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Ten years is a long time when you’re thirty-two. We’d seen our share of ups and downs, but I could honestly say they were mostly up.

That’s the thing about happiness though. It lulls you into a false sense of security. I’m sure neither one of us thought we’d ever be touched by crippling loss or immeasurable grief. But not all stories have a happy ending and I knew better than anyone that sometimes, one of you won’t make it till the end. One of you has to go first. And one of you…

Will be left behind to pick up the pieces.

And that’s me.

But starting over isn’t at all what I thought it would be. I needed escape from the memories that plagued me, reminded me. So I went back to where it all began. To the town where I was born. To the place whose beauty could pierce my pain. Where I experienced my first kiss, where I fell in love, where a man was my earth. And I…

Was his sky.

206 pages, ebook

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J.B. Hartnett

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Julie is a southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably a romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin)and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she might be a singer/songwriter. The 'writer' part is that one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with Pi...the equation and the food. She's allergic to cats, cantaloupe and hates mushrooms. So if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.

She currently lives with her romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.

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2,161 reviews7,561 followers
September 16, 2016
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TITLE: Watching the Sky Cry
AUTHOR: J.B. Hartnett
CHAPTERS: Prologue | 22 | Epilogue
RELEASE DATE: September 2016

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WATCHING THE SKY CRY: Spoken in Riley's own words, retelling the happiest times of her life when her husband Nick proposed, to getting married, buying their first house, and doing it up room by room, only to have it all come crumbling down around them, life finally at a snails pace two years later goes back to normal only for her to be shaken to her core and left standing alone and grief stricken to the bone.

She knows for her to move on she needs to sell up the house that was brought with love and carry on with living as best she can. And to do that she's going back home.

The first few chapters are fast moving from happiness to grief in the blink of an eye your left with whiplash and a heavy heart with the pain she's left alone to suffer in.

This is a second chance romance, so when she reconnects with Quintin all those fluffy feels will come at you, it's not an easy road for these two, it's rocky and bumpy but things that are worth it usually are.

You know that leaky eye syndrome some of us get when reading an emotional book, more than once I've had to stop, wipe and breathe and carry on, an emotional rollercoaster of tears dripping down my face, my heart breaks for what she endured with her losses then when she reconnects with Quintin again after all these years apart, the leaky tears went dripping down my face again, so so beautifully written, I knew reading the synopsis it was going to be like this but for the author to actually deliver me those feels has me connected 100% with the storyline, the characters, everything the author wanted me to feel, yep I felt it.
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520 reviews145 followers
September 16, 2016
ARC kindly provided by TRSOR promotions for my hones review.

Great second chance romance about hope, love and healing!

Right after reading this blurb I knew this will be an emotional read, so I prepared myself.
It's real, raw and angsty.

Sometimes, there are good people who are dealt a bad hand by fate, and Riley is one of them.

Two years after her beloved husband Nick passed away, she is still mourning.
From the very beginning you can picture her as half the woman she used to be.
She is a young woman who endured and lost so much in her lifetime.
I felt so bad for her, because her sole existence was tragic, even though she was trying really hard to move on. After she finally decided to leave her blues behind, she finds herself back home, in a place where she is reconnected with her first love - Quentin.

At times, some people find themselves in the right place at the right time.
They meet people who are able to heal them. I guess, you can say these two characters were meant to meet again,and be a part of each other's lives.
Now and then bad things can lead you to something new, and in many cases there will be a positive outcome.
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Author 131 books2,230 followers
September 18, 2016
An emotional journey and I wouldn't have it any other way. This is my first book by J.B. Hartnett and I am already looking for the next one. This book was everything you want in a heart wrenching, emotionally driven, incredibly beautiful read.

The words were filled with sadness, hope, love, despair, and every other emotion in between. When you start this book, you're pulled into Riley's world and you're not released until the very last page because you're not only the reader, you become her friend, you become her confidant, and you feel every single thing she does.

When Quentin steps into the picture all bets are off and if you thought you were an emotional wreck before, you'll need another few boxes of tissues. I love second chance romances, and this didn't disappoint.

