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Breathe

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Sometimes love is fated in the stars. You know you are destined for each other. Your souls entwine and you can’t imagine your life without them.

Sometimes it’s found when you’re not looking for it. It peeks around the corner when you least expect it, sweeping you off your feet, carrying you off into the sunset.

Sometimes, there are a lucky few who get to experience both. I w
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Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published December 10th 2016
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KAS
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Whew! This one puts you through an emotional wringer!

It is a story of finding the love of your life. A story of bad decisions, trust and forgiveness. A definite story of second chances.

Carsten is one of those rare individuals who is lucky enough to be loved with utter and complete devotion, but the roads leading to experience that kind of love is really hard fought, and achingly heartbreaking.

Being loved like this is such an amazing feeling. I hope that I never get used to it.

I was
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Snow
BR with my beautiful Sirens-Shanny & Denise

And this is supposed to be an 'ugly cry' book...lol

Ah damn, excuse my sceptical sarcasm...

But my 'people' know that I never cry...*smirks*

So, be it...


Anyway, after finishing this book, all I can really state is 'that's fuckin life for you, darlin'

Cause our heroine in the beginning made a huge mistake, she made a bad decision and she knew it BUT she didn't find the inner strength to own it and change the bad situation she found herself in...

And lucki
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Paige
5+ “I Got You” Stars

Well I wanted ugly cry, and I got it. Breathe was a powerful love story that spanned years and I will never forget it. Bonus now I’ve added another new to me author to stalk.

I bought this book at a signing last summer. It sat pretty on my shelf until today when I needed a tear jerker book to complete this month’s reading challenge. As I was searching my shelves, I remembered that when I spoke to the author, she said that everyone who read it said to make sure you have tissue
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Natasha Carrere
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-finished
This book tore me up. It's been so long since I've cried so hard with a story that just reaches into my heart and squeezes then rips it out, stomps on it then slowly mends it back together. Seriously this book had it all for me. I went through every emotion possible and came out at the end so drained it took me days before I could even read another book.

Amber Lacie is an amazing writer and she knows how to put you through the ringer. If you're looking for a book that you will love for the rest
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Laura
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amber Lacie you are killing me!!
You made me cry ugly tears woman!!

“It’s ok. I got you!” My absolute favourite phrase. So powerful!
I don’t want to go into too much detail, because you have to read this amazing piece of writing for yourself.
However, I will say this; if Michael was real and I ever met him, I would kill him. Holden and his parents are a dream come true. Such genuine characters that fill your heart with love. Holden himself was so yum, I just wanted to devour him. His love for Carste
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Melanie Maloney
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know where to begin other than I am spent!!! This book was turbulent and emotional. I loved every tearful moment! Read with a box of tissues. Once you pick this book up you won’t put it down!
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
☆☆☆☆☆
~LYNZI~
If I could give this book 100 ☆'s I would. This one gutted me. It takes a lot for me to cry, but this one got me. I wasn't expecting for my heart to be slayed, nor was I expecting this book to be like this.

I can't really write a review like I normally do, because it would give to much away, and giving it away is not something I want to do. Just know this book is absolutely amazing. It has made my heart cry and sing all at once.

We go into it with Carsten writing a book about her life
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"This book tore me up. It's been so long since I've cried so hard with a story that just reaches into my heart and squeezes then rips it out, stomps on it then slowly mends it back together. Seriously this book had it all for me. I went through every emotion possible and came out at the end so drained it took me days before I could even read another book.

Amber Lacie is an amazing writer and she knows how to put you through the ringer. If you're looking for a book that you will love for the rest
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
I don’t know where to begin other than I am spent!!! This book was turbulent and emotional. I loved every tearful moment! Read with a box of tissues. Once you pick this book up you won’t put it down!
~A Bibliophile ❤📚
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🌹Natasha🌹
Alright so I saw that this book had a lot of 5 star reviews and that it was really heartbreaking. Perfect for me! Well, I’m beginning to think the jokes on me and somehow I’m not getting the same stories as everyone else. This is like the 3rd book in a row where everyone loved it but me. 😒 Not cool.

