ARC Review: Crashing Back Down by Kristen Hope Mazzola +Giveaway

Happy Release Day to Kristen Hope Mazzola!
~Her debut novel, Crashing Back Down is now live~
 Title: Crashing Back Down
Author: Kristen Hope Mazzola
Series: Crashing
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy's best friends and parents.

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.

❥My Review

Margaret "Mags" McManus is a 24-year old widow. Her husband Randy tragically died after an accident during his military service. Mags is left as an empty shell without her college sweetheart. She finds comfort in her in-laws and friends.
Mags has a rough time trying to get back to normal and finding a way to really live again. She tries to suppress many of her feelings, one in particular that includes Walker, her husband's best friend.

Kristen did a lovely job at writing these characters and nailing down each moment and emotion perfectly. I never failed to feel Mags' pain as I read her thoughts. There were some moments that she had that absolutely gutted me. While the theme is dark and painful, there were beautiful moments of light that showed through in just the right moments.

There was a shocking twist toward the end that really took me by surprise. In that moment, everything truly came crashing down. The pain from both Mags and Walker was so evident that it brought me to tears. The novel isn't left with a cliffhanger per say, but there is certainly more to the story. Luckily for us fans, Kristen is hard at work on the sequel as we speak.

I commend Kristen on a wonderfully written debut novel. I'm sure we'll be seeing great things to come from her. I sure cannot wait!

*An eARC of this novel was provided by the author for an honest review. This has not affected my opinion/review in any way.

~Cutest Moment~
"But, Mags…" his eyes were pleading as he pulled away just enough so I could look at him, still scathing mad.
"You're my true north. No compass would point me in any other direction but to you."
My Rating: 4.5 Kisses

About the Author

Kristen Hope Mazzola is an up and coming independent author from sunny South Florida.  Crashing Back Down was her debut into the literary world. Kristen is currently working on the rest of her Crashing Series, which will include a sequel, Falling Back Together, and a prequel, Walking Away.  She even has a few more tricks up her sleeve, with more characters to introduce and more twists to unravel, so keep your eye on this talented young author!
When Kristen is not driving a pen into paper, she enjoys reading all different genres and fishing.  “There is just something so magical about water and the calm it brings to my life,” says Kristen.  Even though writing is not her only career she is pursuing, Kristen hopes to one day be a full time writer. Having a day job and a busy life, makes finding time for writing difficult, but anything worthwhile in life is difficult. Loving life, writing, and fishing basically make up her world.
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