Tears, tears, and more tears later I'm still sitting here with a book hangover like no other because I felt for both these characters in such a way, I'm sure I was going through everything they did.

If you want an incredible story about second chance love, pain, heartache, but ultimately strength and moving forward, then you NEED to one click this. You will not regret it!
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85 reviews36 followers
October 17, 2016
4 Stars
“I love you. I’ve loved you since I understood what the word meant. I love who you are now, who you were then. And I’m gonna love you no matter what happens tomorrow, or next week, or next year.”

I really enjoyed this book by J.b Hartnett its my first book by this author and I have to say this is a great powerful emotional read that had me at times feeling sad, happy, overwhelmed and in the end loving every word this author wrote.
I cant say much about this book because I dont want to spoil it But its a must read if you love strong emotional books that will pull on your heart. If you loved Brittney c cherry the air he breaths you will love this book. I will be reading more from this author.

“You have always and will always be my first. My first love, the first girl I ever kissed, the first girl I ever touched. The mind is a powerful thing, and I know for a fact the fantasy of you will always be better than the reality of anyone else. You are my heart. You are my saviour. You are my sky.”
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2,395 reviews205 followers
September 22, 2016
I really struggled with this story. I felt a real disconnect with the characters and storyline (s). So many things/events happened in this book but they are almost skimmed over which made it hard for me to really feel anything but confusion.

I like a second chance love story but I felt that the author threw so much angst, drama and plot lines
into this that I got distracted from real story between Quentin & Rylie. In my opinion, this book should have been about them with the other characters in the background.

Some of the other characters issues could have been in a completely separate book, Miles' story would have been interesting on it's own but it was meshed into this and as a reader I felt like I am missing out on what could have potentially been a really good read.

I see that there are many 5 star reviews here already but for this book, that hasn't been my experience - we all have very different reading experiences I guess.
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2,870 reviews931 followers
September 26, 2016
4.5 emotional, second-chance stars

Wow, I loved this book! Heartbreaking, emotional and dramatic with a beautiful second-chance-romance, this book captured me from the very beginning, and I absolutely loved it!

Rylie was living a wonderfully happy life until a twist of fate saw everything change. Slowly and painfully, she lost everything and she was left all alone and unable to deal with her grief. Two years later and she’s finally hit rock bottom, and with no idea where to turn and desperate for a fresh start, she returns to the last place she remembers being happy – the country town where she spent her childhood summers, and likewise, the place where she fell in love and had her heart broken for the first time.

Rylie and Quentin were best friends. Whenever Rylie was in town, they were constantly together, and they wrote to each other when they were apart. They shared their lives, their secrets, and their hearts, but a misunderstanding and the naivety of youth tore them apart. Now, 20 years later, Rylie is back in town and it doesn’t take too long before she runs into the first man that ever owned her heart.

You have always and will always be my first. My first love, the first girl I ever kissed, the first girl I ever touched. The mind is a powerful thing, and I know for a fact the fantasy of you will always be better than the reality of anyone else. You are my heart. You are my saviour. You are my sky.

Quentin is all kinds of awesome. Gorgeous, strong and alpha, he is a man who knows what he wants, and what he wants, is Rylie.

“I was too young to understand what letting you go meant when I was eighteen. Now I know, and I don’t plan on giving up this time.”

This is an amazing second chance romance! It’s been 20 years since Rylie and Quentin have seen each other. They’ve both lived their own lives and there is a lot that they need to overcome, but at the same time their bond has never really been severed, and the connection they share is still very much evident.

“I came here because, for me, no matter how much it hurt the last time I left all those years ago, it feels like…home.”
He crossed the room to me, opened his hand, and placed it palm flat against my chest as his voice cracked. “My home is here,” he said.

There is no game playing here. Rylie and Quentin are up-front and honest about what they are feeling and what they want, and it is fantastically refreshing and wonderful to read. Of course it’s emotional and intense, but there’s also a sense of fun and friendship between them, and that, mixed with their incredible chemistry, makes every moment they have together absolutely sensational….

