Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Thousand Tomorrows/Just Beyond The Clouds by Karen Kingsbury

Book Descriptions:
A Thousand Tomorrows & Just Beyond The Clouds Omnibus
Author: Karen Kingsbury
In A Thousand Tomorrows, Cody Gunner, a talented but angry cowboy, meets Ali Daniels, a lovely and mysterious barrel-racer. The two are national champions, top of their game, alone and intent on staying that way. Cody has rejected everything about his past, and only has room for his little brother, Carl Joseph, born with Down Syndrome. Ali embraces life, making the most of every moment because of a secret she keeps hidden from the public, connecting her with a sister who died before she had a chance to live. Before their paths intersect, competing is all they need, but what fears must they face if together they ignite a love that burns brighter than both of them?

In Just Beyond the Clouds, Cody is nursing a broken heart over the death of the love of his life, when he meets Elle Dalton, Carl Joseph's teacher. Cody can't bear the thought of losing his little brother, too, so when Elle begins championing Carl Joseph's independence, she finds herself at odds with Cody. But even while they battle it out, they can't deny the instinctive connection they share, and Cody faces a crisis of the heart. What if Elle is the one woman who can teach Cody that love is still possible?

In the brand-new omnibus edition, Karen Kingsbury's continuing story of devotion, tragedy, and renewal, comes to life, teaching that while love often causes the heart to break, it's also the only thing that can mend it again.

My Thoughts:
These were good books. In 'A Thousand Tomorrows', Cody Gunner is the best bull rider around. He uses bull riding as a release for his anger toward his parents. His father left because Cody's younger brother has Down Syndrome and Cody has always blamed his mother for his father not staying. He meets Ali, who is a kindred spirit with a big secret. Their likeness draws them together even as her secret will tear them apart.

In 'Just Beyond the Clouds' continues Cody's story. He is back home, trying to figure out where life is going to take him and make some tough life choices. He wants to care for Carl Joseph, his brother, and is angered to find that Elly, Carl's teacher is teaching him to live independently. Feelings develop between Cody and Elly but both are afraid to persue them in case they get their hearts broken, and what would it do to Carl if they had a relationship?

I fell in love with Cody. He made such an amazing transformation in the first book. His love for Ali was so strong and pure, just amazing! I knew what was coming but still cried at the ending. In the second book, Cody just became an even better man. His love for his brother was great, his relationship with Elly was complicated and Kingsbury did a great job working through all of the 'issues' while educating us about the diseases in the stories.

5/5. These books are great, any woman would love to read them. Beware, they will make you cry!

Thank you to Hachette for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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