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Swear on This Life - by Renée Carlino (Paperback)

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About the Book

"When a young graduate student discovers she is the romantic inspiration behind a pseudonymously published literary sensation, she embarks on a search for the elusive writer"--

Book Synopsis

Booklist, Top 10 Women's Fiction of 2016

Goodreads Best Romance of August

Redbook.com's "20 Books by Women You Must ReadThis Fall"

Popsugar's "21 Fiction Reads to Add to Your Fall Reading List"

Bustle's "11 New Romance Books Perfect for Summer Beach Reading"

Brit+Co's "16 Must-Read Adult Books Out in August"

Sunset magazine's "Bookmark this: Your ultimate summer reading list"

From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she's the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.

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?

Review Quotes

Praise for Swear on This Life:

"Swear on This Life is Renée Carlino at her finest. Raw, real and gripping; I read it in one sitting."--Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us

"[Readers] will find themselves simply smitten by both the novel in front of them and the story within the story. Romance readers and women's fiction fans should snap up this charming love story."-- "Booklist"

"A beautifully-written second-chance romance that stays with you long after you're done."-- "Vilma's Book Blog, 5 stars"

"Carlino fans will love this one, and so will readers who have not yet made her acquaintance. The tale is engaging and paced to keep the pages turning long after the lights should be out."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Carlino's writing will transport you."-- "Book Baristas, 4.5 coffee cups"

"Compelling and unique...If you enjoy second chance romances, emotional reads, and books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Colleen Hoover (and Renee Carlino!) don't miss Swear on This Life."-- "The Reading Date"

"Easily one of the very best reading experiences I've had all year. I absolutely loved every word and highly recommend it to everyone!"-- "Aestas Book Blog"

"Holy schnikes, this book...I love the juxtaposition of the story within a story, and I'm addicted to Emi and Jase's ill-fated love."-- "Heroes and Heartbreakers"

"I know we're only a little more than halfway through 2016 but I'm proclaiming Swear on This Life to be a Top Pick of the Year. It has to be, thanks to the incredible storytelling ability of Renee Carlino." -- "Harlequin Junkie (Top Pick)"

"Mesmerizing. A story of love and redemption, Renee Carlino's novel is a perfect reason for staying up too late to read."-- "Shelf Awareness"

"Mysterious and compelling, Swear on this Life is the epic love story your summer needs." -- "Bustle"

"Renée Carlino is an author whose stories always make the heart grow tenfold, but with this book she brought mine to the point of bursting...[I] cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone seeking an exquisitely-written second-chance romance that will leave you lost in thought for days to come."-- "Natasha is a Book Junkie"

"Renee Carlino continues to astound me with her unforgettable and unique stories that touch readers' hearts, and I am a FOREVER fan."-- "Shh Mom's Reading"

"Romance fans will find this heartfelt story of resilience and first love hard to put down."-- "Library Journal"

"The single most intoxicating reading experience I've ever had."-- "Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads (#1 Favorite Read of 2016)"

"This bestselling author knows how to deliver a literary punch, and Swear on this Life is her strongest yet."-- "Redbook.com"
Dimensions (Overall): 8.1 (H) x 5.3 (W) x .9 (D)
Weight: .75
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: Paperback
Author: Renée Carlino
Language: English
Street Date: February 21, 2023
TCIN: 50505526
UPC: 9781501105791
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-7390
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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4 out of 5 stars
Jessica - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn’t say it’s a favorite. As the book summary explains, the main character Emiline discovers that her childhood/teenage love wrote a book that covers their childhood and the young love they experienced from her perspective. So the book basically switches back and forth from her life now and her reading the book Jace wrote. I really enjoyed the sections when Emiline was reading the book rather than the actual book itself which is her life now. I also feel like Emiline and Jace aren’t really like the characters in the book he wrote about them. Jace was so sweet and kind to Emiline when they were younger but now just seems different in present time, so this threw me off a bit. Overall, I still enjoyed it and took about a day and a half to read. I honestly was hoping this book would be similar to Christina Lauren’s “Love and Other Words,” but it didn’t come anywhere close to it. This was also my first time reading a book from this author, but still recommend it as a weekend book.
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Lynn - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
By far the best book I’ve read in 2020! I read it in a day! It’s such a good book that even when it ended I wanted it to continue!! I hope to find more books like this one. Highly recommend.
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