“I used to tell you everything,” I said, wistfully recalling all the letters and phone calls from years past.
“You did.”
No bullshit.
I lifted up to my tiptoes, so I could almost look him eye to eye, and said, “I’m really looking forward to having sex with you, Quentin.”
At my admission, he threw his head back and filled the entire first floor of his house with laughter.

He leaned down and kissed me again, more chaste this time. “Now, we get to know each other. When it happens, whether it happens tonight or another one, I just want it to mean to you what it’ll mean to me.”

…and wonderfully romantic.

I didn’t want a casual fuck, nor did I want a lover. I wanted him to take my soul as his own, fill my heart with his words, and love me with everything he was and ever would be.

“Rylie,” he said gently. “I love you. I’ve loved you since I understood what the word meant. I love who you are now, who you were then. And I’m gonna love you no matter what happens.”

But the love story is just a part of this book. There is more to their past than either of them knew, and there are all sorts of family dramas that are about to be revealed, and Rylie and Quentin just have to hold on tight to each other and see it through together as it all unfolds.

I was surprised at the direction of the book, and though I picked some of the twists, I liked the unexpectedness of the story and I thought this dramatic part of the book was really well done. I felt connected to the side characters, I was invested in how their stories played out, and I enjoyed the way Hartnett wove all of the different elements of the story together to create an interesting and intense read with lots of heart.

But my focus was, as always, on the romance, and Rylie and Quentin’s story is beautifully told, making me feel everything, and I was completely swept up in their functional, swoony love story that is all about second chances, healing from the past, and finding your happy ever after.

My heart had healed with the balm of another, love blossoming, love renewed, reunited in the arms of the first man who’d treasured it, and treasured it still.

This is my first book by J.B. Hartnett, and I’m very much looking forward to reading more of her work.

I loved it. 4.5 stars.

An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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1,813 reviews594 followers
September 28, 2016
An absolutely beautiful, heartbreaking, and poignant romance. An unputdownable, second chance love story about allowing yourself to love again, against all odds...against all circumstances...against all risks. The pain is worth the fall......

"You are my heart. You are my savior. You are my sky."

This books reminds me of the time I was first introduced to Ms. Hartnett's work with INKY. When I finished, I had completely fallen in love with her writing. It's beautiful, almost poetic at times, and it just made me feel so elated and so content. I felt that magic while I was reading WATCHING THE SKY CRY. You get that feeling in your gut right when you begin, and you just know it's going to be an epic and emotional journey. Starting over. That is a concept we all cringe at, because it can be so incredibly hard. JB Hartnett takes that and gives us a second chance love story that rivals all others.

Every word will cut through you like a knife. Rylie's journey is so heartbreaking and with each turn of the page, the knife goes deeper and deeper, leaving you breathless at times. You feel the raw emotions that jump off of every page. And just when you think all hope is lost, Hartnett takes it the other way and makes your heart blossom. Your heart starts to heal right alongside Rylie's.

Nothing will prepare you for all the FEELS in this one, but the journey is so worth all the tears. I love it when talented authors can make you feel so much. It's incredible to think that the written word could do that. Hartnett weaves her tale of tragedy, hope, and love like it's second nature and romance readers everywhere will benefit from it. This romantic, second chance story will sweep you off your feet. These characters will charm you and run away with your heart. EVERYTHING about this book was just STUNNING! I didn't know how much I missed JB Hartnett's writing until I read WATCHING THE SKY CRY.

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231 reviews16 followers
September 26, 2016


Wow. This is one heavy book. Death, suicidal ideation, family secrets? I'm just amazed. This is a beautifully tragic story that hit me straight in the heart. I admit it, I ugly cried.

This book is nothing like the normal drama, sexy romance novels I normally read. I connected with the characters. I connected with their pain and angst. Bravo to the author. I want more more more! I know it's a standalone but PLEASE write a spin-off or sequel! Check Out My Full Angsty Review!





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2,716 reviews12 followers
September 9, 2016
Copy received from author for an honest review

From the minute I read the synopsis of this book a little while ago, I knew that this was going to be one I would definitely be reading.

