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Swear on This Life

A Novel

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Booklist, Top 10 Women’s Fiction of 2016

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From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Customer Reviews

Loved it

4.5 Stars
This book is very different to any other I have read it was like reading a book within a book and although I struggled at the start I'm so glad I kept going because it turned into a brilliant read.
What's it like to read your story in a book well that's exactly what happens to Emiline when she reads a best seller from J.Colby. Emiline was hooked from page one and entranced with Emerson and Jackson's story, the reason she fell in love with these characters was because this was her story it was all about her and her childhood sweetheart Jase, it was about the dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that they lived on as children. But is this her story or is it his story .The one thing that is certain is Emiline will end looking inside herself to get the answers she needs to move on with her life.
This is a beautifully written unique book it's based in the present but you go back into the past with J.Colby's novel. I loved the characters and the style of this authors writing
Fantastic read

What a premise - A story within a story

5 Star Review of Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino
This was a new author to me and I have to say I have no idea why. This is one of those books that I did not want to put down and I was riveted from the first to the last page. What a unique premise there was to this story, so very different from most books in the market place.
Emiline succeeded in breaking free of the bonds from an extremely difficult and tough childhood, helped along the way by her best friend Jase.
Although they lost track of each other over 10 years before, Emiline is shocked and angry when she reads a book by J. Colby which appears to be the story of her life, told from her perspective. Emiline feels betrayed and feels that she has no alternative but to confront the author whom she suspects is her childhood friend Jase.
What happens when she confronts J.Colby? What will happen when she is forced to look within and confront the past she was so desperate to escape? Will she be able to face the truths she finds and move forward; or will it all be too much?
Swear on This Life touched my soul, the way Ms. Carlino layers the storylines is like peeling an onion, the more you peeled away the deeper you were engrossed. Told from the point of view of the present to “reading” about their past, it is hard to express the emotions I felt whilst reading this book.
I love second chance novels and I must say that this is one of the best I have ever read. It was an emotional and touching journey through time and one I thoroughly enjoyed, although at times a very hard book to read, the emotions evoked made me feel as though I was on a roller coaster ride, holding on for dear life
Swear On This Life was extremely well written and I count myself lucky to have read it. I will most certainly be looking to read other books by Renee Carlino and I highly recommend it.

Great book

I really dug this book. Well worth reading!

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Swear on This Life
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Romance
  • Published: 09 August 2016
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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