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Category: Romance

Publication date: Sep 6, 2012

ISBN (paper): 978-161213-115-3

ISBN (ebook): 978-1-61213-116-0

Lessons Learned

Sydney Logan


A young girl needs to spread her wings, but a young woman needs roots.

High school teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of her childhood home. Orphaned as a teenager and raised by her grandmother, she had severed all ties with the people of her hometownincluding her best friend, Aubreyin hopes of leaving everything behind her. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.

While visiting the local hardware store, Sarah meets Lucas Miller, a history teacher who has recently transferred from New York. She discovers a kindred spirit in him and learns that he is battling demons of his own. As the newest faculty members of Sycamore High School, they form a friendshipbonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives in the secluded town. When they begin to open their wounded hearts and share their secrets, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance, giving each of them hope that maybe they aren’t so wounded, after all.

Their newfound love is put to the test when Matt Stuart, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. Fearing the painful incident that drove her from the city has followed her to Sycamore Falls, Sarah grows fiercely protective of her student. Determined that history will not repeat itself, Sarah stands by Matt’s side as he faces the ridicule of his church, his teammates, and the school administration. When the conservative community finally learns his secret, Sarah and Lucasalong with the town of Sycamore Fallsare schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.


Praise for Lessons Learned:

Top Romance Read of 2012 by Nose in a Book Reviews:

GREAT READ! Lessons Learned is a heart wrenching story about two teachers, each struggling to move on from their respective pasts, and how their pasts help shape them in a way that they could save the life of one of their students. I will state right off the bat, that I LOVED this book. It is a book that makes you really think about some of the more weighty topics in this world without being preachy or heavy handed about it. The lessons learned by the main characters are also lessons, you as the reader, can take away, too.


Best of 2012 Round-Up by My Fiction Nook:

The book made me swoon, laugh, cry and ball my fists in anger. I fell in love with the two main characters, I cried for Matt and his mother, I smiled at Aubrey's not so subtle match making, and I raged at the prejudice and hate that Matt had to live through.


Lessons Learned is a book that isn’t easily forgotten... I urge you to give it a read. You won’t regret it. Also, did I mention it starts with a bang? Talk about the best prologue ever. Blew me away.

-JM Darhower, author of Sempre (Forever)


Very Intense, Highly Emotional and Extremely Raw . . . Lessons Learned is a thought provoking story about love, hate and all the things in between the two. Keep the Kleenex handy; this is one of those reads that will have you waking up with puffy eyes.

– Reviewed by Alexis at Reality Bites:


"I’ve always believed that a great book is one that enthralls you, wraps you up, and takes hold of you. It truly encompasses your mind and your senses, allowing you to hear the voices of its characters, feel their emotions, and be challenged by their thoughts. Books should consume you for the space of time that you are reading them and should leave a whisper of a presence on you long after your reading has concluded. Sydney Logan’s book Lessons Learned is one of the best books that I’ve read this year because it does exactly that." - Whitney (Reviewed on Goodreads)


"I haven’t read a book in a long time that I can compare to my favorite author Nicholas Sparks. THIS book is that book." - Becky  at What You Talking About Willis


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