The Eighth Wonder The Eighth Wonder on 1/31/2012
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Pages: 204
five-stars

Nicole Benson is a self-made woman. She put herself through school, sacrificing marriage and children for her career. In the summer of 1997, at the age of 35, she finally graduated with a Ph.D. from NYU, but her life is thrust into chaos when her father, the only person she's ever leaned on emotionally, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. After fifteen years in New York City, Nicole leaves everything and everyone she knows to teach for a year in Bradford, Pennsylvania to be close to her father in nearby Buffalo. Now, trapped in tiny Bradford, she has never felt more alone in her life. . . until she meets Tom Ryan. At 44, Tom represents what Nicole longs to be: settled, secure, and clear about his purpose and direction in life. Emotionally scarred, he and his wife of 23 years survived the death of their daughter to leukemia. Tom and Nicole's story begins as a journey of self-discovery for both of them but turns to bittersweet tragedy when their friendship becomes love. Nicole risks offering what she has never given before, her heart; and Tom has never felt happier or more conflicted when he falls in love for the second time in his life. Their lives become intertwined and changed forever when they both must face the most difficult decision of their lives.

THE EIGHTH WONDER 
by Kimberly S. Young

What ever you do, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. 

A table… 
set within a home made of joy and bliss between two destined souls.

A simple mason jar… 
You see it filled with pine sprigs, but it’s spilling over with love & care.

The bridge… 
a view shared together, captured in memories to last forever. 

To look at this cover without reading the words that lie within would be a tragic injustice…
To say I loved this novel was an understatement. Author Kimberly Young gives you well developed and in-depth characters, dealing with everyday real life romance situations. The story tears at your heart; it pulls you in and makes you feel. I find the characters completely relatable, maybe that’s why it had such a profound impact on me.

Professor Nicole Benson, Ph.D. in Political Science has decided to take a temporary one year post at a small college in Bradford, PA. Not an Ivy League college as she may have dreamed about, but she had a reason for taking this job. Her father has cancer and she wanted to be closer to him in Buffalo; and maybe realign & reevaluate her life in the mean time. What Nicole doesn’t realize is that this little town of Bradford will deliver on giving her everything she never knew she wanted and couldn’t have.

Tom. Married Tom. Charming, older, captivating, interesting, rugged and kind Tom. He runs the local Nursing Home, donates his time at the local shelter, loves to hike, camp and
did I mention he’s married?

Tom didn’t know what to think when he encountered the young, vibrant and smart Nicole Benson; He couldn’t keep his eyes off her. 

Nicole found him in the crowd, she didn’t know why she was drawn to the man in the crowed picnic area. Tall, handsome, virile and … words can’t describe her attraction.

I don’t want to give away too much and spoil one of the BEST contemporary romances I’ve read this year, hell in the last 3 years. Move over Nicholas Sparks; Ms. Young is ready for her close-up! This novel has “MOVIE” written all over it.
Some have quoted the book as “a modern day Bridges of Madison County” and I totally agree. There is no HEA here, but there are a series of unforgettable moments you don’t want to miss. Please read. Buy and support this Author.

Author Website: http://kimberlyyoung.net

five-stars