Sometimes death isn’t the end. Sometimes it’s a beautiful beginning…
For some, it’s simply one of life’s certainties, nothing more. For others, it’s merely a fleeting thought, one often overshadowed by the reckless delusion that they have been blessed with the gift of immortality.
For Aubrey Miller, death is the definition of her very existence. Overcome with the guilt resulting from the loss of her beloved family, she alters her appearance from the once beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed little girl to that of one shrouded in complete darkness, enveloping herself in her own unbreakable fortress of solitude as a form of protection for others.
As she enters her first year of college, her goal is simple: Earn a degree with the least amount of social interaction as possible. What she never anticipates is the formation of very unlikely relationships with two people who will change her life in ways she never believed possible: Quinn Matthews, the boisterous former pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend from her past who never really let her go.
Over the years, as their connections intertwine and grow, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three…
But when death painfully reemerges, Aubrey is lost once again, burying herself deeper than ever before inside the familiar fortification of her fears.
Will the refuge of friendship, the solidarity of life-long bonds, and the power of unconditional love be enough to do the impossible?
Will they be enough to finally bring about…
The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller?
I never write letters for help but I am writing this letter to you in hopes that you can assist me in overcoming my book hangover from hell due to The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller. This read was not your average run of the mill book that I am used to, it was gut wrenching and soul crushing made up of tragedy and pain.
Though this read killed me at times, it made me view life completely different afterwards so I thank you L.B. Simmons, but please Abby help a sister out here with my hangover.
“All you need to know is that for many years my life was a dark, endless abyss of death. It followed me around like I was some sort of knock-off, subpar grim reaper. What is relevant for you to understand is that this is my story—my fight to emerge from underneath the shroud of death that I was fearfully hiding behind for so many years.”
If you were close to Aubrey, such as a relative, a friend, a pet, you were somehow met with an untimely death. So in order to protect others, Aubrey painted her appearance goth style, changed her name to Raven and withdrew from society.
But this changed for her during her four years of college when she forged two unlikely friendships with her roommate Quinn and Quinn’s boarding buddy, Kaeleb.
Quinn and Kaeleb helped Aubrey make an appearance again because of their friendship. Once Aubrey came back, death reaped havoc to those around her.
“Raven saved me. Saved so many people actually. Aubrey caused death. Raven prevents it.”
So what is Aubrey to do to save those around her but transform herself into the goth girl whose name is Raven.
“As long as I’m Raven, I’m labeled a freak. People typically won’t get within a five foot radius of me. I have no relationships; therefore I can’t cause any more death.”
Kaeleb wouldn’t allow her to withdraw, because Raven was missing out on love, friendships and life. He couldn’t let her get away from him again as he desperately wanted his Bree back, the girl he loved for the better part of his life.
“Aubrey Miller was never death. Aubrey Miller is just a girl. A girl who has experienced a lot of loss, losing her way for a very long time but choosing to remain buried inside gloom and blackness. A girl who has finally managed to find her light, coming forth through her fears and breaking free from her grave as she is truly resurrected.”
So Abby, now you can hopefully understand my dilemma, is there some sort of therapy that would help me with this book hangover of epic proportions? I can’t eat, I can’t sleep and I sure as shit can’t think straight. So please for the sake of my sanity, please Abby help a girl out here!
A Very Schmexy Reader
About L.B. Simmons
Wife, mother, novelist. I love creating characters that people fall in love with. They all have struggles, but find the strength to overcome. I have a lot of stories about my babies in my writing, so all you mothers out there will definitely relate!
Best Selling Author of Running on Empty and its companion novella Recovery. My third book Running in Place will be out Fall 2013.
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