Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hale Maree by Misty Provencher

Goodreads description: 

Please be advised that this book is NOT suitable for Young Adult readers due to language and explicit sexual situations. 

Hale Simmons dreams of climbing out of her impoverished life, going to college, and getting herself a titanium crash helmet, so she can eventually bust through the Plexiglas ceiling of her crappy life. But for now, she’s just a 18-year-old girl with a flimsy hope, barely getting by with her alcoholic father, Jerry.
But for Hale, ‘crappy’ suddenly takes a nosedive, when Jerry becomes the sole witness to a horrible accident. It is an event which means to effect everyone, especially Hale, who wasn’t even involved.
While the depth of the accident has just begun to unfold, Otto Maree, a prominent business man and old family friend, stands to lose everything because of it. Otto is desperate for Hale’s father to stay quiet about what occurred the night the two men met for a drink. Out of mutual moments of desperation, the two fathers forge a deal. Jerry is desperate to gain financial stability for both himself and Hale, and Otto Maree is more than willing to pay to keep his secret just that. 
But deals like this need to be made of the strongest vows and bound with the most faithful of loyalties. Otto proposes a marriage between Hale and his playboy-son, Oscar, in order to assure that the secret remains ‘in the family’. The mystery surrounding the accident continues to grow and Hale struggles against her own mysterious feelings that begin to develop for Oscar, who turns out to less of a playboy, but just as fiercely loyal and dedicated as his father. 
As the pressure around her continues to escalate, Hale realizes that she’s got to decide if this arranged marriage is really just a big mistake or an amazing twist of fate that has been waiting around for this particular accident to happen.

Mary's Review:

I love Misty! She has quickly become one of my favorite authors and a dear friend!  When I learned that she was writing this book, I jumped up and down.  Why?! Well, for one this is a different story for Misty.  Two, it sounds interesting.  Three, I love the COVER!! haha!

Best part of book:  Hale and Oscar are the best characters! Hale, 18, young with an alcoholic father and is just trying to get by.  Then her whole life is turned upside down when her dad comes home with some guy he knows and proclaims that she is getting married.  *shakes head* WHAT!??!?!?!  This is 2012 not 1712! I think (in fact I know) I would have reacted just like Hale did!! Enter: Oscar!  (Hello, new fictional boyfriend)  Oscar was not what I was expecting.  From the book description you see "play-boy" and Oscar is so much more.  (Man, Misty knows how to make a girl swoon).  The thing I love most about him is that he truly cares about Hale's feelings in this situation that they are in.  I love every part of this book.

Not so great about book:  I wish there was an epilogue or maybe a little bit longer ending.  I would have like to see the lives of Oscar and Hale after everything happened to them,  Maybe Misty has some more stories in that pretty head of hers and will release more ..... maybe I could bribe her with cookies (hhhhmmmm)

You can purchase it here--->>>Hale Maree

Personal note to Misty Provencher:

 Dear Misty,

I love your style of writing and the stories in your head.  I think you are a fantastic person both inside and out!  Thank you for including me in your acknowledgement page! You are a special person and I love you for it!!  I cannot wait to read more from you and will always be here to help if need be!!

Love Book Nerd Mary!


  1. Thanks so much, Mary! I am sooo happy to hear you enjoyed it and would like more! Thank you for reading!