A Little Broken
By Juli Valenti
Jessie Braden thought she had it all. A husband, a new baby – her life was on course, exactly what she always wanted…Until one day, she loses everything.
Ruined and broken, she’s left alone to pick up the pieces of her life. Unable to cope, she spontaneously packs up and moves across the country, hoping that new scenery will help. Once in sunny Florida, she finds an apartment and a job but while Jessie is surviving, she isn’t living…until one night she meets someone. Dominick.
Desperate for an escape from the pain of her memories, she relents to his unerring determination and agrees to spend time with him. Through his patience and understanding, she will learn that she’s not ruined…she’s just a little broken.
*****5-will rip your heart out-Stars
“It's okay, just go back to sleep – dreams can't hurt you.”
Sighing, she started calming in his arms, relaxing. The last thought she had before sleep overcame her was that Ryan had no idea how wrong he was...
...She was pretty sure that nothing could make her life any worse. The moment she thought it, she knew she would regret it; and she did.
Wow. That was brutal...yet beautiful. I love an author that can really make me feel what I'm reading and Juli Valenti did exactly that, this book had me in tears several times. Right from the start BAM pain like a knife in the chest-she completely destroys you before slowly piecing your heart back together again. Mothers be warned, this will gut you.
Jessie has lived in the same small town her entire life. Married to her high school sweetheart with a newborn son, she has everything she's ever wanted and life is pretty perfect....til it all gets brutally ripped away overnight.
She cried for herself, for her loss, for her grief and unwillingness to live. She cried for every dream she had, all of which had been shattered into unrecognizable pieces. She screamed her hurt to the sky, demanding an answer to the endless 'why me?' questions running through her head. She'd had everything she'd ever dreamt of, ever wanted, and in two short weeks, she'd lost it all. She was nothing and had nothing to give, nothing but her many fallen tears.
Devastated and broken, she packs up and flees the ghosts surrounding her and attempts to start over. In a new town, with a new job, in a new apartment, she is doing nothing more than surviving. Living day to day, drowning in her guilt and heartbreak, she's just a shell of the girl she once was.
Til she meets him....
“Jessie, from the moment I first saw you, walking home from the diner, I knew I had to meet you. You looked so sad, so lost in your own thoughts, and I felt this draw to you, this inner demand to see you smile. I had some urging instinct that if I could just get you to laugh, the world would stop turning and the night would never be dark.”
Dominick is relentless in his pursuit of Jessie, try as she might, she can't seem to shake him and soon realizes she doesn't really want to. But she is very afraid to let anyone get too close to her again, she knows how quickly loved ones can be torn away from you. Dominick knows Jessie is suffering but won't push her in to telling him why til she's ready, he wants her to open to him in her own time. With everlasting patience and understanding, he does whatever he can to try to piece Jessie back together again. The question is, will Jessie let him or is she damaged beyond repair?
“You said you're ruined. You're not ruined, Jessie...you're just a little broken,” he whispered, kissing her forehead. “You have to live past the guilt you feel. I know that nothing I say will show you how to do it, but each day, you have to, or you will disappear.”
I was in complete awe of Jessie. After everything life dealt her, she refused to give up even when that’s all she wanted to do. I loved that the author didn't turn her into an overnight 'I'm all better now!' character, I've seen that too many times and with Jessie's circumstances that would have irritated me beyond belief. Dominick stole my heart. Sooo very very sweet, kind, patient and caring but oh so very sexy and commanding when necessary wink-wink. He really was exactly what she needed in her life. Mr. C and Toni were amazing secondary characters and people you would want in your life. I really just loved everything about this book, even when it was tearing me up. The author just buried you so far into the story, you lived it-tears, giggles, blushes and everything in between. She has definitely made a fan outta me.
I now know that no day is guaranteed to us. No breath, no feeling, no touch is guaranteed. Everything can be gone in a flash. You've taught me to live like there is no tomorrow because there very well may not be.
Daughtry- Gone Too Soon
Linkin Park- Castle of Glass
Vast- You Destroy Me
Placebo- Running up that Hill
A Perfect Circle- Vanishing
Switchfoot- Dare You to Move
Coldplay- The Scientist
Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars)- Safe and Sound
HIM- Heaven Tonight
Barlow Girl- Never Alone (acoustic)
Hoobastank- Running Away
Dixie Chicks- Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)
Enigma- Gravity of Love
Tyler Wards and Two Worlds- Roar (Acoustic Cover)
About The Author...
Juli Valenti grew up in Arkansas and currently resides in Florida with her husband and two boys.
Working a full time job, as well as owning her own editing company, along with a full time family,
her life is crazy but she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Juli is currently working on several other true-life inspired novels.