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As You Turn Away

(The Walker Boys #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  111 reviews
She yearns to take a leap back into his arms—but only if he can convince her they'll make it to forever this time.

With a life as a ballerina in New York City—and the freedom she craved while growing up in a small Southern town—Quinn Reynolds seems to have everything she's ever wanted. But it's all built on a painful past she can't outrun. Desperate to make peace with her
Published March 1st 2014 by Molli Moran (first published February 26th 2014)
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Molli Moran
Dec 17, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: tissues-required
No rating from me because I would be hopelessly biased....but this book saved me. It HEALED me. I fell in love with the characters and the friendships and romances. I think I learned more about love while writing AS YOU TURN AWAY. There's friendship and kissing and swoons and humor but mostly, HEART. I hope AS YOU TURN AWAY touches at least one reader the way it did me while I wrote it.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

"Happiness isn't in being strong or alone or angry. Happiness isn't in the past. Happiness is found as you turn away from the past and toward the future you make"

As You Turn Away was an intense, emotional read for me. This book follows the story of Quinn and Jonah. Quinn left home at the age of 18 after years of trying ,but failing to be the perfection her mother demanded. She was suffocating, lost and couldn't stay home a moment longer. Her decision to leave home was any
Karina Ramirez
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, arc
4 Stars!

This book was super adorable and sweet!
A second chance at love

Quinn is off living in NYC and pursuing her dream as a ballerina when she comes home for her first awkward family gathering. Her parents are far from the loving folks she remembers before her dad made it big as an attorney. Now her family life revolves around stuffy social events and her mother trying to set her up with "Mr. Right". To bad she met "Mr. Right" back in High School in the form of Jonah Walker. The middle child
Ritika Chhabra
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Thank you Netgalley for a digital copy of this book.

"I'm always here. For the good days, the bad, and the in-between. You are my forever, and I'm here for every part of it."

What can I say about As you Turn Away that hasn't already been said? It is a perfect love story, a story of Jonah and Quinn and the story that took my idea for love to a whole new level. I guess I have these romance novels to blame for my increasing standards of boys that I ca
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really liked this amazing heartfelt story of first love and what tore them apart and how they came back together. The relationships throughout this book really hit close to home for me, especially Quinn's relationship with Jonah's family. I just found it really coincidental how they both happened to be back in town at the same time at the start of the book. They both only returned for a short time and they run into each other. And why is it that all MCs come from small towns? Just so reunions ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review
Originally posted at City of Books

Happiness isn’t in being strong or alone or angry. Happiness isn’t in the past. Happiness is found as you turn away from the past and toward the future you make.

As You Turn Away is Molli's debut novel, and I think she's done such an amazing job with it. It's definitely one of the most emotional books I've read - I don't tend to read many books like this. But I loved the simplicity in the setting, and the characters' interactions.

I loved that Quinn and Jonah's pa
Mickey Reed
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ereader, 2014
I have to start off this review by saying how proud I am of the author for writing this beautiful novel. I saw bits and pieces of this come together through her social media status updates, and I was lucky enough to be given a beta copy (although my life fell apart shortly after and I was unable to come through for her, which saddens me, but I'm okay with this, and you'll see why). Molli is an amazing spirit, and I'm blessed to call her a friend. With that said, here's my totally honest review. ...more
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Well this for me was a very sweet read , it was quite sad as well but i really enjoyed the history that Quinn and Jonah shared . And although they went through some heartache together they still cared for each other greatly .i loved how Jonah was with Quinn i mean he was a bit stubborn at times but so was Quinn .
But they cope with each others problems and they learn that sometimes the imperfections in things are the things that make things so perfect
So i give it 4 amazing stars

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Shelly Schulz
It’s a bittersweet story of good girl meets baddish boy and they fall in love and break each other’s hearts. Our story picks up after not seeing each other for four years, finding themselves back in their small town in Georgia. Tragedy brings them together once more, and I like the slow build of their relationship.

There’s a down home genuine southern feeling to this story. I felt as though I was coming home along with the two main characters. It’s a great read, a wonderful story and I like that
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2nd-chance, arc
3.5 stars. This was a really good second chance romance about coming home and facing your past. This book was really emotional and shows the strength of forgiveness. Quinn wasn't my favorite heroine but I really enjoyed this book. I really loved the ending - it was perfect for this book. Looking forward to reading more about the Walker brothers in this series.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**
I made it through five chapters of allusions to some crazy blow up between the mc's without the story. Five chapters of not understanding their motivations or reactions. It didn't help that the writing style was way too much tell and that the overall effect was new adulty in the worst way. In the end I wasn't interested enough to keep trying to get in tune with these characters or care about their story. Dnf
Oct 29, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
As You Turn Away

A sweet second chance romance full of love, forgiveness and courage. I enjoyed the story and the characters as they worked on rebuilding their relationship together.
Lauren Rosolino
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-romance-na
4.5 Stars!

I have to say that I knew as soon as I saw that gorgeous cover that I was going to be hooked on this book. Then I read the blurb, and I knew I had to read it. Plus, it's set in the south, so this northern girl was sold.

For her debut novel, Molli absolutely blew me away. I was honestly losing faith in my beloved NA Romance genre (it's like the same story over and over and OVER again), but As You Turn Away is fresh, lovable, intense, emotional, and so so real.

