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Before the Storm (Stillwater Bay Series) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Steena Holmes

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Fans of Jodi Picoult and Elin Hilderbrand will fall in love with this new series that sets the stage for her upcoming novel, Stillwater Rising, from NY Times bestselling author Steena Holmes.

Before the first shots are fired within the walls of Stillwater Elementary School, life went on as normal for five women who were close friends. Their monthly girls' night was coming up and they couldn't wait to get together. They all needed this night to run away and be carefree - from their husbands, their children, their church - with no expectations, no responsibilities, where they weren't mothers or wives.

No one expected their lives to be torn apart, their friendships tested in one short minute when their town is rocked by a danger lurking in their tight-knit community.

This novella gives you a glimpse into the town of Stillwater Bay and its residents. You will see what their lives were like BEFORE the storm that rocked their little community descended upon them.

This is a novella and comes before Stillwater Rising.

A portion of proceeds from this novella will be donated to help stop school violence.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4547 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 125 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Steena Holmes (7. Oktober 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00L2N0FFE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #822.229 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Steena Holmes wuchs in einer Kleinstadt in Kanada auf und hat einen Bachelorabschluss in Theologie.

Holmes wurde nach einem kurzen Schreckerlebnis inspiriert, »Wo ist Emma« zu schreiben, als sie ihre jüngste Tochter vermisst glaubte. Sie wollte eine Geschichte schreiben, zu der Mütter von kleinen Kindern einen Bezug haben konnten.

Ebenfalls von ihr erschienen ist der Roman »Chocolate Reality«. Darüber hinaus wurde sie im Jahr 2012 mit dem Indie Excellence Award ausgezeichnet.

Zurzeit lebt sie mit ihrem Mann und drei Töchtern in Calgary.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the most important fictional stories I have ever read 8. Oktober 2014
Von Annie McDonnell - Veröffentlicht auf
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Steena Holmes does it again, flawlessly telling a very difficult story with ease, heart and dignity to all characters involved. This had to be a difficult story to decide to tell, as it is a heart-wrenching story of a school shooting that took place at the local Elementary School in Stillwater Bay, Washington, USA.
The shooter was a 16 year old boy named Gabriel Berry. When we hear of these stories in the headlines, we often forget that the Mother of the shooter is mourning the loss of her child and the tragedy their child caused. Steena taught me that Gabriel’s Mother, Julie deserves as much support as the parents and families of the other victims. Ostracizing is not an option! What a wake-up call that was!! Impressive storytelling to say the least.
We are introduced to a flurry of families within this close knit community, with the main characters all being the closest of friends. We are introduced to a group of women that gather each month to get a break to just “be”. There is Charlotte, Jenn, Ann-Marie, Lacie, and even Julia; Gabriel’s mother. I fell in love with everyone’s family, history, and each woman tugged at a different part of my heart strings.
One of the most touching sentences was “a senseless act as the world looked on”. When these types of events happen, families cannot mourn in private. Steena Holmes gave me an entirely new outlook. I am grateful for having read this story.
You will walk away feeling different about these events. You will put the book down with a tear rolling down your check, googling to see when the sequel comes out.
My heart broke, and I anxiously wait to learn how this community heals.
This was one of the most important fictional stories I have ever read, to say the least.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I enjoyed meeting the families 15. Oktober 2014
Von Charlotte Lynn - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
With all the violence I am hearing about in the news at schools throughout the nation, I was unsure what to think of a series of books being written surrounding a shooting at a community elementary school. I now am sure that I will have to read this entire series.

In Before the Storm, Steena Holmes is introducing us to the families that lives will be forever changed when one young man causes havoc in his home town. I enjoyed meeting the families, seeing how they lived their everyday lives and were normal people just like me and my family and friends. They have issues, husbands who work too much, husbands who don’t pay attention to their families enough, and difficulty having a family just like the rest of the world. What they end up experiencing will definitely rock their world and change their entire lives.

Stillwater Rising, the next book in this series, is due out later in 2014 and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. This is a series that will tug at the readers heart and keep them wanting more. I believe it will also be a series that will shine light on school violence and the changes that need to be made to keep children safe. I will recommend this book.

**This is a novella and comes before Stillwater Rising and proceeds from this novella will be donated to to help stop school violence.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fans of Jodi Picoult's book "Nineteen Minutes" or Jennifer Brown's "The Hate List" will enjoy. 16. Februar 2015
Von Paula L. Phillips - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult's book "Nineteen Minutes" or Jennifer Brown's "The Hate List" , then Steena Holmes "Stillwater Bay" series is definitely the reads for you. Before the Storm is the prequel which leads up to the tragic events which occur in the main story "Stillwater Rising". Before the day , that would ruin the lives of five women and the community that surrounds them - these five women were inseperable , they would talk to each other on the phone and have monthly meetings where they would wine and dine and have fun. One fateful morning though, all that would change when one of the five women's teenage son would enter the elementary school with a gun and take a classroom hostage which would kill several children. Before the Storm is told from each five main characters - the five women's POV's and lead the reader to the events that took place and give the reader as well - an eye-opener into possibly why it happened. In some places, though on a personal note as I am one who enjoys these type of stories, I would have preferred possibly to have a little bit more of the school shooter's POV and not just the parents involved.
Before the Storm, was a quick read and if you are one who doesn't mind reading about School Shootings - then this is the perfect read for you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a very touchy and touching story 8. Oktober 2014
Von lsmoore43 - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a copy of this by the author for an honest review.

This story is a very touchy and touching one. About a town where everyone knows everyone. They all work together to make the town strong and each family has it's own problems but they are there for each other through most everything. Until their town is torn apart by a school shooting.

You will learn about each person that lost someone in each chapter. It tells what their lives are like before the shooting and leads up to the second book "Stillwater Rising" perfectly.

Such a wonderful town to live and raise a family in, until the unthinkable happens. The Mayor and the school principal are married to each other and work hard to keep the town running smoothly.

When one troubled teen walks into the Elementary school and shoots five people the whole town changes. Each life is touched in a different way.

It is a wonderfully told story that will touch everyone who reads it. I loved the way this story is told and how each person's life is told. It made me stop and think about putting blame on a person who is hurting just as much as everyone else and maybe just a bit more in many ways.

A definite 5 star story from start to end.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen MUST READ - A look into five different lives and how they are effected on the same fateful day. 8. Oktober 2014
Von Amy - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
This book takes you through the beginning a day that will change the lives of five close, small-town friends forever.

Each will be effected differently, but all will need each other's support as the series continues.

Steena does a wonderful job of reminding us that in all tragedies, humans are involved. Whether they are seen on the 'right' or 'wrong' side of a situation, everybody deserves to be treated like a human and is fighting his own battle.

It's a sober reminder that we are all quick to judge, but none of us know the extent to which another may be hurting or effected by events.

I was a little concerned that this book might be TOO timely, but Steena presented it, as she always does, easy-to-follow and easy-to-read light. Things aren't always sunshine and roses, but Steena's style makes us take the necessary steps to wade through some of these issues.

I'm waiting with baited breath to see how Stillwater Rising takes us further into this small town and how they handle the tragedy that has befallen everybody involved.

Another great book!
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