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Tattered Stars (Tattered & Torn #1) by Catherine Cowles


Be brave. Just for sixty seconds. Twenty breaths.

One night changed them both forever. Their lives shattered, beyond repair, with jagged edges and pieces askew.

Now, Everly has a chance to make things right. To bring healing to the place where everything fell apart. But it means facing the family her father almost destroyed, and the boy with the dark eyes—now grown—who still haunts her dreams.

Just one breath away from having your life ripped out from under you. The last thing Hayes wants is another reminder of all the ways he failed sixteen years ago. When Everly drives back into Wolf Gap, his only mission is to get her to leave. For his family’s sake, and for his own, those demons need to stay buried for good.

But everything about this woman is a surprise, from her spine of steel to the sanctuary she hopes to create with the land her mother left behind. And Hayes is powerless to stay away.

As a careful friendship sparks into something more, someone watches. And they’ll do anything to tear it all apart…

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I’m always sure to need a hankie for one of Catherine Cowles’ novels and Tattered Stars is no exception.

Hope is the most dangerous of feelings for Everly Kemper. She has come back to the town that changed her life at age 11. All she wanted was to find peace in the only place she felt she fit in. What she found were threats to her life and a local sheriff who resented her return to Wolf Gap, Oregon.

Everly is so incredibly brave to return to a place with so many bad memories, but she is determined to make new better memories with her animal sanctuary. What better place to heal the injured and abused?  She is a kind and cautious soul who makes even the stubborn Sheriff Hayes Easton come around. I especially love how she opens her heart to the troubled and introverted Shiloh Easton whom she saved so many years ago. Their friendship is precious and so necessary to heal both of them. Hayes doesn’t make a good first impression, but with the admonishment of his family and his getting to know Everly with her big heart and amazing strength, he falls hard. His natural ability to protect the people he loves includes the woman who is getting under his skin. Especially, when someone is making them all relive what happened 16 years ago. The suspense is well-written as the reader is taken through twists and turns to the very nail-biting confrontation with a surprising reveal. 

The Easton family is so vital in this story.  Their kindness to Everly is heartwarming and genuine as they thank her in so many ways for saving Shiloh.  Everly’s co-workers and boss at the vet clinic are also supportive people as well. 

I highly recommend this heartbreaking and inspiring novel about finding peace and renewal in a place filled with so much hurt. I can’t wait to continue this series.

Thank you to Ms. Cowles for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.

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