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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Two men are vying for a place in Lydia Strong’s life. Desmond has solid ties from her distant past, while Aiden is only concerned about being her future. But right now, party-girl Lydia has lost herself in a shot glass and dozens of one night stands. She’s forgotten her own worth and she’s plummeting toward the rock bottom of her life.
While Des and Aiden compete to create
Published April 27th 2014 by Cornerstone Publishing LLC (first published April 24th 2014)
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Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*****10 Stars *****

This is probably the hardest review I have ever had to write. I finished Stronger about two weeks ago and have steered clear ever since. I needed time to absorb everything and get my emotions situated. How do you sum up a book that is so powerful and full of heart? I practically highlighted the whole book! How do you do it justice when the story and characters are so real that you WANT them to be real so that you can tell them how you feel.So that you find out if they are o.k
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH MY WORD!! Misty Provencher has blown me away with this book. WOW!!
This story is amazing and brilliantly written. Misty has created a beautiful yet gut wrenching tale of strength, passion, and discovery.
I immediately loved Lydia. She was one screwed up woman that lived her life on the edge.
Always having a drink in hand and a man in her bed, she was living it up according to her.
But things aren't always what they appear. Lydia has a torturous past that, in her mind, damages her future. I was t
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! This book has some highs and lows, and the lows are dark! You cannot help but fall in love with Lydia and quickly be drawn to her world. Lydia could be your neighbor, your friend, or perhaps even yourself. She is a young woman with a heartbreaking past and a future that doesn't look much brighter.

What I Like About this Book: I enjoyed getting to know each character, regardless of their role in the story. I've often stated that just because I don't like a character doesn't mean
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Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Welcome to the riveting world of Lydia Strong, a woman spiraling down the wells of addiction. A novel completely unique and jarring, in amazing ways, Stronger pulls readers in, making Provencher’s tantalizing story the readers’ own addiction. Definitely one of my top ten reads of the year, Stronger is an extremely real, well written story that is not to be missed. Intense, passionate, real; this novel will leave readers breathless as
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good read. Took me a while to really feel like I was into the story and characters so I put it aside, read another book, then came back to it and the story finally clicked for me and I had a hard time putting it down. I've kind of been in a reading slump lately so I'm sure it was just me not relating and not the writing. What a surprise this story line took! I would love to read a sequel! I want more Aiden and (the new version) Lydia! What a powerful story of turning your life around and overc ...more
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great! Loved it! There were some parts of this that really disturbed me (like Desmond). The rest was a good story about finding yourself again, and not being defined by someone else and their expectations of you.

Jenna Talia !
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a sad story about two people struggling with addiction. As a reader who also is an alcoholic that has been sober for almost 2 years, this story was inspirational! I loved it and I loved the characters :)
Bookworm Betties
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

*****10  Stars *****

This is probably the hardest review I have ever had to write. I finished Stronger about two weeks ago and have steered clear ever since. I needed time to absorb everything and get my emotions situated. How do you sum up a book that is so powerful and full of heart? I practically highlighted the whole book! How do you do it justice when the story and chara
Felicia Shelton
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the fastest I have read a book since I read Capture's Temperance by BSM Stoneking. This book kept me reading, had my rooting for Lydia because at some point in your life you will battle something. Whether it be sex, drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety or a mix of them all. The way she describes her pain as numbness is nothing more than true. The way she builds the relationship with Aiden is perfect. The whole time you are watching them fall in love, while she is still married to the bigg ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ok then! This threw me for a loop! I wasn’t expecting that! I didn’t see what Lydia was at first! It wasn’t until Lydia heard it through the walls that I really figured it out! Lydia is an alcoholic! She is also a broken and lost girl!

Lydia is married. Yep you read that right! She is also has a three date rule, with sex. She sees a man has a date with him with sex involved and then drops him. She drinks to numb her pain. Her pain is to dull her heart and deny any happiness she may find. Because
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Warning, this book might contain triggers for certain readers.

