Wednesday, February 14

*** BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY *** In Harmony by Emma Scott

 Title: In Harmony
 Author: Emma Scott
 Release Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
 Tagline: “The root of all madness is an unbearable truth...”

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In Harmony Blurb
The root of all madness is an unbearable truth...
At seventeen, Willow Holloway’s life was torn apart. The happy, driven girl is gone, and she is
left wracked by post-traumatic stress her body remembers even if she does not. When her father
suddenly uproots the family from their posh penthouse in New York City to the tiny town of
Harmony, Indiana, Willow becomes more untethered and lost under the weight of her secret. On
a whim, she auditions for a part in the community theater’s production of Hamlet and
unexpectedly wins the role of Ophelia—the girl who is undone by madness, and her love of
Isaac Pierce is from the ‘wrong side of the tracks.’ The town bad boy. Girls pine for his attention
and guys are in awe of him. That he’s an acting prodigy only adds to his charisma. Isaac utterly
disappears into his characters; the stage is the only place he feels safe from his own traumatic
home life. He wants nothing more than to escape to Broadway or Hollywood, and leave
Harmony behind for good.
No one can play Hamlet but Isaac, and when the director pairs him with Willow in acting class,
they clash again and again—neither willing to open their hearts to anyone. But clashing leads to
breaking, breaking leads to the spilling of terrible secrets, and soon Isaac and Willow find
Shakespeare’s words mirroring their lives. When they are cruelly torn apart, neither know how
this play will end—with madness and heartache? Or healing, love, and the discovery of who they
are truly meant to be.
 In Harmony is a standalone NEW ADULT love story, and is intended for readers 18 and up.
 PLEASE NOTE, this book contains sensitive material such as physical abuse, and the aftermath
 of sexual assault (off the page). Reader discretion is advised.

In Harmony Excerpt
 “I’m so...not into being with someone right now,” Willow said with a nervous lilt to her words. “Not for a while, anyway.”
I heard a whisper on the breeze, or ever again. A heaviness in her eyes hinted she had lost something and had almost given up trying to find it.
She hasn’t given up, I thought, a fierce admiration welling in me. That’s why she’s doing the play. To find it again.
In that moment, I vowed to try to cut out all the egotistical bullshit and jealousy over Justin. The dance was out of range now anyway. I couldn’t ask her to go even if I wanted to. Which I didn’t. My job was to help her find what she was looking for in Hamlet, however I could. Even
 as it dented my eagerness to get the hell out of Harmony.
Willow shielded her eyes from the sun and squinted at me. “So what about you?” “What about me?”
“Do you like anyone?” she asked, her voice a half tone higher than usual. She laughed.
“That’s such a high school thing to ask.”
“No,” I said. “If all goes to plan, I’m leaving Harmony, remember? Stupid to start something
“Sure. Makes sense.”
A silence fell.
“Yeah, so I probably won’t go to the dance,” Willow said. “I’m not good in that kind of
situation anymore.”
“What kind of situation?”
She shook her head. “Never mind. I should get back.”
Willow started to scoot down off the block. I held my hand out to her to help. She hesitated
for a fraction of a second and then took it. I held my other hand out and she took that too. I steadied her as she hopped down and then we were standing face to face. Close enough I could
 see her pale blue eyes had lighter shards of blue in them, like a topaz. Close enough to smell the sweetness of her breath—coffee tinged with sugar. Close enough to dance if we wanted.
“Thanks,” Willow said, gazing up at me. “Sure,” I said.
I still held her hands. She didn’t let go. “So,” she breathed, still not moving. “Yeah.”
I glanced down at our hands. I hadn’t touched something this soft and good in ages. The sleeve of her coat bunched up and I spied a black mark on the inside of her forearm, close to her wrist. Willow drew in a breath as I turned her hand over. An X, about the size of a quarter, was stark on her pale skin.
She tugged her hands away. “I really need to get back.”
 Every instinct cried out to take her hand again, to ask her what the X meant. To lick my thumb and erase it off her skin. I didn’t know what it meant but the sight of it made my stomach feel heavy.
“I doodle when I’m bored. I told you that.” Her voice was sharp but her smile wobbled.
 “Let’s go.”

We walked the short distance back to town wordlessly. Back in front of the theater, Willow shouldered her bag and glanced around. “Thanks for today. I think Martin would be happy with our progress.”
“I do too.”
God, would he, I thought.
“So, I guess I’ll see you Monday?” she said.
“You have a ride home?”
“Oh, uh...” She still wouldn’t meet my eyes. “I was thinking of walking.”
“To Emerson Hills?” I said. “That’s a mile and a half and it’s getting dark soon.” She raised her brows. “I’m not allowed to walk in the dark?”
“You’re allowed,” I said, “but I don’t want you to.”

★★☆ My Review ☆★★

5 “Act Two, Scene Two” Stars

My heart is absolutely bursting with emotion. The romance curled around my soul and came alive within the pages. And my adoration for Isaac and Willow knows no bounds. In Harmony was a story of pain and growth and devastion and love. It’s about the healing power within each of us and finding exactly what you needed at exactly the time you needed it most. Plus Ms. Scott’s masterful storytelling while weaving two stories into one was worth the price of admission all on its own.

In Harmony follows Willow, a high school senior moving from New York to Indiana with her parents. The year prior, Willow’s world was rocked with malicious devastation. Her world was shattered one night and left her broken and covered in X’s. Moving mattered very little to her as nothing really mattered to her anymore. But once she started school, she met Angie, who pushed her way into her life and became the friend she needed most. And most importantly she met Isaac, the town reject but master of the stage. While his life unraveled years ago with the death of his mother, he found a home in the ability to inhabit the lives of other people through the words he memorized on stage. When it’s announced that Hamlet will be the next play, Willow grabs the chance to work through some of her own demons as Ophelia while Isaac continues his therapy as Hamlet. But they also get so much more. The rich girl from New York and the poor boy from nowhere Indiana build something neither expected. Something healing. Something powerful. But something that could ruin them both.

This book was unputdownable. It’s no secret that I have made love for Ms. Scott’s books and In Harmony jumped right up there with some of my all time favorites of hers. She has master her poetic prose and her beautiful storytelling. I felt these characters, their weakness and their strength. My heart pounded though most of the story and my stomach was in my throat until the very end. I loved Willow and Issac fiercely. I wanted to protect them and their hearts and I wanted to see them shine. And I did. And it was beautiful. 

And any review of this book would be remiss without mentioning the best, best friend to ever be written: Angie. I absolutely love that girl. She is the kind of friend that every girl needs. She’s the kind of girl that every girl should strive to be. 

If you’re new to Ms. Scott, this is the perfect starting place. She shines In Harmony and you will get a story of love and friendship and healing in all the most perfect of ways. And if, like me, you are already a fan, don’t wait. This is exactly the beautiful story you would expect from one of the shining stars of romance.  

Author Bio
Emma Scott writes romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. And love always wins. Always.
Where to Find Emma:
Facebook: Twitter: @EmmaS_writes
Instagram: @EmmaScottWrites
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