Monday, April 7, 2014

Giveaway: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

This New Adult title has something for everyone. A brown-eyed hockey playing hero, and a firecracker
heroine who will heal her own heartbreak if it kills her. And then there's the ivy-covered setting, with its Harry Potteresque dining halls and house vs. house intramural competitions.

It's a different kind of college tale, with a slow-burn love story. Keep the tissues handy! The giveaway is cute, too, with fancy notecards as well as a copy of the book. Enjoy!

Sarina Bowen lives in Vermont, with her family, eight chickens, and more hockey and ski gear than really seems necessary. She can be found on Twitter @sarinabowen.

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