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Updated: May 19, 2023

This has been the perfect book for me to read while working on FOR THE ETERNAL, my final book in The Existence Series. Sara’s journey captures so many feelings of a writer at so many different stages of the writing journey. A true delight for any reader but especially one with a writing heart!

Book Description

Sara Grayson is a part-time greeting card writer when her mother, a literary icon, dies and wills Sara the task of writing the final volume in her best-selling series.

For Sara, this is the ultimate nightmare. She can’t fathom writing a book for thirty million fans—not when last week’s big win was resetting the microwave clock.

But in a bold move that surprises even herself, Sara takes it on, only to discover that stepping into her mother’s shoes means stumbling onto family secrets—secrets that could threaten her mother’s legacy and the very book she’s trying to create.

One of my Favorite Parts

In that moment she realized she had never actually witnessed a sunrise before. She thought that she had, but she hadn't. Not like this. Not fully engaged. Fully present. And to think this happened every day. Everywhere. While people mixed creamer into coffee and ate their cornflakes and checked their email.

It was like seeing the expanse of the world for the first time, and she felt something new. Where was it? She thought of her tendency to live life close-up, wrapped tightly and inflexibly in her world, not stepping back to see more, mistakenly believing her narrow view was reality when maybe it wasn't.

She felt incredibly small, like a tiny speck, and yet this sense of her own smallness in this wide world was actually liberating.

She listened now. The wind. A few birds. Insects.

How could something that happened every day feel this holy? It seemed like watching the sun rise should be prerequisite to becoming an adult."

Editorial Reviews

“Elliott’s debut novel is crafted for writers or anyone interested in writing. Each chapter begins with a quote from a famous author. Readers will enjoy following Sara as she takes on the ambitious task her late mother assigned to her. Decades-old secrets, heartfelt high emotions, and even romance lurk along the twisty path.” —LIBRARY JOURNAL

“ Joani Elliott writes with wit and originality, the result is an inherently entertaining read from cover to cover and one that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. …Very highly recommended.” —MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

“You know what it's like when you discover a new writer whose witty and wise voice makes your heart sing? That's Joani Elliott for me. I stayed up too late turning pages. I loved it.” —Ann Garvin, USA Today bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around

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