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    Mini Review: While You’re Away Part II: When I Retreat

    While You're Away Part II


    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY Part II: When I Retreat by Jessa Holbrook was released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in eBook format. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, this book is 52 pages.

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a serialized novel in six parts being published weekly. Part I: Our First Encounter was released on October 15th, Part III: While You’re Confusing will be released on October 29th, Part IV: When We’re Together releases on November 5th, Part V: While You’re Distant releases on November 12th, and the final installment, Part VI: When I Heard the Truth will be available on November 19th.



    Once a cheater, always a cheater?

    From the moment Will and Sarah first set eyes upon each other, they know that what they have is special.

    There’s just one little problem . . . each of them already has a significant other.

    After flirting with danger, it becomes clear their passion is too strong to be denied. But even if they make their relationship official, there are plenty of challenges in store. Will leaves for college at the end of the summer, while Sarah faces her senior year of high school in their small suburban town. Long-distance relationships always come with their fair share of troubles—mismatched schedules, jealousy, and temptation are only the beginning.

    Can cheaters ever change?

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a steamy story about a love triangle, a long-distance relationship, and learning the true meaning of commitment.



    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY Part II takes Jessa Holbrook’s story to an entirely new level. Beautifully written and heartbreaking, this second set of six chapters are emotionally-charged and add depth to this incredibly captivating and sexy story.

    In this next part of the story, the unexpected relationship between Sarah and Will continues to develop, creating even more conflict for the story’s main character. Sarah is torn between a boy she has loved for years and who is also her friend and partner in her band and a boy she feels an intense physical connection with and possibly something more, but who is still somewhat of a question mark.

    This choice she is faced with, and the anguish she feels, makes for a riveting and heart-rending read. The author’s writing creates moments that are fragile and beautiful and others that are hot and steamy. There is a wonderful flow to the story that will keep readers engaged. And there’s a nice balance between the author’s development of the characters and story and the emotional intensity she infuses at key points.

    This second part once again leaves off at an important juncture in Sarah’s life. While not exactly a cliffhanger, there are numerous questions up in the air about what choices Sarah will make and what the repercussions will be of the decisions she has already made. And at this point in the story, after getting to know the characters a bit more, and after all that has happened, it will leave readers anxiously awaiting the next part.

    In just twelve chapters of WHILE YOU’RE AWAY, author Jessa Holbrook has created a story that is an absolute must read.

    Reviewer gives this book…


    On a personal note…

    Wow. Just wow. This second part blew me away. The author is an amazing writer. She has this way with words that totally played on my emotions. I was completely shredded. With just one sentence I’d become all twisted up. The next I’d feel hopeful or heartbroken or anxious.

    The description made me believe that this story wasn’t going to have as much depth as it does. But it’s not a surface story. It’s not just a story of two characters having some fun. It’s not simply a story of two cheaters who possibly get what’s coming to them. The characters are ones I’ve become invested in, especially Sarah. Which does not usually happen quite as quickly as it did with this book.

    It’s hard, when reviewing, to take a story apart into its pieces. I usually judge stories as a whole. But this serialized novel has forced me to do just that. And so I shall…

    I loved the introductory part, it made me want to read on. But this second part, now that the foundation has been established, was absolutely incredible.

    Somewhere along the way in these six chapters I fell madly in love with this book. I desperately want to be able to keep reading. I don’t want to meet any new characters before I find out what’s in store for Sarah and Will. I’m already hoping for a happily ever after. And I am anxious to find out if Will is everything he seems to be or if he’ll break Sarah’s heart… and mine.

    Favorite passage

    These six chapters were filled with amazing passages that just tore me to pieces. And this one exchange between Sarah and Will knocked me over with its beauty and simplicity and perfection, but out of context it wouldn’t make sense or have the same impact.

    So I chose to share this one which isn’t too spoiler-y.

    I wanted to gather him in my arms. I wanted to protect him from the rest of the world, who looked at him and couldn’t see past the surface. I was sad that he hadn’t had a chance to just be until now. His whole life, stuffed into a shape that didn’t fit him…