Monday, April 29, 2013

Can Our Secrets Define Us?, by Elise K. Ackers

How well can you ever know a person? And what right do we have to the stories of the people around us?
In Ask Me To Stay, the first book of the Homeland series, Ethan Foster returns home with an undeserved reputation, and a secret that would reduce lesser men to their knees. He’s an enigma, a contradiction and a drunk – or so the people of Hinterdown say. What he really is, is misunderstood, compassionate, and lost. If he wasn’t carrying the fall-out of someone else’s mistake, maybe people would know that about him. 
But Ethan’s been cast as the villain, and it’s poisoning his chance to fix his relationships with his estranged brother, Dean, and his old-flame, Samantha O’Hara. 
If only the cost of confiding his secret wasn’t so high: he would have to destroy someone’s reputation to fix his own. 
Ask Me To Stay is contemporary/rural fiction with romantic elements, and it explores loyalty, redemption and the magnetism of family. The people of Hinterdown – who are so sure they know exactly what kind of person Ethan is – have no idea that Ethan is protecting them all. 
Which circles back to the question, how well do we truly know those in our lives? Everybody carries secrets. Some confide them to their nearest and dearest, or to a stranger removed from their life; others carry truths to the grave. How might loyalty change a person, and what might they burden themselves with to protect someone they love? 
Giveaway: One copy of Ask Me to Stay, winner's choice of format. International giveaway, ends 5/4.

Ask Me To Stay Blurb: 
When family tragedy brings bad boy Ethan Foster home, he doesn't expect a warm welcome. In the small town of Hinterdown reputation is everything - and Ethan's was ruined long ago. Nobody wants him around, particularly not Sam O'Hara, the girl he left behind. 
There's still a powerful spark between them, but Sam is afraid to risk her heart again. And Ethan is hiding a secret that will have repercussions for his whole family. Will the townspeople ever forgive him? More importantly, will those he loves the most find it in their hearts to take him back? 
This tender tale of love and redemption is the first in a brilliant new series by Elise K. Ackers, author of Small Town Storm and the bestselling The Man Plan. 
About the author: 
Elise K. Ackers is from Melbourne, Australia. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense and is published with Destiny Romance and Escape Publishing. Elise is an animal foster carer, a magnet for unusual accidents and an enthusiastic couch commentator. Ask Me To Stay: A Homeland Book is her fourth book. The second title in the Homeland series will be available in July 2013.  
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Sue said...

I abhor secrets--my husband comes from a family that keeps so many secrets that it just destroys them---they keep secrets so habitually that they have things that are secret that no one could possibly care about.

Brandi Boddie said...

Sounds like a great read! I love the mature theme and how Elise writes about the dynamics of a small town. Congrats Elise on your book!