(Shore House, #1)
Publication date: June 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Nora Hargrove’s post-grad life includes a horrific entry-level job, a cave of an apartment, and a strict avoidance of all interpersonal relationships. She knows only one thing about herself—she wants to be left alone.
Avoiding her mother’s forced family time, she seeks solitude on her own terms. In a poorly ventilated, overcrowded Dewey Beach rental, she discovers there’s no place to hide. Not from yourself, not from your life, and not from love. This is the story of Nora Hargrove’s full share.
I learned the healing power of a good bloody Mary and a dip in the Atlantic. I kayaked in the dead of night and witnessed the only shooting star I’ve ever seen. I fell in love on a bed made of pallets. I lived.
Life is deep. Dive in.
I’m a huge fan of Eliza Freed. She bowled me over with The Devil’s Playground and The Lion’s Den. Her writing is precise and intricate. Her characters are real. The speak and behave in ways that are true and believable to the characters she’s created. So, I was thrilled when her new book Full Share came out because I was hungry for more stories from Ms. Freed.
Full Share is a departure from the books I previously read and reviewed of hers. This story is more of a new adult. The characters are younger and going through some sort of “coming into adulthood.” But the writing is the same—strong, vibrant and real.
Nora Hargrove is that college graduate that doesn’t quite know what to do with herself. She’s on her own—mostly because her relationship with her mother was tarnished when she caught her mother having sex with her high school teacher. Nora works as a claims adjuster for an insurance company and has next to nothing in a social life—other than her co-worker, who continually tries to hook up with her. So when she gets an offer to spend the summer on the coast with an old college roommate—that she doesn’t really care for—and her friends, Nora jumps at the opportunity because she’d rather be with a bunch of people she doesn’t really know than hang out most of the summer with her parents.
Its at this beach house that Nora makes some real friends, learns what life means to her and falls in love for the first time. Ms Freed gives you a glimpse into most of the crazy college grads living in this house. Some will touch your heart. Some will anger you. Some will break your heart. But they are all drawn so vividly and assist in Nora’s growth as a person.
This story is a beautiful tale of finding yourself and how sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone before you can truly grow and become who you are meant to be. Another great job, Ms. Freed.
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.