Holden is in love with his best friend, Carsten, but she has Michael. Carsten is ready to leave her small town and get away from everything that’s haunting her. Michael is her only way out but he’s n
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2OCC Reviews
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jessica
I really liked this story. It was an emotional read and has lots of things happen and it's a wild ride. Hurt, sorrow, regret, laughter, friendship and love. This book seems to have it all.


The story was one of moving forward and overcoming things that happen. Carsten was strong but at times she came across as weak. This was her story, so I'm not going to talk about other characters but I liked the direction that it too. It's not an easy book to read. There are triggers in this book but I feel th
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Lynn
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written

Amber Lacie has written a beautiful tale of a good soul Carsten. Through her life, Carsten has lost a parent, found what she thought was her true love, and was abused. Holden, a childhood friend falls for Carsten at age 5 and never stops loving her. Life tragedies get in the way, and Carsten has to find a way to 'Breathe' to tolerate what life has dealt her.
Owen and Carsten meet at dinner get together. Sparks fly between the two, but is Carsten ready to give life a chance?
Hav
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Kathy Kugelman
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very emotional and gripping love story.
Kathleen R.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Breathe
Author: Amber Lacie

" You don't scare me. Bring it on"
" That's my girl." My breath stops for a second, my stomach twists into tiny summersaults.


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Breathe. I can't remember the number of times that the simple word was repeated like a mantra and it's become one of the most used ones since the very first chapter. Amber Lacie has really done it this time - the number of times I've needed to stop and reflect on the pasage I had just read were so many that I didn't know what to make of i
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Claire Ingram
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was unsure whether to rate this a 4 or a 5 like I'm unsure whether to love or hate this author and I think it's a bit of both. I am convinced Amber Is a sadist ...she made me cry, with her words Wah :'(
Ok joking aside I love this author she made me care so deeply for her characters.
Poor Carsten I just wanted to wrap her up and keep her safe and I couldn't
I'm surprised this isn't based on a true story, the realism of thought and emotion had me convinced that the author at the least has experie
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Anny hernandez
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provided a copy of the book by the Author for an honest review.

Wow just wow I cant breath I'm still drying my eyes out, I really don't know how to write this review without giving to much away but ill tried. This is the first book that I read from this author and let me just say that this book has me on an emotional roller coaster.

At the beginning of the book I was angry at the main character I kept thinking what the hell is she doing. But the more I read into it the more I end up loving
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Donna Smith
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contains Spoilers
This one slayed me! I love Ms. Lacie's writing so much! She pours so much into her characters that I forget they are fictional. Carsten is a beautiful soul that has so much happen to her In a short amount of time. She looses her mother while in high school, her father can't cope with his loss and gets lost in a bottle, and the boy she feels a connection with becomes very possessive. She stays with him way beyond what she should and I feel the emotions of why with every word that
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Sophie Koufes
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This one has me crying as I am writing this. I love this authors writing as she pulls you in with these amazing characters that capture your heart and soul. This is a beautifully written & developed novel with no plot holes. This book will have you on an emotional roller-coaster ride so get your tissues ready. We meet Carsten who is a beautiful young women who has had her heart broken, mended, shattered again, then broken into pieces & put back together. As with all of this authors ...more
Cyndi Becker
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story ! It's raw and intense and packed with emotion. A young woman makes poor decisions, consequences ensue, life is good and bad and good again...I won't spoil anything for anyone and other readers left beautiful reviews about the impact of the story line and love of the characters. I agree with every 5 star review on the beauty of this story.

So, it's sound like I'm qualifying something here...I am. I have one complaint and I only point it out because for me this affects the reada
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Rebecca Hollingsworth
This book is beautifully written, with a storyline that will break your heart, mend it, shatter it, then piece by piece, put it back together. There is nothing quiet like a some what happy ending, romance, friendships, death, abuse, alcoholics, and forgiveness.

