While You're Awake by Amber Stokes | My Review

Sweet New Adult Contemporary Romance Novelette 

There’s no rest for the fearful.
Ava always knew the bees would come. Just when she’s settled into a place of her own, freelance editing and savoring her independence, her rental house is invaded by a swarm of honey bees. And with their arrival, her lifelong fear morphs into a full-fledged panic that steals her sleep—and her peace of mind.

Keegan knows all about fear. When he meets Ava at the coffee shop where he works, he can’t help but come to her rescue. Together with his German shepherds, Sun and Moon, he sets out to break the “curse” that hovers over Tired Girl. But is it possible to conquer nightmares and live a dream while you're awake?
This sweet novelette is a contemporary re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that sheds light on the worries that bind us and the love that leads to peace. 

|| My Review ||

As soon as this writerly friend of mine shared with me about her venture into a Sleeping Beauty retelling, I knew it was going to be a memorable one. The premise based around a classic tale but with a contemporary, charming spin to it, While You're Awake is in short, a lovely novelette. I read it in one sitting with a huge cup of tea laced with honey--an appropriate sweetener for this tale.

Ava is a princess of a character who does not know it. She is one I was very closely able to relate to from her work with writing and her season of life as well as her personality. Not so much the underdog archetype many female heroines or modern princesses, Ava is a sweet, gentle soul and honestly? A heroine I quite prefer to the underdog archetype.
And Keegan, Angel Boy as Ava comes to nickname him, is one barista I wish I could find in my local coffee shop(s)! Down to earth, gallant and smiley, Keegan is an unlikely hero to Ava with her bee problem and forms an unlikely friendship that blossoms into the sweetest love story I've read in a while.

The theme of facing ones fear's--whether present or past, haunting ones--is so tenderly woven through out for both these characters, and their love story. It made it a joy to read as all was revealed and the happily ever after-esque ending came all too quickly.

Don't pass up this sweet novelette. Treat yourself to it for a mere dollar--cheaper than a latte--and brew a cup of joe or tea and relax for this bright, charming tale of a modern day Sleeping Beauty and her Prince.

About the Author 

Amber Stokes works as a marketing content writer for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor's degree in English and run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she's always considered home.
 You can learn more about Amber’s books, sign up for her author newsletter, join the Amber’s Gems street team, and more at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

|| Giveaway ||

Enter to win a little something sweet from Ava, Keegan, and the author! One winner will receive a lovely yellow and gold flower necklace & earrings set from Baubles, Beads and Stuff; a $10 Starbucks gift card (delivered electronically); and a Kindle copy of While You’re Awake (can be gifted to a friend, if desired!). Open to US residents only due to shipping costs.
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Meghan Gorecki
Meghan Gorecki

Words, history, and grace color my days here in The Burgh where I seek out the perfect coffee and red lipstick.


  1. I love this story. Lovely review, Meghan! =)

  2. Thank you so much for this encouraging review, Meghan! I love what you had to say about both Ava and Keegan, and I'm thrilled you enjoyed their story. :) Grateful for your support and friendship!


  3. Oooh! So fun! I want to read this book. Amber is such a great author!

    In answer to your questions for the giveaway.

    (1) plain black, no sugar coffee.
    (2) I fear being rejected by people I love. (trying to get over this one)
    (3) I'm a night owl, but once I get to sleep, I'm a sound sleeper. ;)

  4. I'm so glad you liked the story, Emily! Thank you for reading and reviewing. <3 And isn't Meghan's writing lovely?


  5. Aww, thank you for the kind words, Melinda!

    Goodness, I can totally relate to your fear of being rejected. I hadn't thought about it for this question, but I think I would have to say I have a fear of being ignored, which goes hand-in-hand with rejection. That's a difficult fear to struggle with, for sure.

    And while I'm not a coffee-drinker, I can relate to your night-owl comment. I sleep really well when I actually make time for it. ;)


  6. I used to like being a night owl, but now it is getting bad with not enough sleep.


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