The Reason is You

The Reason is You

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780425247129
  • 336 Pages
  • Berkley
  • Adult


Anything but Normal… 

     Dani Shane just wants her daughter to have what she never did—a normal life.  But “normal” leaves the equation when sixteen year old Riley is found talking to Dani’s only friend, Alex—who’s been dead for forty years. 

     In the small river town of Bethany, Dani never fit in.  Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk.  Now that she’s back, so is Alex.  Mischievous and sexy and still hot enough to melt her shoes.  Between his popping in at inopportune moments and having to hide her daughter’s new talent, Dani fears that her plans for staying under the radar may be short lived .

As Dani scrambles to get solid footing under her family, secrets buried for forty years begin to unearth themselves.  She and Alex have always been connected, but he is hiding something.  The computer is making her hear things.  Weird memories that she doesn’t recognize keep popping up in her mind.  Then there’s that little thing she’s not telling her daughter yet.  Like that some of the people she sees aren’t breathing… 


"The book’s opening reads like women’s fiction — a freshly impoverished and romance-challenged heroine moves back home and reinvents herself, finding love in the process. But by page 2 I knew Lovelace was going to yank that expectation away from me and shape it into something astonishing and glorious, then thrust it back at me and dare me not to love it. And I did. I loved it….The Reason Is You is a splendid debut and an all-consuming reading experience. November is an awfully long time to wait for Lovelace’s next offering, Before and Ever Since." –USA Today

"A hauntingly beautiful story from a writer with a fresh new voice." –Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

“Sharla Lovelace is going on my auto-buy list. Wow! I loved this book. The Reason is You is an impressive debut novel about love and loss, family bonds and family secrets, redemption and starting over. Oh, yeah, and also ghosts!…. I would highly recommend The Reason is You to fans of romantic women’s fiction."–Novel Reflections

The Reason is You, Sharla Lovelace’s debut novel, transported me to a small town, complete with small-town drama, a slight Southern feel, and a whole lot of love-triangle action!  It was easy to identify with Dani, our protagonist….The relationships within the story are complex and fleshed-out, enabling the reader to be in the moment with the characters.  Great debut, Ms. Lovelace!” –Twimom227