Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you another installment of the Austen Series, inspired by the works of Jane Austen, with a heartfelt contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility.
When Annie Daschle arrives in New York City, the only thing she can control is her list.Not her father’s death or the loss of her home. Not the hole in her heart or the defective valve that’s dictated so much of her life. But she can put pen to paper to make a list of all the ways she can live out loud, just like her dad would have wanted.
See the city from the top of the Empire State Building: Check.
Eat hot dogs on the steps of The Met: Check.
Get a job at Wasted Words: Check.
What wasn’t on her list: Greg Brandon. And just when she thinks she’s figured out where to put him, everything changes. In the span of a few staggering heartbeats, she finds herself her caught in the middle of something she can’t find her way out of, with no clear answers and no rules.
List or no list, she realizes she can’t control anything at all, not even her heart.
Not the decisions it makes, and not the moment it stops.
5 Star Review by Ashley
There are some books you read and just move on from. Then there are the books that come out of nowhere and slap you across the face, and body slam you right in the feels. They stay with you long after you've read the final word. Living Out Loud is the latter. Staci Hart gave me a slow burning, angsty swoon fest of epic proportions.
I am always a bit nervous for books set in my stomping ground of NYC but here it was almost like another character. The city was vibrant and alive, it had it's own pulse. And seeing it though Annie's eyes was refreshing and reminded me of the wonder of it all.
Annie was pure sunshine wrapped up in pink mittens and a heart that lived and loved unconditionally. You couldn't help but be drawn her to joy and enthusiasm. The way that, despite all the knocks life had given her, she found a way to smile. Greg surely couldn't. And how did I love me some Greg. He was kindness and patience, with a side of tattoos, and so hopelessly head over heels for Annie that he couldn't see straight. Especially when a nightmare from his past came swooping in to woo her.
Gah and ick all at once to that guy. He was so unworthy of Annie's grace and he just couldn't see that all he had to do was try. But Greg saw, he saw everything and felt everything and gave everything he could until he couldn't anymore. However, that doesn't mean he stopped watching and caring.
Holy chest aching longing. I kept waiting for these two to get their act together and get on the same page. The page they were both reading, just at a different time. But when it all came together it was more perfect than they ever expected. It was rainbows and butterflies and glitter with a cherry on top. Living Out Loud is one of those books you clutch to your chest with a huge, contented smile on your face when you're done reading it. I absolutely adored and cherished Greg and Annie's story and can't wait for Elle's!
About the Author
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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