I also knew it was going to be an emotional read.

And it was that and so much more.

From the first word to the last, I was swept away with this story. A truly beautiful second chance love story.

Rylie's story is as tragic as it is beautiful. So many things have happened to her in her life - but all of those things brought her back to her first love -sigh. Who doesn't remember their first love.

Quentin is a broken soul, childhood hurts are still affecting him today.

But Rylie coming back into his life could be just what they both need.

"You are my heart. You are my saviour. You are my sky."

As I turned each and every page, I hoped, I needed Rylie and Quentin to make it.

There are some great secondary characters in Watching The Sky Cry. I adored Rylie's family, how close they are even through all the adversity.

Something about Rylie's brother called out to me. At times it was like we were kindred spirits. I have been through some of the things he goes through, and it made it so easy for me to connect with him.

The was also a twist in the tale that I certainly did not see coming! I hope hope hope we get more of that story somewhere in the future.

J.B Hartnett has poured her heart and soul into Watching The Sky Cry, and you can feel it with every tear, every kiss, every word.

I can't wait to see what she brings us next.

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628 reviews19 followers
September 27, 2016
~ 3.5 Stars ~

I actually randomly stumbled upon J.B. Hartnett a year or so ago when I found her The Leaves Series, which I really enjoyed. When I read the blurb for Watching the Sky Cry, I felt like it was going to be an epic story and when I made the connection of who the author was, I couldn’t have been more excited.

This is a beautiful second chance story laced with a lot of ups and downs and healing. Riley is lucky enough to find love twice. Once when she was very young and again when she is a young adult. She’s made a life with her husband and they have been extremely happy until a devastating tragedy leaves Riley alone and let to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and world. Her recovery is painful and full of heartache. Realizing once and for all that she needs to start over to actually start healing, she returns to the one place that actually holds a piece of her heart from her past.

Quentin has only loved one girl his entire life and she shattered his heart when they were very young. Despite that, he knows he’ll never love anyone like her again. When she comes home, all he wants to do is to help her heal but he knows she’s the one for him and he will do whatever he can to not let her go a second time. Will he finally be able to claim the girl who captured his heart all those years ago?

This second change story was so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I fell so hard for Quentin. His love for Riley was so beautiful and honest. He was very up front with her about everything. He was patient, kind and loving yet at the same time he pushed her to see how amazing it was to have this second chance at love. 20 years after they ripped each other’s hearts out when they were kids.

“Belive me when I say, I lost you once, and when I did, I didn’t just lose my sky. I lost my soul. And I won’t lose it again.”

I’m pretty sure that my entire world melted when I read that. How could you not fall for him?

There were a lot of additional stories in this book that added to the entire thing. Plot twists, surprises galore, etc. I especially want to get more of Billy’s story. I won’t stay anything else about it because I don’t want to spoil that storyline.

There were just a couple of things that help me back just a little. I had a hard time connecting to Riley and I honestly believe that it is partly due to me but partly due to the beginning. I felt like things were either skipped over or rushed and it bounced all over the place. Eventually it evened out, which I think is why I was so easily able to connect with Quentin. Please don’t let this hold you back or else you will actually miss a beautiful story. I only mentioned this in case you might feel the same. My advice it to keep with it.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a hopeful second chance book with some added twists and one absolutely swoon worthy hero, this get this book now!

