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    Must read!

    Wow! This was my first book by Ms. Berg and what a book to start!!!! From the very first page of the Prologue, I was enthralled! Dean (yes, he has been added to my growing list of BBF’s) is such a strong man. He has endured so much pain, I was silently cheering for him in my head. Cora.....she is a very determined and strong woman to rise about the scars she bares to make a better life for her and her daughter. The title, The Scars I Bare, is a perfect description of the story of Dean and Cora. I have since one-clicked the first book and a book from another series by the author. I would recommend this book ❤️. Reviewed by: Dana D.
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    Loved this touching story of survival and romance

    The Scars that I Bare was even more beautiful the second time around. Let the wait begin for book 3. Can I please have more stars to rate The Scars I Bare? Five stars just doesn't do this book justice. Dean has been through Hell and now goes through the emotions of living but not living. While recovering from the ferry explosion he fell hard for nurse Cora. And then she was gone, just gone. Fast forward three years and Dean is still lost but back home in Ocracoke. Cora is now hiding in plain sight as Jake's Nurse. Cora has the most adorable daughter. If this was a movie she would steal the show. Get ready to fall in love with Izzie. Some scars are hidden. Some scars are invisible. Some scars can strengthen. Some scars can destroy. Some scars are the bridge to living. This story reached deep within. This story touched me. The journey was difficult. The journey tore at my heart. Hope is strong. Reality is even stronger. Pick up The Scars I Bare and discover real love. Stock up with snacks first though because you are not going to want to stop.
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    Absolutely LOVE this perfectly imperfect couple!

    Oh my gawd!!! I absolutely loved this book!!! It quite literally caused my heart to hurt and my gut to churn before flinging me up and away in the most amazing freefall of emotions. Dean lost his arm three years ago in a ferryboat explosion. During the long and painful days of recovery, he found Cora to be a bright spot of color and hope. Now he’s struggling daily to find some reason as to the purpose of his life. He is rambling throughout his days without any clear destination. The locals consider him a hero but he knows the truth. He is quite broken and there will never be any coming back from that fact. Cora has finally left her previous life behind her and is moving to Ocracoke, a small island in the outer banks. Years ago a patient shared stories of the island and when the time came for her to make the decision to move her daughter and herself away from Virginia, it was this idyllic place that she chose. She is broken in spirit despite the front she puts on for her child. When these two meet again things get…awkward. Each of them must deal with their own emotional and physical scars even as they yearn for more. Trust does not come easily to either of them but they slowly begin to build a relationship that has the potential to be the stuff of dreams. I adored both Cora and Dean. Dean’s pain is felt in every word of his journal entries even as Cora’s blog masks her own pain and lies. They each must face their pasts, despite their fears, in order to find healing and ultimately a forever kind of love. The actions of doing so was immensely moving and gut wrenching as they both take a step forward and then two steps back before finally leaping into the future. Lizzie, Cora’s daughter, was quite a character. Not your typical 4/5 year old. She is quite literally a genius and adds depth to the story that most child characters are unable to accomplish. I loved her sheer honesty in spite of her scary intelligence. This was a well written story that never bogged down. Filled with exemplary secondary characters, angst from mostly inner turmoil, a smattering of humor, a slow burn relationship and the most perfect HEA, this is definitely worth checking out.
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    Breathtaking and Intense

    This was not my first rodeo with this author, and let me tell you that the first one was an intense one... JL Berg has a way with words that can appeal to your heart and make you fall in love with the characters. The Scars I Bare is her latest release, it's the second book from the By The Bay series and tells the stories of Dean and Cora. The first thing that appealed to me was the Blurb. I was curious to know more and the hot cover was a bonus. Dean had his life all planed out until an accident. He was left without one arm and enduring painful and long days in therapy. He had lost his motivation and his free spirit. There he meets Cora and she was the light he didn't knew he needed. Cora had the perfect life, a successful career, an amazing husband and a beautiful daughter until one day everything was lost. She hit rock bottom and decided to move with her baby girl to a new town in order to start again. Things aren't easy and when her path crosses with someone from her past... What a breathtaking story this was. The plot is intense, very well written, super engaging and surrounded by a blanket of darkness and deceive. The interation between the characters is beautiful and intense and they share a great chemistry. And I simply adore little Lizzie. The story progressed in a way that made me want to devour it in one setting. There were parts of the story that I wanted to get into it a hold them. For the lovers of a great romance full of feelings and struggles this is your book. Oh boy J. L. Berg this book is amazing. You've manage to get under my skin and I loved it. Can't wait for more. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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    The scars I bare

    a very moving story of two people damage in diferent ways but both ad tragic very real and we can hear about it so often.
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