Basically, it was like a p
Theresa Alberts
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
As You Turn Away by Molli Moran was a story about coming home and facing the difficult reasons that led to leaving in the first place. Molli Moran writes of loves lost & later found, of the ties that bind a family together, and reasons that tear it apart causing the members to fight their way back in the fold again. This story was heartwarming and emotionally moving and I was unable to put it down until I reached the very last page. I would rate this book 4 stars and encourage others to read As ...more
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I was given this book for an honest review

This was a book about second chances and that is exactly what Jonah and Quinn got. I loved this book from beginning to end and although this was a love story it wasn't to sappy and it had points in it where all you could say was dog why did that have to happen. I loved the fact that both main characters had major issues and I also loved the supporting characters. I can't wait to read more from this series and see what all happens
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book gives me hope for the New Adult genre. There was a great emphasis on having a healthy relationship and not depending solely on another person, which is sometimes overlooked with this kind of love story. The book was really well balanced. It was funny and poignant, but the author kept things from becoming overly dramatic. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars! A really emotional and full of friendships and family struggles and family support, with a lovely romance!
Shae Petersen
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Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Beautifully written and full of emotion, As You Turn Away, will leave you breathless. Charmingly sweet and romantic, you'll find yourself getting wrapped up in such a gorgeous love story brimming with self-discovery, courage, and bravery."

See full review below, as posted to Amazon.

If you haven't read As You Turn Away yet, then I urge you all to pick a copy of this gorgeous novel. I promise you will not be disappointed by this inspiring and captivating story full of love, hope, and forgiven
Tiffany Do
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
* Thanks to the author who gave me a free e-copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. *

After feeling as though she's been suffocated by her family and everything around her in her hometown of Georgia, Quinnlan Reynolds escapes this oppression to the lively busy state of New York in order to start over and live her dreams. After being heartbroken by Quinn, Jonah Walker left everything behind in Georgia in search of something that would suppress all of his pain. After a few years, bot
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

I will admit, I have a serious soft spot for country boys with their unique sensibilities and charm. There is also a certain appeal of a guy that gets his muscles from working a farm instead of working out in a gym that is hard to beat. That being said, AS YOU TURN AWAY caught my attention pretty quick.

The Characters: Sitting down to write this review, I realized somet
Liliana Diaconescu
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received the book in exchange of an honest review.

I liked the book, mainly Miss Moran's way with the words, she is a talented story teller and finds always the right word, the right touch which goes to pull the strings to the reader's heart.

The subject of the book is the bitter-sweet love story between Quinn and Jonah, the perfect teenage first love that ends with their broken hearts, due to Quinn's major family problems and miscommunication between young lovers. Rewind four years later, unde
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Are you sure this is a new adult story? Because it is unlike any NA novel I've read as of late.

Jonah and Quinn are relative characters. Anyone can connect with them. They have family issues, make rash decisions, do things they regret for years. They're afforded a second chance at a love that lay dormant during their separation. They have a chance to mend broken relationships with family members that, in turn, give them each the strength to do what's right in their own relationship.

The format of
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance, kindle, 2014
Note: Molli and I met online, and as a friend before I became a fan of her writing, my review might be influenced by my fondness for her. :)

I was really excited when I found out Molli was self-publishing her book-a novel I had tracked the writing of on various social media sites. Unfortunately, real life responsibilities and obligations kept me from reading the book until now. Being on vacation, I made sure to bring my copy with me so I could read and hopefully finish the book while away. I ende
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

As You Turn Away is the story of Quinnlan Reynolds and Jonah Walker. The story begins with Quinn returning home for a visit with her parents. She is very apprehensive and especially worried about the judgement and criticism she knows she will receive from her mother. Quinn has been living in New York for the past four years and is a ballet dancer. Her encounter with her mother unfortunately goes as she expected. She is surprised though to find fath
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: group-review
This was a really wonderful story full of great characters. One of my favorite things about the book was how the chapters went back and forth between Jonah and Quinn present day and in the past when they were dating. As readers, we are told from the very beginning that both Quinn and Jonah broke up and left town after graduation. They fought with each other and both said very hurtful things, but we're not told why it all transpired. Slowly, over the course of the book we find out what happened a ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
'As You Turn Away' was a beautiful New Adult novel about love, family, friends and seconds chances. It was a really sweet and heartwarming story and I really did enjoy it a lot!

The book tells the story of Quinn and Jonah who haven't seen each other for years after a break up. Both characters return to their hometown where tragedy brings them together and not only do they have to face their relationship but also their friends and family.

I liked Quinn, she was a great character. At first, I could
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I read the synopsis I really just thought this would be one of those sweet stories where two people who once loved one another, meet several years later and find that they never stopped loving each other and you get a warm feeling in your heart and all is well in the world. While As You Turn Away does contain said situation, that is only a small part of the love story of Jonah and Quinn. Jonah and Quinn not only turned their backs on each other, but their families as well. The story isn't j ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

As You Turn Away tells us the story of Quinn Reynolds and Jonah Walker. After a bad break up they haven't seen or spoken to each other in 4 years. The story starts when they both return to their hometown for different reasons. A tragedy in Quinn's life pushes Jonah into feeling like he has to see her besides still feeling like she abandoned him. Both characters have a journey to go through in this book, not only in their relationship
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Molli Moran was born and raised in the South, and brings a love of all things small-town to her romances. She grew up with her nose in a book and her head in the clouds, and not much has changed since then. Molli found her own happily-ever-after on the West Coast. Give her Kay and coffee, and you’ve never seen a happier person. Other things she loves include road trips, the ocean, and Captain Amer ...more

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