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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Bereaved bride Abby Clark is tortured by visions of the fatal crash that took her fiancé on their wedding day. She succumbs to a dark existence where loneliness, sadness and nightmares dwell; until handsome, brooding Bryce Holden walks through the door of her favorite coffee shop, wearing the same cloak of despair and grief. Abby discovers in Bryce someone who understands ...more
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Published September 4th 2013
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"I never believed I could fall this madly in love with anyone again, but I am truly, madly in love with you."

No one could understand what Abby is going through, how could they, they didn’t lose their fiance the day of their wedding, never living with the chance to be his wife and enjoy growing old together. But one Saturday in her favorite coffee shop, she looks into the eyes of an equally haunted man, who knew what it was like to live without the one you love. Starting off as strange
Aestas Book Blog
Oct 15, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: soon
I love the sound of this one! Plus, it's a standalone :)

Bereaved bride Abby Clark is tortured by visions of the fatal crash that took her fiancé on their wedding day. She succumbs to a dark existence where loneliness, sadness and nightmares dwell; until handsome, brooding Bryce Holden walks through the door of her favorite coffee shop, wearing the same cloak of despair and grief. Abby discovers in Bryce someone who understands love and loss, and soon their close friendship grows into a deep lo
Lori Clark
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved Abby. And who wouldn't want their very own Bryce? This book is about loss and proves that just when you believe you're destined to be alone for the rest of your life -- perhaps have even convinced yourself that's okay -- love walks though the door unexpectedly. It can happen anywhere, any time. Abby and Bryce are two broken people, trying to cope with the terrible tragedy of having lost the people they love, their soul mates, in separate circumstances. I think when lov ...more
Jannat Bhat
Strangers is a book about exactly what the title says. Two strangers who have lost themselves by losing their loved ones forever. Abby lost her to-be husband to a tragic accident on the day she was suppose to be married to him and start her happy ever afterlife and Bryce lost his Emily to cancer.
When fate brings them together in a coffee shop they couldn't help but connect to each other the way they haven't been able to since the death of the love of their lives. They become real close friends
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the debut novel by A.L. Parks and for a first book, she did an amazing job! Strangers is a heart-wrenching story that takes us down the road of Abby and Bryce who both experienced terrible losses in their lives. We see their despair, sorrow, and loneliness. We see how they struggle in their daily lives, believing that they have no future after such gut-wrenching pasts. Then when you least expect it, the author shows us how someone can come into your life and make you believe again. Parks ...more
Anne OK
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Fate serves two strangers a second chance at love. Abby’s fiancé was killed on their wedding day and cancer took the life of Bryce’s wife. Both are suffering their losses deeply and not expecting to find someone who will both understand and offer a lending hand in friendship.

This was a story loaded with emotion. The pace was set to allow for the relationship between Abby and Bryce to move their second chance at love forward naturally and realistically. Although bittersweet with a little slice o
L.L. Collins
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great first novel by AL Parks. I received an ARC for an honest review. You wouldn't know that she hasn't published before. Right off the bat, I like that she has character depth with the two main characters. They become friends first, which we don't see happen very often in most of this genre's books. The supporting characters also are well developed.

There are some terrible things that happen to both main characters in their past, and it affects their moving forward greatly. Twists an
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, arc
I've received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Well... OhmyLerd... I've finished this within a day and that's just how hooked I am into it. Cried the whole time. I cried for their heart breaking past, cried for their stubbornness, cried for Bryce getting cold, cried for the ending. Cried cried cried.

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Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Darcey Pickett
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By: AL Parks

Love blooms from grief…

Grief is a cruel emotion that steals happiness and brings despair. Abby is beautiful, young and on the verge of her happily ever after. Fate steps in and deals a cruel hand on what was to be the most romantic day of her life. From the depths of her depressions, she steps out on that fateful anniversary to do as she has done for the last few years, spending time at the local coffee shop, planning the rest of the emotionally draining day’s events. Gazing
Elizabeth (Perusing Princesses)
This book was emotional and lovely! I cried sad sobbing tears in the first few pages....

Abby....Sweet Abby.... She is dressed in her wedding gown...waiting in the brides room in the church... Her dream come true... To be married to Trevor... Her love... Her future... And the a nightmare, a true heart wrenching nightmare happens....

Bryce.... Oh perfect....and perfectly flawed Bryce.... He suffers his own heartbreak as well....

