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Free to Breathe

(Amaryllis #4)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Baker Corinna Freeman cut all ties with Colby Hunt when she learned what the handsome military officer really thought about her and her cooking skills. She walked away; heartbroken, pride in tatters, keeping secrets she was far too young to shoulder.

Now, a decade later, Corinna’s reputation is legendary — both in and out of the kitchen. This bold woman is determined to liv
Published January 24th 2019
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Dora Koutsoukou
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 ❤❤💔❤🌟🌟🌟🌟s❣

The Freeman family has a special place in my heart.
Corinna’s story brought out a lot of emotions. It was beautiful.
Miria Ardizzi
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to start off by saying I LOVE this story, I LOVE the Freeman family and I certainly LOVE Tracey Jerald. Why??, well she did it again, she managed to write yet another beautiful story about another amazing couple, this time revolving around Corinna Freeman and Colby Hunt.

These two gave me butterflies and all the feels for how much I was routing for them. Their story is unique in that they shared a past, a friendship in college that somehow was shattered for over ten years until they meet a
Soulla Georgiou
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

Another excellent story from Tracey Jerald, that focuses on Corinna Freeman, the baker of Amaryllis Events.

This is a very emotional and poignant love story that focuses on an old friendship that turned sour. Corinna Freeman and Colby Hunt were best friends and loved and confided in each other until one day, Corinna sees and hears something that shatters her heart and their friendship.

But that day, not only did she lose her soul mate, she also lost a piece of herself that she manages to
Rebecca Woolley
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cori the family baker with her own secrets that she hasnt told her family come back to haunt her when she has to face her own personal health issues.

Cori’s best friend from childhood Colby has been discharged from the forces, he wants to reunite with Cori but will he find out why Cori wants nothing to do with him.

This book will have you in tears, excellent, best one of the series .
Amber Gragg
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ekkkk this series!!! This family is simply amazing!! All different but same... if that even makes sense! This one brought the most tears of them all!!! You absolutely want be disappointed!!!!
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Free to Breathe (Amaryllis Series Book 3)

I loved reading this book and look forward to reading more books written by this author. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. I won this book through a giveaway on Goodreads website.
Richard W.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, just wow!

Wish I could write even a bit of the talent and heart this author shows. Even though the series claims to be stand alone stories, please read in order. Be prepared to laugh and cry throughout.
Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
So many more than just 5 stars!!!

This series!!! Omg! To be apart of a family like this would be amazing! I was a huge bundle of emotions. I cried almost the entire way through the book. I think Cori is my favorite and Colby....maybe.

The love I have for Cori and the strength she has blew my mind. I couldn’t believe a lot of stuff that happened and some stuff brought up rough memories but this story was epic. I laughed, cried, got angry and got more scared for a character than I hav
Lorelei Frank
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I don't think I have ever read a story with so much drama, emotions and laugh out loud spots! I have not read the previous books leading up to Cori and Colby but I will! The horrific event that the girls had to deal with, the bond that was forged from it making them one fierce group. The love they have for each other and the growing family unit they form are truly amazing. Who wouldn't want to be a Part of that group?!. I loved the characters and I read loved the letters that Cori wrote for h
Kim Herman
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my Tracey what an amazing read. You have left me breathless with this beautiful story of love, heartache, redemption and second chances. This is Book 3 in Freeman siblings series and although they can all be read as a standalone it is recommended you read from the beginning. You will understand the characters better. This is Corinna and Colby's story.

These two were very close in college an due to Corinna's horrific past she relied on Colby so much that when he betrays her she cuts all ties wi
Phew. It's been a week and I think I've finally recovered from this book. I've loved every book in the Freeman family series so far and just when I think the author has done her best work, she blows me away. In Free to Breathe, we get to hear Corinna's story. Finally an answer for what's been going on with her since we met her in Dream.

I laughed, I cried, I yelled, I ranted and I loved. Seriously, there's a scene in a bar that maybe you don't want to be drinking or eating anything during for fe
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I sit here and try to figure out what I could possibly write that would do this book justice and make you want to read it. Because trust me, you want to read it. First of all, the Freeman’s are my favorite book family, hands down! Free to Breathe is Cori and Colby’s story. Full of angst, tears, laughter and love, you will be sucked in from the start. Their story will grab you and won’t let go. I devoured this book in one sitting because it is just that good. To say that I loved it is ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Oh my heart, talk about all the feels in this story! From the very beginning this book was intense. Free to Breathe is book 4 and I have to say this is my favorite! If you have read the first three in the series, you know that each of the Freeman family members have gone through something horrific until they found each other and created their own family. Even though this is part of the Freeman saga, it can be read as a standalone. This is Corinna and Colby’s story.

I won’t go into too much detai
Clare Harrison
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Her own blood tried to sell her for drugs no wonder she has trust issues.

She let him in, thought he would hold true to his promises when all along he too was hiding his truth from her.

He had everything but still he wanted more. He wanted to be someone's hero, Her hero, Her love. But now it was too late.

She looks at him with such fierce hatred, when all he did was love and protect her.. right?

