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Kite Dreams: A Review of A.M. Willard’s “Fading Memories” Description: “In this Mature Contemporary Romance, A.M. Willard brings you Fading Memories—a story about love, grief, and memories that slowly fade with time.

Isabel Nichols’s life changed in more ways than one through the years. As a young child, she experienced a loss that devastated her. It wasn’t until she was an adult that the universe around her shattered. In a twenty-four-hour time frame, she lost what she’d thought was her world. What followed was a year of mourning, a year of grieving, a year of darkness. Now, there’s one man who can show her the light.

Dakota Jackson left his life behind on a whim, moving to a beach cottage away from the big city where he grew up. He sees through Izzie’s clouds as he gets to know her, with the drive to be everything that she’s ever needed. The only problem is, Dakota holds the key to a secret that could ruin both of their hopes and dreams.

Passion isn’t always enough to heal a broken heart; love isn’t always enough to guide you through the darkness.

This is about two souls that were meant to be together from the day they were born. Two people who have to figure out a way to look past the memories. It’s the now; it’s living your life as you’re meant to, loving the one your heart craves. It’s about letting go of the grieving, learning to be who you are, and accepting life for what it is.

Can love cure all things despite its hardships?”

About the Author

A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance with some saucy scenes.  Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014 has sent her on a new journey in life. A.M.’s passion for writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband of eighteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first publish button, she hasn’t looked back.

Publications available from A.M. Willard include the Chances Series, Love on the Screen, and everyone’s favorite, the One Night Series. She’s also had an article published in the Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine and was just accepted into the Romance Writers of America organization in May of 2015.

A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but resides in Savannah, GA with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, and her six chickens. Yes, we said chickens…

“The pen writes what the heart desires.”

A.M. is published by Booktrope Publishing

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My Review

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

For Mature Readers: 18+

I loved A.M. Willard’s Fading Memories. It was a delightful, page turner about finding and embracing true love. The story line had that familiar ‘boy next door’ feel with a twist on it.

There were some serious laugh out loud moments throughout the book. Many of them involved situations of utter embarrassment for the main character, Isabel Nichols (Izzie).

I loved the characters in Fading Memories. Dakota, the man next door, was my favorite and new book boyfriend. He was patient, kind, devoted to Izzie, and hot. He always knew the right thing to do or say. Just the kind of man women dream about (which Izzie did). I even loved Izzie. Her determination was admirable. She wanted to solve her own issues, but she lacked the self-confidence to really do so. Her weaknesses were so obvious, but Willard gave her room to grow (and she did). Another great character was the unseen one, Izzie’s father. Everything he did was in his daughter’s best interest (so he thought). I loved his words to Izzie (read the book and you’ll understand this). Izzie was surrounded by well-meaning friends who loved her to death and wanted to protect her fragile soul.

Fading Memories contains a few well-placed sexual references, but they are necessary to the story. They don’t feel like they were thrown in for the sake of having a romance.

Contemporary romance stories are like palate cleansers for me after reading a lot of heavy hitting, creepy stories. Willard’s novel was refreshing and did everything I needed in a well-crafted love story. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to read more from her.


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(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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