Arc Review Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino

Thursday, May 26, 2016
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?


"There once was a boy and a girl..."

Words cannot describe how I feel about this story! Swear on This Life simply blew me away.The story is unique, captivating, emotional and sweet. I was completely drawn into the story as well as the characters stories and I couldn't stop reading wanting to know more and more. I have never read anything like this, I find the story line brilliant and original. Renee takes the reader on a journey about second chances, forgiveness and love.


Jase and Emiline are two unique and interesting characters. Both having spend their childhood together being raised by a single parent. Emiline is the one with the troubled past, with a father who abused her and Jase is the one who had a mother who loved him but not as much as his brother. But what they knew is that whatever it happened they always have one each other. Now after years life will bring them together in a way that I have never experienced before in a story and this is what makes the story unique. The story unfolds with Jase and Emiline's past to be protagonists through the pages of another book, Through the Roads Between .And believe me when I started understanding what was really happening I was fascinated and amused! I continue reading the story feeling lie I was a part of all this. And I cried many times because it touched me so deeply! This story will stay with me and I'll read it again many times! I loved the writing, it's beautiful and poetic. Renee is simply a brilliant author!

"I guess it’s like reading a good book. The kind where you don’t want to skip pages to see what happens at the end. Each moment is a story in itself.”

Everybody should read it! I highly recommend it to everyone!

1 comment:

  1. I read one book by this author, and I really loved it. I have this on my TBR and you just reiterated the fact that I know I'll love it. Thanks for this, and nice review!


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