a small town… When Claudia Clark was involved in a tragic accident in high school, it set her on a devastating path toward heartbreak. For the past eight years, she’s carefully guarded her heart. With her business now thriving, she doesn’t have time for any unwanted distractions. She’s learned from her mistakes. But when the biggest one of all comes face to face with her again, she starts to question the belief she’s desperately clung to for so long. Dorian Vance can’t get over his past—or the girl that it’s wrapped up in. So when a family emergency brings him back to the small town of River Hollow, he decides it’s time to accept the truth and confront the girl he left behind. Unfortunately for him, she’s dead set on making him pay for his sins. As sparks start flying and well-meaning townsfolk meddle in their affairs, Dorian and Claudia are forced to resurrect old ghosts that lay buried in a mire of guilt and shame. But as they find themselves in the center of a vengeful scheme, the hope and forgiveness they seek seem impossible to obtain.
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(1) winner will receive a print copy of Not Since You and a $25 Amazon gift card!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight June 7, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on June 14, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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My thoughts about Not Since You
So, what does the title Not Since You express to you? I read it and think that there is something that happened in the past; that things or people don’t measure up to whatever or whoever was back in the land of memory. I feel a poignancy, and perhaps a sense of loss. SOMETHING is different, and not necessarily better, than what is missing. The book, with the smiling young woman covering her eyes, gives viewers a sense of expectancy. Why is she covering her eyes? And there’s a lovely, historic-ish building behind her. There’s another clue. But opening the book? It takes us somewhere back to the title; to the past, eight years in the past to be exact.
Claudia and Dorian have been best friends since he moved to town. Really, he is her dearest and best friend. And, middle/high school politics being what they are, Claudia thinks she is holding Dorian back. Maybe he could have his best life if she let him go, to the so-called popular crowds who clamor for his attendance and attention. But no, Dorian only has eyes for Claudia–literally! And he is ready to begin dating, to move their friendship to the land of romance.
Then we pick up the story again, and eight years have gone by. Dorian is gone, and has been gone all that time. Claudia is signing the contracts for a retail space in one of those old buildings, so that she can open the warm but quirky candle and gift shop she’s been building towards by selling her creations at festivals and fairs. SO exciting, and evidence of how she has spent her years; creating, selling, branding, and building a solid business and a plan.
But the person that she has spent years avoiding is back in town (she doesn’t know it, but he hopes it’s for good) and knocking on her door. Dorian promised, years ago, that he would always be there for her. But after a tragedy that involved them both, he left. And yet her heart traitorously jumps to life in his presence, as if it’s been sleeping all the years that he has been gone. Apparently he never forgot her; and clearly she never forgot him.
Can Dorian win her back? At first, the answer seems to be a solid no. But he is determined; yet respectful. And there is a LOT going on besides just the two of them. A man who has been hounding Claudia since high school is still lurking, despite the fact that all she has ever said to him is “no.” Dorian’s mama is extremely ill. And there are some people in town who still haven’t forgiven Claudia and Dorian for the tragedy that still follows their names. Is picking up their relationship where they left off (sort of, anyway, with the addition of eight years of life tacked on the end) really something that can work?
You’ll have to read Dulcie Dameron’s Not Since You to find out! Neither Claudia nor Dorian is your typical romantic lead; yet the more I read the more I wished them well. Not Since You would be a lovely addition to your summer reading stack. And circling back to the book’s cover: it makes me smile that Claudia’s eyes are covered by her own hand. She really does not have any idea what’s coming!
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