All around excellent story!
Angie
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review coming soon. **LOVED, LOVED, LOVED!!!**
Ebbie ~Author Groupies


This was a beautiful love story. Most people are lucky to find the love of a lifetime once but Carsten is able to find it twice. I loved this book, it broke me several times but Ms. Lacie left me heart happy in the end.

This is the story of Carsten's life as good be her. She didn't have an easy life. Her mother died and her father checked out and turned to alcohol to cope. Carsten just wanted a way out of town and to be able to start a new life. She saw her boyfriend, Michael, as her way out. Sh
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Casey
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Breathe is the first book that I have ever read from Amber Lacie and it was so much more than I had been expecting. This book was so good, and if I am honest it was really hard to get through at times. It was so emotional and while it was hard to get through, it was such a beautiful story. This definitely won't be the last I read from Amber Lacie.

I won't get into the details about this story, because I really think that this book just needs
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Stacey Broadbent
Wow. I was told this book would have me in tears, and it's true, it did. Breathe tells the story of Carsten, a girl who was dealt a rough hand in life. Her mother passed at an early age, leaving her with a father who couldn't cope, turning to the bottle more and more. Basically, they switched roles, the child having to become the parent. It's no wonder she took her chance on the boy who promised to take her away from it all, even when it meant leaving the boy she'd loved since she was five.
She'd
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Deb
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was attending Indies In Indy 2017 Author/Reader event when I met, unknown to me, Author Amber Lacie. She shared a bit about each of her books and then pointed to "Breathe" and said "it's guaranteed to make you cry"! My answer, "I don't cry". She challenge me to read "Breathe" and even added to the challenge! I made a note to check it out on Amazon and went as far as adding it to my Wish List while at her table. I continued walking around the event and something in me said to accept the challen ...more
Teri
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't ready. I love when author's take chances and blow you out of the water with the results. This author pours it all into this book and there are so many things she incorporates that individually would have stomped on an author with less skills. I can't talk about this book there are too many things if I touched on it would make me give you too many details. This woman is stronger than you can imagine for dealing with the challenges life through her way. Alcohol, abuse, loss, change, recov ...more
Atlanta Whitlock
Yet again Amber Lacie has such a way with words, they are so powerful that they pull at your emotions and you can’t help but feel for the characters in the story. She manages to have her characters relate to you in some way and honestly, that’s incredible. When I was reading through this book I couldn’t help but feel like I related to Carsten as she has been through so much in her life and during her early years in the book when we look back at the beginning I can put myself in her shoes as I ha ...more
Lisa Reynolds
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Packed full of emotions.

I thought after a few days after finishing this book I could leave my review without tears. But now as I sit here trying to write one, my tears have returned once again. One question for this author... WHY? Why would you write such an beautiful, emotional love story like this. This book takes you through all the emotions of losing someone you love, a parent, your soul mate, or even yourself, but will also help you learn to deal with it, to remind you to keep going. I foun
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Sue
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breathe by Amber Lacie is a journey into the mind and soul...not only of the characters but of yourself. The story of Carsten Marie Winters is not an easy story to hear. It is not one of a joyful, wonderful life from beginning to end. It will break you....many times over but it will also put you together again. It will show you pain, solititude and hurt but it will also show you the beauty of all this. It will show you the evil of man and the beauty of the human condition. It makes you realize t ...more
Sharon
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was looking for an "ugly cry" book, this one was recommended by the author.....Holy crap make sure you have your tissues handy, lot's of them.
Some are lucky to find the love of their life once, some are blessed to have two loves. I don't know what to write in my review without giving anything away, just to say OMG I cried, it's my biggest fear in my life what Amber wrote so beautifully in this story, so this book ripped my heart out, yes it was returned!
I was warned to have tissues, whic
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Indie-Award Winning Author Amber Lacie is about all things books, glitter, and shenanigans. Never without a book or caffeinated goodness, she's managed a husband that worships at her alter and two awesome kiddos, all while pumping out tales of love and suspense. Growing up in Chicagoland, she's seen the nitty, and knows the gritty. As for love and home, that landed her in Beverly Shores, Indiana w ...more
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