Blog Tour Book Review: The Girl Who Stayed by Tanya Anne Crosby

The Girl Who Stayed coverAbout The Girl Who Stayed

• Hardcover: 292 pages
• Publisher: Story Plant (April 19, 2016)

Zoe Rutherford wasn’t sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan’s Island. The house on Sullivan’s hadn’t represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father’s cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her sister disappeared. But now that her parents are gone, Zoe needs to return to the house, to close it down and prepare it for sale. She intends to get this done as quickly as possible and get on with her life, even though that life seems clouded by her past, both distant and recent. But what she discovers when she gets there is far beyond her imagining and will change her in profound ways.

The Girl Who Stayed is a remarkable exploration of the soul by a writer with a rare talent for reaching into the hearts of her characters and her readers, a novel of transformation that will leave you moved and breathless.


“A beautifully written, page-turning novel packed with emotion.” – #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy

“The Girl Who Stayed is a deeply moving story. I am fascinated by the concept and by Tanya Crosby’s stunning storytelling.” – Stella Cameron, New York Times bestselling author

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Hello all and welcome to my stop on the tour for The Girl Who Stayed by Tanya Anne Crosby! Thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher The Story Plant for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Girl Who Stayed is the story about a woman named Zoe who returns to the town and house she grew up in after escaping it in the wake of her sisters disappearance. When she was 10, eight year old Hannah disappeared without a trace. The only thing left was her beloved bike that Zoe found twisted amidst the sand dunes. Zoe, now, at age 39 still hasn’t finished grieving and wondering what ever happened to her.

The Girl Who Stayed was definitely a welcome read for me. It was a really great read – it was entertaining, suspenseful and tragic all at once. I really loved how the narrative flowed from the past to the present and back again through each chapter. I felt like that really pulled me into the story and kept me engaged in it. It was a pretty gripping read. I didn’t expect it to be as suspenseful as it was so I was really pleasantly surprised by that.

I, for one, would be interested in reading more of the author’s work, I love her writing style and her characterization. I enjoyed this book immensely and I am giving it a 4 star review, I recommend it to people who like suspenseful reads or who love reading women’s fiction.


Tanya Anne CrosbyAbout Tanya Anne Crosby

Tanya Anne Crosby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five novels. She has been featured in magazines, such as People, Romantic Times and Publisher’s Weekly, and her books have been translated into eight languages. Her first novel was published in 1992 by Avon Books, where Tanya was hailed as “one of Avon’s fastest rising stars.” Her fourth book was chosen to launch the company’s Avon Romantic Treasure imprint. Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, Tanya is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor, and her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. In 2013, she penned her first romantic suspense novel, Speak No Evil, which appeared on the USA Today list. The Girl Who Stayed brings her full circle to work with Lou Aronica, President and Publisher of The Story Plant, who first published Tanya at Avon Books. Tanya and her writer husband split their time between Charleston, SC, where she was raised, and northern Michigan, where the couple make their home.

Find out more about Tanya at her website and on her blog, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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