*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*
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383 reviews
September 24, 2016
This review is going to be different to any other review I’ve written for two reasons. First of all, Watching the Sky Cry is different from any other book I’ve read and I don’t think I could compare it to any other book I’ve read. Secondly, I want to convince you why you should read this book.
When you first look at a new book, what catches your attention first? For me, it’s the cover. In this case, it was the cover and the title. This cover is different from most books in that it doesn’t feature a sexy male model. It’s an artist’s drawing and a beautiful one at that. Then there’s the title, Watching the Sky Cry, what does that mean? It certainly got me thinking and wanting to know more about this book.
Then I read the blurb and I was intrigued. I had even more questions. Who is left behind? Who has to pick up the pieces and why? Where did it all begin? Who was the man who was her earth? And then I went looking for the answers… and I found them at the end of an emotional journey.
I don’t know if you’ve read any of J. B Harnett’s books, but I’ve read them all, but if you have read them, you’ll understand it when I say that J. B Hartnett has returned to her Inky roots and though I shed a few tears while reading Watching the Sky Cry, I couldn’t be happier.
I gave Watching the Sky Cry 5 magnificent stars.
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2,432 reviews39 followers
September 28, 2016
This book was sheer heartbreak right from the start. Those first few pages, I was so emotionally vested in the world that Hartnett created. My heart broke so much for Rylie. I could only imagine the pain she went through. What I really loved about this book is the healing that happened. How it was written and the time Rylie needed to take before Quentin could come back into her life. These two have such history. And boy is it tumultuous. So many secrets come to light and they have to move on from there. But I found that Rylie healed the most with Quentin. He was her healing balm and she his.
Overall, as my first book by this author, I was blown away by the tale she created. There was an amazing back story and lots of family issues. It felt real life. I highly recommend this book to anyone!
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1,632 reviews16 followers
September 27, 2016
OMG what a great story about finding love not only once but twice in your lifetime! These two were destined to be together, they just needed the stars to align their lives! I can't say enough about this story!

This book was so beautifully written, so much going on but not at all hard to follow! I laughed, I cried! 5+ stars for this one, grab your copy today!

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2,598 reviews416 followers
September 29, 2016
4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I always look forward to a new book from Jb Hartnett. I have read all of her books and I think this one just may be my new favorite. I finished this book a few days ago and was giving my self some time to collect my thoughts to write a review in a way that would do this book justice. Because truthfully I am not sure how to do that. I loved this book from the moment I started reading it. I love a second chance romance and this one did not disappoint. It was a beautiful story about loss, heartache, love and second chances. But most of all it is about life and the struggles that we go through and the strength we have to move on.

Rylie and Nick had a wonderful and loving marriage and like most marriages they also had their ups and downs. But the love that they had for each other was strong and that helped them get through the hard times. Until one day it was all gone and Rylie was left alone with a shattered heart. It has been two years since she lost her husband and Rylie has become a shell of herself. She has not been able to move on and has continued to grieve for the man that she loved and lost. But she finally realizes that it is time to move on. It is time to pick herself up and figure out where she belongs. She needs to start over and in order to do that she needs to go to the place that has always felt like home to her. The place where she spent her Summers with her family. It is also the place, where she met her childhood best friend Quentin who also was her first love and the boy that broke her heart.

Going to live with her aunt and uncle was her fresh start but I don’t think she intended for it to go the way that it did. Knowing that there was a good chance that she would run into Quentin again made her nervous. I am sure there was so much going through her mind, how he was responsible for her broken heart 20 years ago but at the same time the feelings that she may still have for him.

It has been twenty years since Quentin has see Rylie and the feelings for her have never changed. And this is exactly what I loved about this story. Rylie is going through so much right now and seeing Quentin brings back so many memories, both good and bad. But this is her time to move on, this is her second chance. There is no playing games between these two, when they were kids they were always honest with each other and that has not changed. Quentin has been waiting for the day when Rylie would come back into his life and he knows exactly what he wants and he does not hide it. The love and the bond between them is still evident. You can feel it from the moment that they see each other again. This is their second chance, one that they may not get again if they don’t take it now. They have both been through so much in the past 20 years and believe me there is still more that they have yet to face. There are truths that need to come out and when they do how will they handle it all? Will they finally get their happily ever after?

I loved the emotions that this story brought out. My hurt heart so much for Rylie. I cannot imagine experiencing the heartache that she has gone through. But when that moment finally came, when she realized that she needed to stop the self destruction that has been going on for the last two years, she had all the strength in the world. It was that strength that helped her through it all.

