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Swear on This Life: A Novel


Swear on This Life: A Novel

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    Renée Carlino(Author)
From bestselling author Renée Carlino, 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?


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)"This bestselling author knows how to deliver a literary punch, and Swear on this Life is her strongest yet.” (“Mysterious and compelling, Swear on this Life is the epic love story your summer needs.”  (Bustle)“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)“[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)"Romance fans will find this heartfelt story of resilience and first love hard to put down." (Library Journal)“Mesmerizing. A story of love and redemption, Renee Carlino's novel is a perfect reason for staying up too late to read.” (Shelf Awareness)“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)“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)“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))“The single most intoxicating reading experience I've ever had.” (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads (#1 Favorite Read of 2016))“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)“A beautifully-written second-chance romance that stays with you long after you’re done.” (Vilma’s Book Blog, 5 stars)“Carlino's writing will transport you.” (Book Baristas, 4.5 coffee cups)“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)“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)

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Renée Carlino(Author)
  • Atria Books (11 Aug. 2016)
  • English
  • 3
  • Romance
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  • By Guest on 19 March 2017

    I felt like the book alternated between having well developed characters and plot line and being a bit fluffy and superficial in content. I think that switching made it hard for me to get fully invested in the characters but also made it hard for me to appreciate as a light beach read.

  • By Guest on 23 July 2017

    slightly predictable but very enjoyable

  • By vikki w on 19 March 2017

    I absolutely loved it I couldn't put it down!What a fantastic idea for a book such a brilliant story!

  • By DonnaC on 9 August 2016

    Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino5 stars!!!!“There once was a boy and a girl…”Renee Carlino really got me with Before We Were Strangers but she totally decimated me with Swear on This Life. This book was such a unique and novel concept, a novel within a novel. The synopsis pulled me into this one first and foremost, plus of course, it is Renee Carlino…but what was delivered was so unique, refreshing and totally unexpected. This book was seriously amazing, beautiful, poignant and so emotional. This was one of the greatest second chance romances I have had the pleasure to read and definitely the most individual. I know I have used UNIQUE a lot…but, this was just that, UNIQUE and I applaud the author for delivering something so different that even the way it was presented was a journey itself.“If you can surrender to the idea that there might be a plan, instead of reducing every magical moment to a coincidence, then love will find you. It found me.”Imagine picking up a romance book that is number one in the best seller charts, your friends are fawning over how incredible it is, how the author has such a fantastic female voice even though he was a man, how sad, intense and emotionally gripping the story was, how this poor girl went through so much and the author bared this fictional character’s soul only to start and find out it was your story. Not some story you wrote and somebody plagiarised, but your personal life story. Someone had cruelly capitalised on the pain you went through, sensationalised it, used their own creative license to redeem themselves and made a lot of money from it. Also, the painful realisation that the author could be none other than your childhood best friend and your first love, the man that left you twelve years before, with unkept promises only never to be seen or heard from again. You would be pissed!! As was our Emiline.“…but I guess it’s like reading a 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.”Emiline was a writer herself and was currently teaching writing at a university. While her friends around her had moderate success, Emiline was still struggling to find her voice, and her boyfriend of seven years was her toughest critic. Emiline had always kept her past to herself, she never opened up to anyone, not even her boyfriend, Trevor. Emiline was her present and her future and what happened in her past, stayed there, never to see the light of day again, until it wasn’t.“…the past would only fester and eat away at us if we tried to hold on to it too tightly.”When Emiline first picks up the book All the Roads Between my heart literally crumbled, Renee Carlino really delivered on the emotional impact that this book delivered to Emiline and thus passed it onto me, the reader. As this book flip flops from the present to chapters of All the Roads Between, which is Emiline’s past, you finally begin to understand the real Emiline. Layers upon layers of seamless, perfect writing, deliver a harrowing tale within the light of a beautiful friendship. A story of two kids who made the best of what they had and cherished every moment they spent together, how a childhood friendship developed into innocent love until they were cruelly ripped apart. How despite the adversities they were presented with, they still had each other, until they didn’t.“This could be the best thing for us, after it stops being the worst.”Now Emiline has two options, confront the author J Colby, or let bygones be bygones. Emiline though was stronger than she gave herself credit for and maybe just maybe this would be the closure she needed, or would it just bring up painful memories and even more damning, reawaken old feelings that she had spent over a decade damping down and trying to forget?“It’s impossible to really hate someone if you don’t love them at least a little.”Renee Carlino delivers an exceptional story that literally summons every single emotion with ease. You live and breathe Emiline’s story, you feel everything, you experience everything and you cannot help but be totally consumed by every little thought and every little detail. This story was captivating from first to last page, the writing was exquisite, breathtakingly real no matter the ugly but it is this that really hammers home their connection. How two kids effectively traversed a life of let downs, a life that no kid should experience, a life where one friendship was their life. Their one “person,” their one confidante, the one they could rely on no matter what. These two were connected by love, by friendship and by an invisible tether that would forever lead them back. A bond so strong that it could never be broken, just biding its time until the stars were aligned, until the invisible became visible.“Our story is great. Maybe not all the other s**t, but the story of us is perfect, Em.”Swear on This Life was heart wrenching at times, but uplifting in others. It was perfectly balanced, extraordinary in its delivery and will forever be a tattoo on my heart. Pure genius!

  • By Sue D on 5 February 2017

    I love the style of this author. She always has an original storyline with a twist, a strong couple, and the male hero has a great sense of humour.A somewhat lost young woman Emiline who was in a bit of a rut with her life is given a best selling book to read by her friend and flatmate which appears to mirror her early hard young life when she grew up in Ohio on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere with her best friend Jase. This story is told half in real time and half through Em reading the book, so unusual and well written. Very highly recommend this book, and everything this lady has written so far, especially 'Sweet Thing'.Just loved it and was sad when I finished the book. Looking forward to the next book from this author.

  • By miss e matthews on 14 August 2016

    I absolutely loved this book, I was hooked from the first page. The only thing I was disappointed with was how abruptly the book ended, i felt that the epilogue was rushed, I still would give it five stars though and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a heartwarming, second chance love story

  • By Chops0309 on 25 September 2016

    A great story with sizzling sexual chemistry between the two main protagonists that practically jumped off the pages. Read this book. You won't be disappointed.

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