Her family owns a wedding and event planning business, she is the lady who dons the chef whites to make d
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I have patiently waited for Corrine and Colby's story and I was definitely not dissapointed! From book one their has been a history teased about these two and man was it ever amazing to finally read about what happened. From the start this book pulled me in and held me captive Tracey Jerald did an amazing job at telling their story. Corrine God I just wanted to hug her so many times. She has been put through so much in her life and it was just heart breaking to have to read. Colby definitely ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Soaring after the abuse they have each survived this family is far from conventional, but it works. Each one of the original family members get their own chance to change their lives, change their paths, and embrace love. This time it's Cori's chance. Selfless, a heart of gold, everyone's cheerleader and comforter she takes little time for herself. She's a pistol and has a rep, good, bad and otherwise. This story is off the charts good and so is Colby, her blast from the past. This author gives ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bring on the Kleenex
Holy Crikey. All I can say is for anyone that has not read this author needs to change that as soon as possible because she is everything. This family is unlike any others I have read. The connection they share is sublime. They all are so vastly different yet have a sense of loyalty and unity that truly is awe-inspiring. Every book gets better and better, even though these are standalones in this series, the characters still play major roles in the new story. Even the signifi
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the amazingly talented Tracey Jerald, so her writing is super addictive to me, which means that I LOVED Free to Breathe a TON! I'm afraid that I'm not going to go into many details because it would take away from the beauty of the journey if the reader knows a bunch in my opinion. See, you should know by now that each of the Freeman family members have a nightmare past that have brought them together to form their own family, and this is Corinna & Colby's story. Corinna has gone throu ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved every book in this series and this one was as spectacular as the previous stories. My only disappointment would be when this amazing saga will end 😉. This story could be read as a standalone but I am pleased to say I have read all the books so far and they are so beautifully written; I recommend the entire series. This book begins with two college students Corinna “Cori” Freeman and Colby Hunt. Cori’s a beautiful, smart student who found her love for baking at very young age. Her da ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I never saw that one coming!

Ms. Jerald’s story, “Free to Breathe”, was a beautiful story! I don’t know that I have ever read anything like this before and Man! Was it awesome!?! Corinna and Colby made THE. PERFECT. COUPLE! They both were so absolutely devoted to each other, until something went horribly wrong! And it stayed that way for ten long years. Colby never learned the truth about what happened between he and Cori until she told him so much - much later! It was about that same time t
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS!!!!
This is the first book I've read from this author and it was a really good read. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. I absolutely loved Corinna and her family members. There was no denying how much love and support they had for each other and they went through a lot. This story had me teary eyed more than once and it was a battle to keep the tears from falling. There was betrayal, drama, love, both sweet and steamy scenes and moments that will bring a smile to your face. The
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well worth the wait.

This is the book that I purchsed first and lead me into this series. I had to read the others before I got to this book. I was hoping this book wouldn't let me down and it didn't. You'll love sassy, heartbreakingly lovable, Corinna and hopeful, loyal, ex-military, Colby. You'll laugh, you'll cry (a 3 tissue story), but by the end you'll smile. Somewhere in the middle of this I realized that all the siblings are kind of immature acting- that they're very slowly growing out of
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
It's been two weeks since I read this book in one sitting, and I'm still not 100% sure how to put my feelings into words.

Colby and Corinna were best of friends in university. She was still recovering from horrific trauma, and he was heading off to war; so he felt that she wasn't ready for their relationship to get serious (even though he really wanted it to). But he loved and cared for Corinna and is shocked when she suddenly ends their friendship without more than a few vaguely worded barbs.

Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to start. This is the first book that I have read by Tracey Jerald and I am hooked. Even though this book is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone; although I do now think I will go back and read the other books in the series. The story is well written, with wonderful character development and sets the scene so you get an image in your head of what's happening throughout the book. The book gripped me from the first chapter and I just had to keep read ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was for sure a book I couldn't put down.The Freeman Family just gives you all the feels. I for sure wasn't expecting the twists that are revealed, but I was not disappointed. I went from laughing, to being sad, to crying my eyes out. So many emotions, but so worth it. This is the story of Corinna and Colby and its fantastic. I adore Corinna & Colby.... I have no words. Swoon. They are for sure the perfect couple. I can't wait to see where Tracey takes us with the next installment and Em ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic!

The family dynamic of these women and Phil is awesome! Corrina’s story is so touching. How she battled her health all on her own and still supported her family. Colby kept loving her no matter what came between them and the amount of time that passed by. I cried many times while reading about her struggles and her personal notes while she was having surgery. This series is fantastic and I can’t wait to read more!
Melanie Helms
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gah. This one. As you know ive been devouring this series for the last week and now im finally caught up! I loved Corinna and Colby's story. It made me cry and laugh. But oh there were some characters i would have loved to toss off a bridge or throw dyed whipped cream at 😂😂 keene knows what im talking about 🤣 but seriously im so excited to get Em and Holly's stories. I love how the men in these girls lives embrace their spouses crazy family
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Colby and Corinna just stole my heart

The fourth book in the Free to series (there are two full length books and a Christmas novella before this), while each book could be read on its own, for the best reading experience, I’d recommend reading the series in order.

Wow! This author just keeps blowing me away. Second chance stories aren’t always my favorite, but Colby and Corinna just stole my heart. The author really takes you on a roller coaster ride of pain and anger, laughter and love, hope and
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start with this beautiful book? This is a second chance romance with angst, humor and emotion. I love the Freeman clan and their relationships with one another while adding family members to the mix.

Free to Breathe took me on an emotional roller coaster. I was happy then sad, laughing then tearing up. I felt the author did an amazing job with the flow of the book and the characters were well rounded. Well done Tracey Jerald!
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