I also loved the connection between Rylie and Quentin. You could feel the love between these two but you also saw and felt the amazing friendship that they had. I loved Quentin and how much he still loved her, waited for her and only wanted her. He had his own struggles that stemmed from his childhood and what he has been through. They both have their baggage but I loved watching them open up to each other and get to know each other again.

Watching the Sky Cry is one of those books where you feel like you are going through it all with the characters. At times my hurt heart for the both of them. They have both endured so much pain. But the love that they had for each other was so beautiful and to see them falling in love all over again just melted my heart. This is a Rylie and Quentin's story but there is also another part of the story that involves the supporting characters. I didn't feel like it took away from their story at all because in ways it involved them as well. It was part of the struggles that they had to go through. I really loved this book. One of my top reads this year!!!! A beautiful, emotional journey of love, loss and second chances.
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September 24, 2016
Watching the Sky Cry is story that tells Rylie's journey from happiness to grief to struggling to move on to finding a second chance at love. It's a pretty emotional story, I seem to be on a roll with those lately, sometimes I needed to take a breather cause heavy stuff. It's hard not to feel caught up in the heartbreak. Her reconnecting from someone in the past is sweet and connection strong, yet you know it will not be smooth nor easy.

"Once you get past the fear, you realize the thrill is worth the risk."

I had an idea from the start it would be one of those books that will probably be sad and mess with your emotions. Rylie strruggled, she took her time, to find herself again. In her suffering she imagines a place and time more peaceful with her childhood bestfriend. When Quentin and Rylie meeting again felt like a ray of hope admist it all. The special bond and many memories they had and also getting reacquainted. This is a start of new beginning for both of them after everything they went through but there is still a long way to go.

"Sometimes, it's not until you close your eyes that you know the true beauty of the world around you."

There were somethings that surprised me and added another layet to the whole story. I feel like Quentin's side could have added something more to that part. Cause he is big part of the story and he has a lot to tell as well. I get it though it's Rylie's journey. It's a lot of learning and healing, letting yourself take a chance. Sometimes in life the hand you're dealt isn't fair and it's difficult, you stumble and rise again. In the end all the heartache and hardship may lead you to a new chapter and worth the journey.

I have to say Julie's books I've read are diverse in topic and themes but they have a similar vain that the good can outshine the bad eventually but you need to travel that the road to get there. They all have their own emotional and gripping moments in variations. Watching the Sky Cry is a second chance romance that tells of an ardent first love, tragic moments and surviving it, finding it once again.

*** ARC received in exchange for honest review ***
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2,004 reviews18 followers
October 8, 2016
I get a certain thrill every time I get one of Julie's books. I know that I'm going to go on a journey, that more than likely I will be crying at some point and by the end I'll be soaring after having been racked with emotions, hope and healing.

It took me a few days to wrap my mind around what I wanted to say but just know that I think Julie is one of hidden treasures in this industry and more people should be reading these amazing stories she writes.

Riley is a mess. Growing up her best friend Quentin is her whole world. Friends since a young age, her summers were spent hanging out with Quentin in Northern California while the rest of the year, letters were her gateway to staying in touch with the one boy that she knew one day would become her life... until the summer she came back to find he had a girlfriend and crushed her entire world.

Now over 12 years later she finds herself back in Northern California trying to pick up the pieces to her shattered life once more. What she never expected was to find Quentin there to help her piece back her life.

