Always There by Carol Ann Albright-Eastman Blog Tour!!!!!

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Blurb: 

For readers who loved The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, or The Shack.
“People walked up the front steps of the funeral home, preparing themselves to see the grieving orphaned children of the woman who passed, but what did they find instead? The youngest orphaned child was snacking on a Quarter Pounder with cheese, drinking a medium Diet Coke, and laughing in a chair with her friends.” 
In this fresh, poignant novel, Always There, Shelby Lynn LeeMaster grapples with her recent “orphaned” life and how to let down her guard to fully experience true love, allowing it in to her heart without fear. The mother, Betheny LeeMaster, struggles with dying before she could teach and guide her children into adulthood. The daughter cannot break from her own fears, while the mother cannot forgive herself for leaving her children too soon. The different narrators, the mother in Heaven and the daughter on Earth, tell their stories in alternating chapters. Can the two women reconcile their fears and remorse being worlds and lifetimes apart? 
Eastman’s honesty explores the tragic ending to a mother-daughter relationship, revealing the pain a motherless daughter experiences. The two vantage points allow the reader to find a connection with the mother and/or the daughter, personalizing the loss that a dying mother and grieving daughter often face. The novel portrays the truth behind the death of a loved one, while glorifying the mystery of Heaven, proving that love does not die when a person does. The channels of love are still open, going in both directions. Love goes on when life does not. The novel bridges the tragic with the comedic, giving audiences a lighter, more enjoyable, sentimental read. You will laugh while you cry, and cry while you laugh, but in the end, you’ll hug your loved ones for dear life

Rosie’s Review:

There are books you read in your life that never truly leave you. This is one of those books!  It is a beautifully written story of the depth of love a Mother and Daughter share.  This story will invoke some serious emotions.
The story starts when a woman named Bethany awaits a new arrival.  She is surrounded by her close knit supportive Italian family.  There are things in Bethanys life that she regrets and wishes she could make right.
All that ever really matters is how much you love your children and how you remember to show them your love each and every opportunity you have.  It’s not about what you can give them or even about how much time you get to have with them; it’s about loving them and showing them how important love really is. That’s parenting. That’s love.  That’s life.
Bethany is married to an amazing man.  Carl is such a wonderful husband and Father to thier 3 children Darby, Vaughn, and Shelby.  Their relationship had a rocky start, but is proof that sometimes you need to look at people more closely before you judge.
He was uncertain and was holding on, fearful to let go.  I let him hold me.  From that day on, I never made him let go. 
You can’t always choose who you fall in love with.  Sometimes love just chooses you.
Bethany and Carl’s youngest daughter Shelby has had a very hard time getting over things that she has suffered.  She can’t seem to get past and move on with her life.  She seems to just exist day to day.  She refuses to let her guard down so she can love and be loved completely and unconditionally.
I hadn’t felt secure or safe for a long, long time.  I wasn’t afraid of what was “out there” lurking to get me.  I was afraid of what was inside, in me, trying to hurt me.
Chance  unexpectedly enters Shelby’s life at a time when she thinks she isn’t capable of love.  He has a daughter that just loves Shelby to pieces.
For the first time in a long, long time, I believed that maybe I’d been wrong all these years and that life could be beautiful and perfect, filled with moments of true bliss, beauty, and magic.
Chance loves Shelby with his whole heart.  He knows she loves him just as much, but she is afraid.  He is such a patient and caring man.  He wants Shelby in his life forever.
Chance loved me, but didn’t think the world revolved around me.  He’s more evolved than that.  The world doesn’t revolve around one person; it revolves around true, unconditional love, a love that no matter what, lives on. According to Chance, the world revolves around love, and love revolves around the relationship. Okay, he’s probably the sappiest, most romantic man on the planet.
Until you can tell me it’s forever, then there’s no point.”  He embraced me again and whispered in my ear. “I want always. With you. It’s one word Shelby.  It’s so easy.  Always.”
Bethany needs to help Shelby see that love is worth the pain and suffering you can experience because of it.  She doesn’t have much time to help Shelby see the truth.
Even after you were gone,I still knew that you were there, felt that you were there.”
This is a story about Family, love, forgiveness, and forever.  Do yourself a favor and read this book.  Sometimes in life you do get a second chance!
“When I’ m with you, I know that no matter what happens, no matter where we are, it’s going to be you.  You are my family.  You, Chance, are the one who’s Always There.”
 
Shelby’s ringtone on her phone is  ” I Can Love You Like That” John Michael Montgomery
Reviewer: Rosie Mastropieri