Kendall Brooks has an impossible decision: Tell the truth or protect the lie?
She has buried herself in years of undergrad, medical school, and now her residency–hoping to leave behind what she is unable to face.
Her world is rocked to the core when she returns to her small hometown and runs smack dab into her first love, Adam McCoy.
Adam is the key. He stirs up old emotions that send Kendall spiraling back in time, remembering all the moments that led them to her ultimate deception.
Will revealing the truth of what transpired all those years ago provide her the self-forgiveness that she desperately craves or will her devastating secret destroy the only man she has ever truly loved, shattering her heart in its wake?
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I stood at the cold dark water’s edge, my reflection staring back at me from the glasslike surface. The reflection of a girl that I no longer knew. I breathed in the overwhelming scent of pine and recognized the tranquility that surrounded me. The soft hum of the city in the distance, the echo of an eagle’s cry overhead, the steady drum of my heart—the only sounds that could be heard in the quiet serenity that was present all around me.
Inside an entirely different scene existed. Whirling thoughts, like hurricane-force winds, blew through my mind while a dark, thunderous storm was raging inside my soul, cutting the power to the central organ of my existence—my heart. I was destined to weather this storm on my own. After all, like Mother Nature, I was the controlling force behind these conditions.
I threw a stone into the mirrored surface of the water before me and watched the small circular wave expand from the point where it broke through the stillness.
It was hard not to think of the stone as the choice I had made, the choice that inevitably created waves in the smooth waters of my life. The first lie, like the first ripple in the water, seemed so small but quickly became more significant. Each wave growing in size and depth, impossible to stop. The effect from that one choice spread through my life like the ripple moving across the surface of the water.
I longed for the stillness.
L.D. Cedergreen has always enjoyed writing. It started as short stories, and later developed into poetry–some of which has been published–and now her first full-length novel. She’s a vivid day dreamer, a passionate reader, and a fan of all music. She is a small town girl at heart. Originally from Washington State, she now resides in Southern California with her husband and two little ones. As much as she would like to call herself a beach girl, she is–without a doubt– grounded by her small town roots.
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OMG Ripple has got to go down on my “favorite books for 2013” list. LD Cedergreen did such an excellent job with writing this story that it will definitely leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling deep down in your soul when you’re done with reading it. Don’t get me wrong, there were moments when I was upset with the characters, Adam & Kendall, because of the decisions that they make but in the end I ended up loving them. This story will leave thinking about the outcome of our future when we make some deep rooted choices in our past. That was what drove this story, Kendall believes she didn’t have any other choice but to make the decisions that she did in the past, but when she did that she didn’t realize how it would impact her & everyone else around her. Adam felt as though his choice that he made in past cost him a lot with Kendall so he made the decision that will change their life for the long haul. In the end, those decisions that they made came not be reversed, they just have to chose to live in the now. I really love every single millisecond of this book, the emotions had me in tears most of the time when I was reading, and the story will pull at your heartstrings man. Great, awesome, superb, excellent writing by L.D. Cedergreen, I cannot wait to find out what she has in store for us next.