This is a tragic, raw yet poetic, refreshing and unstoppable love story about self discovery, forgiveness, second chances and love. Its hard to put into words what this book was. I couldn't put it down. I laughed and cried and ached at times. This book is definitely in my top reads for the year if not my top read. Just so very very good.
September 25, 2016
Secrets, secrets and more secrets. This book is filled with them. I loved this story, it is breathtakingly beautiful. Second chance at love and life makes for an emotional rollercoaster ride this book takes you on.
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2,275 reviews35 followers
September 24, 2016
This is one woman’s story about what it takes to not only find but accept that life and love are worth the effort, not just once but twice.
Riley and Quinton had history, it was deep in their past and that was where it was meant to stay, right up until the time it wasn’t…right up until the time it was ok to accept that sometimes all you need is to give yourself the permission to accept, to let your heart and head read from the same page and to understand that every day is a blessing and refusing to live, refusing to move on is doing not only yourself but those you have lost a disservice. Those that have loved you unconditionally would want you to be happy at any cost, it is often us that hold ourselves back, Riley knew this better than most and when Quinton walked back into her life she also knew that it isn’t often you get a second chance, life is too short to let it slip through your fingers again!
Married to Nick, life was everything you imagined a marriage would be it had its good and its bad times and then it had the time that Riley never thought her heart would recover from, the time when everything she had disappeared and her heart went with it. Picking herself back up from that was far from an easy task but she had to try and her first step was a move home.
But seeing Quinton again raised memories of what they had not only shared but also lost since they were last together. Could they or should they give themselves the opportunity to see what they could have together now, all these years and all their experiences down the line? I hoped so I wanted Riley to be happy, she was a solid soul, realistic and pragmatic, she deserved to have someone to care for her and Quinton certainly fit that bill. He may have moved on from what they had but that didn’t mean he had forgotten what they shared.
But could they?
I thought the author told their story in a way that forcibly engaged my brain, I felt as if there were aspects of the story that were almost left to my own discretion. I was a little confused on a couple of occasions but I quickly picked up on the fact that much life Riley and Quinton I had to work to see the bigger picture. A well written engaging read that was a little bit different from what I had anticipated.
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66 reviews3 followers
September 17, 2016
Jazmin’s Review
5 amazing stars!!!

Has it ever happened to you when you get a book thinking it’s going to be a good book but it ends up exceeding your expectations? Well that’s what happened to me with this book.

Going in I knew it would be an emotional read and I don’t tend to read many second chance books or any books that are bittersweet, but when I read the blurb I got intrigued. I’m such a baby and have a weak heart so I was sobbing throughout the book. Sometimes there were happy tears and sometimes there were sad tears, but most of all they were tears that were shed from the intensity of the emotional ride I went on.

Rylie has been dealing with the loss of her unborn child and the loss of her husband. She lived grieving for two whole years without accepting help from anyone until she almost reaches the point of no return and realizes it’s time to go heal but to do so she will have to return to her home where she left her childhood love.

I’ll be honest, at about 40% of the book I found myself starting to lose focus. I believed when Rylie went back to the place where it all started with Quinton, they would just meet again and start from the beginning again, That didn’t happen. It’s like they picked up where they left off only they are older and wiser now. That’s when it began to pick up for me.

This book took me on such an emotional ride. There were some twists I did not see coming at all and it just made me break down all over again. I have a really weak heart that’s why I cried so much but really this book was beautiful. I loved all the characters and especially Quinton and Billy. This is one book I will think back to in the future. This is my first book from this author and I will definitely check out her other works.

*Arc kindly provided in exchange for an honest review

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588 reviews80 followers
September 23, 2016
Watching the Sky Cry had all the makings of a great book. Tragic loss. Second chance romance. Life-altering secrets. More love than a person could ever hope for. Yet, I felt a disconnect from the entire thing.
There were parts of Watching the Sky Cry that were perfectly wonderful. The overall storyline was amazing, and something that would normally be one of my top reads of the year. The depth of emotion that JB Hartnett was able to convey with her words is something all authors should strive for. I loved the characters and the world that was created. It just wasn’t quite enough.
The book felt disjointed to me. I’m not sure if parts were edited out and that caused the strange transitions, or if the author wasn’t sure how to move into the next set of circumstances and move the book forward. I just know I found myself feeling like I had skipped chunks of the book, I would go back and see if I missed something and never found the transition I was looking for. There were even times there seemed to be references to previously mentioned object or events with no actual mention of the thing earlier.
This is the first book I’ve read by JB Hartnett and I wasn’t won over. She seems to have a great head for the ideas to make up a book, but fell short in the execution, for me.
**ARC generously provide by author in exchange for honest, spoiler-free review**
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426 reviews60 followers
October 4, 2016
Watching the Sky Cry by J.B. Hartnett will take you on an emotional roller coaster that will in the end, have you thrilled you had the pleasure of experiencing it.