***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.***

We meet Lydia as she’s bringing a man home from the bar. Mr. Fizzy Punch. She has dating rules. Only three dates, no matter how awesome they are. Especially if they’re awesome, actually. She is a party girl. She would rather party than anything else. But she really doesn’t like her partying ways. Not really. There’s some deep, dark stuff goi
Sydney Hopke
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read that book and you're like this is good and then as you get further into the book you're like no this is great? Well this is one of those books. Lydia hangs out, picks up guys (even has categories she puts them in) and never goes past her 3 date rule. Then there are those days she dresses for work and meets up with Des. Then Aiden moves in next door and everything changes.

This book is about a girl who finds out what it means to be Stronger then she ever thought. It's about choi
Jackie -Sated Faery
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, non-paranormal
Wow! This was such an amazing story of overcoming addiction! Lydia had it all, in the superficial party world that she lived in. She was beautiful, loved to get drunk and have a good time, and pretty much had her pick of any guy in the bar. But sex and alcohol cannot fill the void that burns a deep hole in her chest. Behind her apartment door, things aren't always as pretty as they seem on the outside. Among the men in her life, only 2 have any affect on her and stick around long enough for her ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book, I loved Lydia, she didn't care what anybody thought about her, she was all about having a good time.
But behind closed doors things were so different.

She would drink to forget what an awful life she had, how her husband treated her, and how she relied on him. But then a new neighbour moves in but he too is battling an addiction.

Picking up guys most nights was her usual routine but she doesn't let anyone get close but when one goes horribly wrong, she rethinks her w
Ashley Cestra
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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WOWZA! Never have I ever read about such an in depth struggle with alcohol abuse before! This was FANTASTIC. I loved how spunky the main female character is.. Her personality and come back lines were a real breathe of fresh air!
The detail and validity in experiences Misty Provencher used in her writing were SPOT ON and very realistic! There was quite range of character personalities and it fit the story perfectly! ( I loved the neighbor lady)
The storyline was EXCELLENT! My only issues were wit
Joanna Kae Berry
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So far this is my favorite book by Misty. I loved the ups and downs and was absolutely surprised by a certain person's forgiveness and the ability to see humanity. I absolutely love the message that this book portrays. We can always be "stronger than whatever that is" and that sometimes you do need others to help you realize that, but sometimes you also need to get rid of some things, or even people, from your life to understand that as well. I would definitely recommend this book to others who ...more
Aracely P
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One again Misty Provencher has surprised me. This story was so unexpected, and I savor end every word in two days. Come on! I am a mother and I have to go to work or else it would have been read in a day. I laughed a little at the nosey neighbor Mrs. Lowtz, she's that unexpected friend and you are thankful to a friend like her. Lydia's loneliness is so palpable, living in a haze like this and not knowing that their are people that exist in your life that won't give up. To eventually have a place ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-read
this story was kinda unexpected for me, i was thinking i'll be reading a romance novel but what i dont know is i will be reading a lot more than that, this gives me insight on what alcohol does to people (i never was drunk in my life and i only been tipsy once) so to read this in this characters point of view. it was such a fantastic read and it clutches at my heart and make me just feel each feeling the character was having. This is quite a gem of a book in so many ways that i would recommend p ...more
Kelly Young
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I'm not sure I can put my love for this book into words. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but I knew it would be great because of who wrote it. And it blew me away. Living a secret life she never expected, Lydia Strong turns to alcohol and men to flush away her pain. Until a new neighbor shows up and changes the game. Can he help her save herself? Or will she fall back into the depths of her secrets. This book was a phenomenal and easy read. I couldn't put it down and wanted mor
Chris Honegger
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book with a very real story. Lydia has the life that a lot of us think we worries except where the next drink is coming from and which good looking man is going to buy it. Then feelings start to get in the way and she realises that it's not all that she wants and this is not living. I cried along with her as she makes the hardest decision of her life - to stay the course of the familiar or take the path of the unknown.
If you have ever been addicted to anything in you
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! So many people on this planet struggle with addiction, this really could be any ones story. Misty creates characters the are so real that you want to help them, be their friend. Great read thank you Misty!
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dear God. I loved it, I have to come up with review but I'm just not sure how to explain what I'm feeling or felt as I read.... I can say now, this is one of those books I don't understand why more people are to reading it. So a better review to come
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!! I couldn't put it down. Misty Provencher is such a talented writer, if you haven't picked up and read one of her books do it now!!!! :)
Review to come. :)
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