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Can you ever truly love someone who robbed you of everything?
Sixteen-year-old Claire Williams spends most of her days feeling angry and alone. After a car accident took her mother and Claire’s ability to walk, life in a wheelchair is the new normal.
When she’s sent to live with her grandmother, away from school and friends, Claire has a chance for a fresh start. Just when Claire thinks she can handle things, she runs into Todd – the son of the man who caused the car accident.
At first, Claire wants nothing to do with him, but the more time they spend together, the more she hates to admit her feelings. She’s slowly falling in love with Todd.
Now, Claire’s father wants to move and take Claire with him. But she can’t go. Not now when everything is falling into place, and she’s just now finding herself. Claire’s defiant. She won’t leave Greenwood, her new friends, her grandmother, or Todd.
Can Claire find the strength to let her dad go on with his life while leaving her behind to live hers, or will she allow the guilt and shame of surviving the accident pull her back under?
When they were creating the cover for Finding Me, I was asked a lot of questions about the characters, setting, and what my favorite scene in the book was and why. I waited (rather impatiently – I was super excited!), and when I finally got the e-mail with a glimpse of the cover for the book, I fell in love. It is such a beautiful cover and I feel like it truly captures the romance and overall theme of the book – plus the characters on the front look exactly as they are described in the novel (right down to Todd’s watch!), which meant a lot to me. The designer truly went above and beyond to make this cover incredibly special, and I will forever be thankful for that.
Here’s a little back story about the cover, so you can see just why it means so much to me! Later in the book, there is a scene where Todd takes Claire out for a walk in the neighborhood, and since it’s a beautiful fall day, they come across a pristine, newly-raked pile of leaves. Claire wishes she could jump in a leaf pile again, but since she can’t because of her disability, Todd decides to step in and help. He picks her up and carries her before jumping into the leaves with her, making her incredibly happy. This scene, while a small one in the book, offers a truly profound glimpse into the caring person Todd is, and how deep their relationship goes. Claire and Todd’s relationship is one of my favorite aspects of the book, and writing sweet scenes like this one is what I love most about being an author.
On the cover, you can see the pretty fall leaves and Claire nestled on Todd’s lap. I thought this was so well done and so thoughtful that they were able to capture the characters like this, as well as my favorite scene in the book.
About the Author
Kelly Gunderman was born a child of the late eighties in small-town Pennsylvania. A bibliophile in her own right, she is hoping to one day surpass the number of pages she has turned with those she has written of her own accord.
Having recently completed her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development, Kelly suddenly found herself with a bit more free time than usual, and began her immediately successful foray into blogging and Freelance Writing, which subsequently led to her renewed desire to finally put her ideas and imaginings “on paper.”
Focusing primarily on the Young Adult genre, Kelly has recently finished and her first novel, Finding Me, which is set to be published in early 2019 by Swoon Romance.
She currently resides in her original home town with her husband, their two daughters, and a few cats that constantly challenge the sanity of all with their ill-advised attempts at what can only be assumed to be world domination.
One (1) winner will get a Swoon Romance ebook title from a previous publication year of their choosing.