J.B. Hartnett did an amazingly beautiful job writing this story. It pulled at every heart string I had and then some. I was so in love with the story as soon as it began and by the ending, I was so overwhelmed with everything that happened.

So if you enjoy a story that’s filled with love, heartache, growth and is just gut wrenching at times, then this is the book for you. I was so invested in Rylie’s story. I couldn’t turn away from her brokenness. She endured so many things that would have anyone giving up, but with the support of everyone around her, she would learn to find her way. Then comes along Quentin. Sigh, I just loved his character. He was beyond wonderful. He will melt your heart and have you wishing for your own earth.

I give Watching the Sky Cry by J.B. Hartnett 5 out of 5 PASSIONATE STARS.
367 reviews13 followers
September 26, 2016
Such an emotional ride. Second chances with sadness, hope and love. This gut wrenching story from J.B Hartnet will leave you heartache, tears and joy. Bring your tissues because you will need them.

Rylie had two loves. Childhood and adult loves. When she was younger, she fell in love with her childhood sweetheart. But when she got older, she left her home and eventually met her husband.
However, through heartache and tears. Her life was over and she needed a new start and to go back "home".

When she returned, everything changed. She had to find herself again. And through that time, she reunited with her childhood love and a rekindled romance.

An incredible story for second chances where love never died and hope is reborn.

Received arc for an honest review
4.5 stars
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88 reviews19 followers
September 23, 2016
Sometimes, I’d wait for hours, but I never cared how long. I knew, in the end, I’d be rewarded with my own personal sky.”
I can genuinely say, I can't wait for JB to come out with new stories.
I received this arc and couldn't wait to read this novel,
I'm always amazed with how many emotions I feel while reading her work!

“Close your eyes, Quentin.” I laid my head against his chest and wrapped my arms around him as tight as I could. “Sometimes, it’s not until you close your eyes that you know the true beauty of the world.”

Two tortured souls finding their way back to each other? Amazed by them, their strength
Once again another 5
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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Author 23 books266 followers
September 29, 2016
If you like you're like me and a sucker for a second chance at love story, then J.B. Hartnett's Watching the Sky Cry just the story for you. Get your tissues ready because Riley's story of how she found love with Nick only to find it all falling apart and grieving, and then reconnecting with Quentin and finding love a second time is so emotionally charged and beautifully written.

The characters are complex and their journey to love is not smooth--which makes you want so much for them to find happiness. Really enjoyed this story, and I think you will too! A recommended read!

My rating? 4 stars!
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2,820 reviews20 followers
September 24, 2016
A heart felt, gut wrenching story of second chances and forgiveness.
I couldn't put down this beautifully written, angsty emotional story.
Riley's life was so tragic and the journey she decides to take took a lot of heart and guts! I won't say any more not to give anything away. This is the type of read that takes you on a personal emotional journey.
Despite it, Riley learned the hard way not to take anything for granted and to love again.
Love isn't always easy or pretty, but it's so worth it.
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1,028 reviews82 followers
October 12, 2016

I was lured into reading Watching the Sky Cry by the beautiful title and the intriguing blurb but when I finished this story I felt like it was missing something,maybe there were too many different plots to follow or maybe it was the disjointed telling.

Rylie and Quentin's complicated reunion broke my heart page after page,I could easily imagine how difficult it can be to find your way back into the life of your first love after twenty years. Fortunately I felt relieved when I turned the last page.

Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

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1,485 reviews36 followers
September 28, 2016
I received this for an honest review.. I have to say I LOVE LOVE J.B Hartnett she truly pulls the wringer and has this amazing ability to break your heart and then sew back together.

This book even after days have gone by I am still having a hard time writing this review...

This book is beautiful in a way that almost makes you weep.. Such a beautiful second chance romance that will have you rooting for them!!!

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842 reviews10 followers
October 3, 2016
My first book from this author. Gripping and raw, this story winds through grief and healing with a meandering pace that holds you captive throughout.
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