Loving Josie

A Torey Hope Novel

Romance - Contemporary
359 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2015
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Author Biography

A.D. Ellis is the author of two contemporary romance series, A Torey Hope Novel Series and Torey Hope: The Later Years. Her 2014 debut novel, For Nicky, was voted #3 of the Top 50 Indie Books of 2014 by ReadFree.ly readers/voters. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Indiana Romance Writers of America.
A.D. was born and raised in a small farming town in southern Indiana. An avid reader from the time she learned to read, A.D. could often be found curled up somewhere with her nose in a book. Most of her friends and family were not such book enthusiasts, so she got used to dealing with snickers and joking comments about her constant reading habits.
A.D. always dreamed of being a teacher. Graduating from Indiana State University in 1999 and earning a Master’s Degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2003, she met her goal of entering the world of education. A.D. has been teaching in the inner city of Indianapolis, Indiana for 16 years; most of her years of experience have been in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade. A.D. loves teaching fractions, variables, probability, and graphing in Math. She loves almost all aspects of English Language Arts. Figurative language, theme, making predictions, drawing conclusions, inference, context clues, making writing come to life, A.D. loves it all! Her students don’t always share in that enthusiasm.
Ms. Ellis met her husband in college in 1996 and they married in June of 2000. She lives in a south side suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, two school-aged children, and a hyperactive Yorkie named Snickers. When she’s not reading or writing with music blaring, she can be found shopping at thrift stores, reading to her children, and sweating at the gym.
A.D. began her writing journey in October 2013; she is grateful for the friends and support she’s found along the way.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Loving Josie by A.D. Ellis is a breathtaking love story about a battered woman, Josie Decker. Josie lived her life as an unloved, unwanted creature in her house. No one loved her and she has accepted that, but she wants to live a free life where she can run away from her past and try to live happily. With that dream in her heart, she leaves everything behind and travels to Torey Hope.

Enter Kyle Martin, a pierced, tattooed bad boy who has a heart to rival saints. But even he is not able to protect his one true love and its loss plunges him into the deepest depraved despair that makes him fight for every breath he takes. To break free of the shackles of guilt, he accepts help and moves to Torey Hope in order to live a life that is bearable. Josie and Kyle meet and there is an instant spark. The two become kindred spirits and very close friends. Together, they bring a smile into each other’s lives and put the past behind them. However, the past is back and with full vengeance. Will the two of them accept their past and move forward together? Or will they give in and lose a good thing that has the potential to save them?

A.D. Ellis did a great job with Loving Josie. The novel is a wonderful mix of angst, loss, love and a hope to live life once again. Josie’s struggle was portrayed in a really realistic manner and I could relate to her. Kyle, on the other hand, is the perfect example of a bad boy persona. He literally does have a heart of gold and, hey, he is hot with all those tattoos, so that was one more thing to love about him. All in all, a great, fun read. A really sweet and amazing novel. Perfect to read on weekends when you have nothing to do.