REVIEW: Revelry by Kandi Steiner

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“And it was then that I realized that though I was bruised, and maybe a little fractured, I was not broken.”

Back of the book blurb:

Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.
She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t. 
Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her. 
Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost. 
He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.
Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: April 20, 2017

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My rating:

“Apparently, what my soul needed was a little 90’s R&B and an entire bottle of wine.”

            Ahh, I know it’s a good time when there’s a new Kandi Steiner release. I fell in love with Weightless, got my heart shattered by A Love Letter to Whiskey, and now we have Revelry, which is a new kind of sweet, sweet torture.

            We start out with our protagonist, Wren Ballard, and she just got out of a 10-year relationship. They were married for seven of those ten years. And without her husband, Wren doesn’t really know exactly who she is or why she’s here on earth. So, she decides to rent a cabin in Gold Bar and really find herself and try and get some inspiration for a summer line for her super popular boutique.

            It’s hard to pick a favorite leading lady out of any of Kandi’s novels because they’re all so relatable. Each and every character that Kandi concocts has a sense of vulnerability and heart and humor and you fall in love with each character (except, maybe, Keith). However, Wren Ballard is top notch. She’s hilarious, she loves her 90’s music and her wine and her fashion. She has a good heart and cares so much about so many things and so many people. And on top of it all, she just wants to be happy. And that’s exactly what she tries to achieve while she’s out in her little cabin.

“So fall apart. Cry, throw things, remember the good times and the bad and then let them go. And before you close your eyes, each and every night, forgive yourself.”

            One of my favorite things about every novel that Kandi writes is that all of them have so many incredible lessons. Each book is pretty much filled with fantastic advice for anyone going through a hard time. And more than likely, the advice is exactly what you needed to hear.

            Also, each book is so diverse. There’s only one other author who I think writes books in a way that each book has such a unique voice that it seems like different authors wrote them and that’s Colleen Hoover. However, Kandi Steiner is the exact same way. Each book is filled with such unique characters and unique situations and unique writing that it seems like someone else wrote it each time. It’s absolutely incredible how surprising each novel is.

“I loved to watch Wren.”

            Anderson, Anderson, Anderson. What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man. Anderson was so dreamy and broody and I loved the way he loved Wren—like it was shocking and breathtaking and right. Anderson was broken and Wren helped him. Just like he helped Wren. I love how Revelry reinforces the idea that people come into your life at specific times for specific reasons. Anderson and Wren’s love was meant to happen for a reason. And it was completely beautiful to watch.

            Also, one of the best parts of Revelry is the sense of community and family that it brings to the table. One of my favorite scenes from the novel is the pig roast scene. There’s something so fun and heartwarming about everyone in a community gathering in town and having a great time together. I love it.

“I realized she was the kind of beautiful that made you wonder if everything you’d thought was beautiful before actually was. She was the naked-eye eclipse, sunset over the ocean, thousand feet waterfall kind of beautiful.”

            I’m honestly convinced that Kandi is secretly a cinematographer. She shows us sweeping landscapes and I picture each scene, each paragraph, each word with such vivid clarity. And that’s why Revelry—and Kandi—is so special. I’m not only reading about Wren and Anderson’s story… I’m living it. I’m living through Wren’s loss of herself after her divorce. I’m living through Anderson’s reawakening as he finds life again through Wren. And I’m living through the joy of Wren and Anderson’s love.

            That’s my favorite part of, really, any Kandi Steiner novel: the exhaustion after finishing one. You’re put through an entire lifetime’s worth of emotions in such a short time and it’s pure ecstasy to feel that much. I applaud Kandi for putting her entire heart and soul into each and every one of her novels. It is SO worth it because the finished product is phenomenal.

            Revelry is truly one of a kind and I will recommend Kandi Steiner to everyone until the end of time.

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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