They say it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Finn McGraw disagrees.
He was just 17 when he had a torrid summer affair with the girl who stole his heart - and then inexplicably turned on him. Finn may have moved on with his life, but he's never forgotten her.
Now, 10 years later, he's got more than his lost love to worry about. A horrific accident turns his life upside down, resurrecting the ghosts of his long-dead family and taking the lives of the few people he has left.
Finn always believed his estranged brother was responsible for the fire that killed their family - but an unexpected inheritance with a mystery attached throws everything he knows into doubt.
And on top of that, the beguiling daughter of his wealthy employer has secrets of her own. But the closer he gets, the harder she pushes him away.
The Seacrest is a story of intrigue and betrayal, of secrets and second chances - and above all, of a love that never dies.
"The Seacrest is a poignant love story that will have you reaching for the tissues. Every woman needs a Finn McGraw!" - Victoria Howard, bestselling romantic suspense author of Ring of Lies
"At a time when many authors seem to crank out fiction by the numbers, Aaron Paul Lazar invests his whole heart in every book he writes. His stories shine with sensitivity, compassion, and the richness of deeply personal experience." - Michael Prescott, bestselling author of Grave of Angels
"This book is about love – first love, young love, unrequited love, lost love, and rediscovered love. Simply put, it's a good old-fashioned love story with an ending that will make your heart swell with joy." - Cindy Guest Taylor, notable book reviewer.
"I just finished reading Seacrest by Aaron Lazar. Let me tell you, ladies...you will LOVE this book! A love story of all love stories, and characters so easy to fall in love with! Aaron has a way of painting a world so descriptive you feel like you're really there. If I had a five star rating system to use, I would give him six!" - Heather McLaren, author.
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I was hooked!
First love forever
It's very difficult to switch time frames and make it work without jarring the reader, but Mr. Lazar does it beautifully in The Seacrest. Each chapter becomes a short story in itself, and the reader is taken back and forth as the story unfolds into the present. And what a story. There's something in the book for everyone: mystery, suspense, but it's mainly a love story that survives lies, mistrust, and misconceptions. Fortunately, I listened to it on a long drive, and I was totally caught up in the story and eager to find out what happened next.
Both reading a book and listening to one offers totally different experiences. Reading allows you to create the scenes and voices in your mind. Listening adds emotion, and Mr. Kuch does a fine job drawing the reader into the head of the main character. I felt the pain and joy and love through his narration. Fine job, Mr. Kuch.
Mr. Lazar is a fine writer. Period. End of story.
- Polly Iyer
A love story where fate will not be ignored.
Yes because it avails you to listening opportunities that are not available to reading.
This book surprised me. The audio version narrated By George Kuch so caught my interest that I ended up taking my earphones into the office with me so I could finish the chapter before having to wait until the end of the workday to start listening again. [My usual reading and listening preference is mass-market historical romance and/or thrillers (for a change of pace) and The Seacrest is listed on Goodreads as a Contemporary Romance/Adult Fiction, which is neither.]
There are several life stories woven into one tastefully written novel.
It starts out with a tragedy, where Finn McGraw's wife and brother, die in a car accident together. The next chapter switches to 16 years ago and how Finn falls in love with his soul mate at the tender age of 16. The book alternates chapters between the past and the present, giving readers more insight into the characters.
After the car accident, Finn is left wondering why his wife and brother were together in the first place, as he didn't have a clue that his wife had ever met his brother with whom he has not spoken to in 10 years. His employer’s daughter, Libby, who herself is recovering from the death of her abusive husband, helps Finn to put his life back on track and to find the feelings that he experienced as a 16-year old boy again.