Saturday, August 29, 2015

~*★Release Day Blitz w/Review★*~ 120 Days... by M. Stratton

Title:  120 Days...
 Author: M. Stratton
120 days... The average number of days someone stays at Last Resort.
17 weeks. Surrounded by love, laughter and support.
4 months more time than they had before they walked through the door.
Real estate developer Ethan McGregor’s life was changed forever when his younger brother told him he was dying of cancer. Ethan was ready to do whatever it took to save Evan, but Evan had other plans.
Say goodbye…
Samantha Truman runs the privately-funded Last Resort. Watching her parent’s drive and determination to live longer than the doctors gave them was the inspiration for the resort. It is her heart and soul--she lives to make sure that each day is precious, and one more sunrise or sunset can make all the difference the guests at Last Resort need.
After finding his brother’s journal, and discovering more about Last Resort, Ethan is determined to find out if this place is one of those “too good to be true” places that turn out to be a scam. But he was not ready for Samantha Truman, he was not ready for everything to change, for his point of view in life to be so incredibly altered, for the world to turn its axis. There are, after all, some things Ethan can’t control, who to fall in love with is one of them.
How much can change in 120 days?



Each and every one of the songs on this playlist mean a lot to this book, but these four songs I would listen to more than others while writing. Sometimes on a loop for hours at a time depending on what I was writing. 

The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert
Heron Blue by Sun Kil Moon
Bloodstream by Stateless
Long & Lost by Florence + the Machine

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Title: 120 Days...
Author: M. Stratton
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Reviewer: Melyssa 

120 Days by M. Stratton is a book that no matter how many times and ways I’ve tried to label it, cannot be placed in one specific place. It’s a book of love. One of hope and one of growth and change. It’s an emotional story that right from the first page, grabs a hold of you and never let’s go.

This is my first experience with this author, and as such, I sort of went in blind to her writing style from previous books (regardless of whatever genre they may fall into), but once the first page was turned and the story began to unfold, I knew it wouldn’t be my last go round.

There was a way with words here that not only touched my heart, but left behind marks on my soul by the time I turned the last page. Marks that even now, a week later, are still there. I can still feel this book.

I suppose the reason I’ve had such a hard time sitting down and reviewing this is because the connection that I normally get when I read has been amplified. What brings Ethan and Samantha together at the beginning of this story and what carries them through right until the end, I have firsthand experience with.


I’m going to be honest. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it through this. I didn’t think my heart was equipped to read about something that was way too close to home for me, but I am so glad that I didn’t let it stop me because just like Ethan needed Last Resort, I needed this story.

I needed the hope that was poured into all of these pages. The happiness and the strength that both the characters that weren’t patients and the patients showed as the story progressed. The empowerment and fight that came from reading the real life inspirational stories that were placed at the end of it.

When I say that this book is life changing, it’s not me trying to sell it to you. It’s because it’s true. Because it changed mine.

The way Ethan’s brother’s journal entries on a chapter to chapter basis connected so fluidly to what took place within each chapter was fantastic. His happiness and joy, his pain and his fear as he lived out his remaining days, they all connected to not only Ethan but Samantha as well, as these two beautiful human beings (although Ethan was a little rough around the edges at the start), found happiness, both in each other and on their own.

I would like to be able to say this book ends with a happily ever after. That cancer didn’t touch these two other more than it already had with her parents and his brother, and they rode off into the sunset together at the end, but I can’t. That’s what made this book so incredible though because while it didn’t end in the traditional romance sense, it did end beautifully.

Sacrifices were made, lives were forever altered, but the one thing that remained true through it all was that it was all infused with the deepest of loves.

I want to be able to say more, but it is my belief that in order to truly feel the effects of this story, to grasp the real meaning in its pages, you have to experience it for yourself. You need to read it. Feel it. No amount of breaking it down or retelling the plot will do it the justice it truly deserves.

M. Stratton and everyone else involved in letting me receive an ARC of this book before release, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It was a journey that I’m so very thankful that I took and one that long after that last page was turned will stay with me.

Thank you for sharing Ethan and Samantha’s story with the world.  
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About the author
M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her Storm Series and Bender. She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

Stratton is a self-proclaimed dork who loves to make people laugh. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd, but she quiet and shy on the outside. She spends her days plotting new ways to surprise her readers.

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