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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
In Cornelia Allen’s Then Came July, Doctor July Sullivan had everything, the career she wanted, a partnership with the practice. She even did volunteer work. Life was going in the direction she’d planned. She was living her best life, putting herself first. She had everything until suddenly she hadn’t. A bombing saw her hospitalized, her future and plans went up in smoke, and so, she did the one thing anyone would do. Seek comfort. She returned home to her only living family, the people who had raised her, hoping to heal, recover, and come up with some kind of plan. What she hadn’t expected was for the hard-ass, tough guy cop, who’d been hounding her about the bombing, to be there too. Sure, he didn’t rub her the wrong way like most macho, arrogant alpha males did, but he’d inserted himself into her life, stirring something, a hope in her she thought had long been extinguished.
It was easy to be instantly drawn into Then Came July. Cornelia Allen possesses an engaging writing style that captures the reader’s attention, drawing them into the characters’ lives, and forcing them to invest in people they barely know from the first few pages. This is the sign of a good book, and the author continues to deliver on this promise page after page as we find ourselves thrust into a plot filled with danger, questions, and hope. Vibrant, vivid, and realistic characters complete with flaws, failings, and their own selfish drives enhance the riveting plot as we see not only a quest for answers, but a search for something else, a chance neither Rick nor July thought they would have; a chance at love. Beautifully written, deep, engaging, and captivating, you won’t want to put this book down.