Sarah—We hadn’t spoken in years, and more often than not, he was on my
mind. When I moved back to town he reached out. I stalked him enough
times on social media to know he had a wife and two kids. I didn’t
want to get my hopes up, but the pull I felt inside couldn’t be
Aaron—She was back. I thought I’d never see her again, but there she
was. Within my reach. She agreed to meet up at the dirt track when I
sent her a message. What would she think of me being a dad? Did she
The unspoken feelings she tried to leave in the past forced her to
keep him at arm's length. He was in the middle of a divorce and had
two boys they both needed to consider. He was all in but she was
But sometimes...you have to follow your heart and let yourself fall—no
matter how things might end. It’d be worth it. Always.
by nora blake
Nora Blake's debut novel, Dirt Queen, is an emotionally gut-wrenching love story that will completely obliterate your heartstrings and leave you a blubbering mess as you inhale the words of Sarah and Aaron's heartbreaking journey. Tears fill my eyes even now just thinking about how their second chance at love ends in tragedy. I knew going in that this story was going to twist me up inside, since it was based on a true story, but in the end my heart was not ready for all the pain that I was going to experience.
The author is a brilliant storyteller that captured the heart and soul of Sarah and Aaron. She wrote in such a way that you felt as if you were experiencing every emotion firsthand. The story intertwines both heartwarming and heartbreaking moments that will have you laughing out loud in one breath and bawling your eyes out in the next. There is an abundance of truth surrounding this story that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout every twist and turn that is thrown your way.
Dirt Queen is one of those reads that will stay with you forever. If you are looking for a story with a happily ever after, then keep looking because this story will destroy your heart. While Aaron got his HEA with the woman he loved before his tragic end, Sarah is left with just the memories of their epic love story.
genres/tropes: true story, cotemporary romance
release date: may 20, 2021