Enter a coffee shop and a chance meeting between them.... And this is
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Strangers is A.L. Parks first novel. It's a great read.
The main characters Abby and Bryce are very well written. Both have suffered great losses and this book follows them through coming to terms with their grief and finding new love.
In the first chapter, A.L. Parks pull you right into the book and you won't want to put it down until you are done. When reading you may want to have tissues handy.
Strangers is an amazing story that you definitely should you read.
Stephanie Albright
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing first work! The characters are very well developed. The story grabs you from the first page and takes you on a wonderful journey of of healing and self-discovery. I was cheering for these two people to find happiness and peace! This story will make you cry, smile and laugh out loud!
I can't wait for the next book by this talented author.
Trisha ❊ Devoured Words
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
A sweet book about second chances. Giving the power to live after losing your fiance to a tragic accident. Giving the reason to move on and smile after losing your wife. Finding comfort from one another from friendship to all consuming love. You meet as strangers until there is nothing left that they don't know of one another.
Leigh Sughrue
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I became emotionally involved with these characters so quickly. I laughed, cried, screamed and cried some more. You had me completely captivated. This is a great first novel by A.L. Parks. I will be impatiently waiting for the next one!
Bekah Smith
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is utterly amazing!! Had me gripped from the start. I felt the emotions of the characters along with them. I felt a connection fro the beginning. Must read!!!!
Anne Parks
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always found it strange that my favorite book is a classic romance novel I read when I was barely a teen yet for some odd reason I was never big on the romance genre. Ten years ago, you couldn’t pay me to read a romance novel. I never actually considered myself a big fan, but as I got a little older I developed a love and appreciation for romance. This book made me remember why I fell in love with a good romance. For me, reading is an escape from reality. I get to delve into a different world ...more
Kathie (katmom)
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
I was impressed with this debut novel. Ms. Parks certainly knows how to tug our heartstrings.

Bryce and Abby have both lived through horrible losses. He lost his wife to cancer and she lost her groom on their wedding day in a traffic accident. Their hurt is like a rain cloud that follows them through life.

When they meet there is an instant connection borne of seeing the loss that they both wear. But the connection goes beyond that. Their hearts are touched as friends. But slowly that becomes mor
Book Junky Girls
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A terrible tragidy stripped Abby of everything she thought she ever wanted on the day she was supposed to get. Four years later Abby is still greaving the death of her fiance on their wedding day which also happend to be Valientines day. While sitting at a coffee shop on that horrible day in walk Bryce. With one look they both see the pain of loss within each other and become friends. Throughout the following weeks and months they both finally begin to heal from the sadness that enveloped both t ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 4 stars

Strangers is AL's debut novel and what a fantastic ride it was. Abby and Bryce meet as strangers at a coffee shop and little do they know that their feelings of grief and sorrow are a mutual connection between them. The whirlwind of emotions and the fear to take the next step forward is relatable in many of our lives. Our mind can play tricks on us, thinking we're ready to move on and then something may trigger us and we ne
Laura Carson
****This book was part of a blog tour I was given an ARC for my honest review****
Abby Clark is haunted by the memory of her wedding day. The day that was supposed to be one of a girl’s best days of her life, until she got the call her fiancé was in an accident and it all changed. Still struggling years later fate intervenes and she meets another lost soul in a coffee shop. Bryce Holden may have known he could lose his wife to cancer but it doesn't make his demons any less than Abby, or things an
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This book mysteriously showed up at the front of my Carousel on my Kindle so I took it as some kind of sign that I needed to read it (the author said it had been revised and reedited so I assume that is why it had been reloaded my Kindle.

This was a very nice romantic story about two people whose lives had been torn apart by losing their loved ones. The h's fiancé as killed on the way to the church the day of the wedding, and the H's wife died of cancer a few years ago. These two, mour
Jamie Rhodes
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I downloaded this book as a freebie. What a pleasant surprise! This is the story of how Bryce and Abby met. They both have lost their special someone to death before they even meet. They build a friendship for a year before their feelings start to change. There were times that I wanted to shake both of them. I can't imagine how they must have felt losing their loves, but now they have another chance with each other. Bryce has a harder time than Abby. I really wanted to shake him during part of t ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
We have all been through grief in one form or another, and each one of us reacts differently.

Loosing your soon to be husband on your wedding day, how drastic and overwhelming is that! Something that will stay with your for a lifetime.

Meeting a stranger in a Coffee shop unexpectedly sets the scene for the slow moving, sure to be love that will surely come from this book. But the twists and turns in it, I was wondering if they will ever, ever get together.

Two people, brought together in grief, sh
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm really at a loss of how to rate and review this particular book.

It was good. It was so damn sweet at times that I think I received my first ever cavities. But, it was a dragger. In some portions of the book, towards the middle, it just drug along in the story. I mean, it is a one-booker so I shouldn't be complaining too much. But, I just have complete mixed feelings.

The sex senses start out as non-existent. Then the progress, almost like the author has built courage to actually write the eve
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Strangers is story of finding love, and yourself, after tragedy. Life is never easy, and so I always enjoy stories I can connect with. Parks characters are believable, flawed, and realistic. I read this book over two evenings. It was a very easy read. I felt for both Abby and Bryce in their struggle to find a way through their doubts and pain and to fall in love again. I've read some teasers from Parks next book and I am very excited to read it. I think this is just the beginning for this author ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a sweet love story! Bryce was super! Loved him! I like how their relationship started and continued. Not too much "aggravation" in the story from outsiders but only inside grief that the characters needed to learn how to handle. I liked the secondary characters just as much. This was a very good book to sit and enjoy..I read this in a day if not sooner...I could see why they had their struggles with certain situations and I loved what the dreams meant to them in the story. Very good love st ...more
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