Saturday, December 19, 2015

Book Review ~ Here to Stay (The Fish Tales #3) by Suanne Laqueur

Here to Stay
(The Fish Tales #3)
by Suanne Laqueur
Expected publication: January 14, 2016

“You can’t sort of do this, Fish. Draw a line and get on one side or the other...”

Love is never so sweet as when it receives a second chance. In the sequel to the award-winning novel The Man I Love, Suanne Laqueur continues the story of Erik Fiskare’s romance with Daisy Bianco. Though separated for twelve years, the extraordinary bond they forged in their youth has endured. Now reconciled and committed as adults, they begin to create a new life together.

Laqueur crafts a new journey that stretches into both the future and the past. Erik’s passionate, soulful love for Daisy continues to evolve and be tested. His friendship with Will Kaeger grows deeper and more complex. And unexpected contact with his Fiskare cousins offers insight to the cruel childhood desertion that shaped Erik as an adult. With Daisy at his side, he travels back to his hometown to explore fragile memories, meet his people and learn about the charms on his signature, heirloom necklace.

All these relationships will prove invaluable when Erik faces his greatest challenge as a son, a husband and a father. Once he walked away from everything he loved. But now he is here to stay.

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We read Erik’s story in The Man I Love and then we read Daisy’s side in Give Me Your Answer True.  Now the story continues twelve years later in Here to Stay.  Daisy and Erik are reunited and we the readers have the pleasure of taking this journey with them as they travel through life trying to figure it all out.  This journey though is full of ups and downs that will leave you an emotional wreck one moment and extremely happy the next.  Tissues are not optional, they are absolutely mandatory so just have them handy as you embark on this reading experience.

Once again Ms. Laqueur has crafted an amazing literary masterpiece that is truly heartwarming and emotional.  Although this story had its slow moments for me, every detail was needed in my opinion in order for the reader to get better insight on each character – to gain a better understanding of the past so that the present and future fell into place in order for Erik to find peace and for Daisy to find happiness.  I guess in a way, the story itself was slow burn up until the moment when the fire started to ignite and this story really came to life for me and I that point I couldn't put this book down.

This was a wonderful and beautiful story that really has it all – wonderful characters, a quest to connect with family and most importantly of all finding out that with love, everything and anything is possible.  It is also a story about overcoming heartache and despair and in the end building relationships that are stronger and that are ‘Here to Stay’.

As I have stated in previous reviews, Ms. Laqueur’s talent and ability to tell a story is pure perfection and once again I am simply amazed at her ability to write such an astonishing story.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a beautiful story of two people going through real life experiences facing challenges that just about anyone can relate to.

I would like to thank Ms. Laqueur for giving this reader a truly wonderful story that will stay in my heart for quite some time.  I can’t wait to see what’s next.

4 stars

Suanne Laqueur’s first novel, The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Its other 2015 accolades include the Beverly Hills Book Award, a gold medal from the eLit Book Awards and a current finalist with the Kindle Book Awards.

Suanne graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two chil-dren. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010 and now blogs at

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