I'll Stand By You

I'll Stand By You

by Sharon Sala

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"Sharon Sala is a consummate storyteller. Her skills shine in her Blessings, Georgia series. If you can stop reading then you're a better woman than me." —DEBBIE MACOMBER, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Welcome to Blessings, Georgia, the best small town in the South!

No one is alone as long as there is love to give
Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she's weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.

Everyone says the Pine boys are no good, but Johnny Pine has been proving the gossips wrong ever since his mother died and he took over raising his brothers. His heart goes out to the young mother and child abandoned by the good people of Blessings. Maybe he can be the one to change all that...

Blessings, Georgia Series:
You and Only You (Book 1)
I'll Stand by You (Book 2)
Saving Jake (Book 3)
A Piece of My Heart (Book 4)
The Color of Love (Book 5)
Come Back to Me (Book 6)
Forever My Hero (Book 7)
A Rainbow Above Us (Book 8)

Praise for I'll Stand By You:
"An amazing story by a true storyteller...Sala once again shows why she is a master of the romance genre." —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars
"Small-town romance with humor and heart and a heaping pinch of reality." —The Romance Dish
"A heartfelt and emotional love story...incredibly uplifting and gratifying." —Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402298592
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: Blessings, Georgia Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 225,469
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 115 books and novellas in print, published in six different genres — Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women's Fiction and Non-Fiction. First published in 1991, she's an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader's Choice Award, and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writer's Award of Excellence, winner of the Heart of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Booksellers Best Award. In 2011 she was named RWA's recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 Romance Writers of America presented her with the Centennial Award for recognition of her 100th published novel. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate. For book list, go to her website: www.sharonsala.net

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I'll Stand By You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
KelliJo More than 1 year ago
I simply LOVED this book. Sala shows us that family isn't always blood. And sometimes, we just have to do what's right - not what's easy. This is a story of two families coming together quite non-traditionally, but finding love and home and family regardless. Bullying is bad - no matter where you're from and doing what is right - is, well, right, no matter where you're from. I sure want to sit down and have a glass of tea with Dori and Johnny and the boys!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best feel good books I have ever read. The kind of book you can reread a dozen times and never get tired of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Sala ' s better efforts and part of the Blessings, GA series. Dori and Johnny are delightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great stories in Blessings, Ga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love my werewolves, vampires and alphas, human or other- wise. But sometimes a good, well told simple romance can't be beat. Great story, warm wonderful characters and well written. Read! READ!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down! Strong, caring, wonderful main characters. Sweet love story. Wish there was an epilogue to read about their new lifestyle and how the boys lived on the other side of the train tracks. Great story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tears giggles and full on belly laughs - Fantastic book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well-written 250 page book of a teenage mother in Blessings, Georgia, and a young man from 'the wrong side of the tracks' raising his little brothers in poverty, and how their lives intertwine in a smalltown atmosphere with heartbreak, humor, and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Looking forward to reading more from this author
joshua27 More than 1 year ago
One of the best book, I've read this year! I can't wait to read more of this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read....can't wait for the next one..
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
While technically a New Adult age ranged novel, the maturity level of the principal characters place this solidly in Contemporary Romance. Dori is 17 years old and when she got pregnant, tried out homeschooling, but then just got her GED so that she could start taking college courses. Her son, Luther Joe, is about 6 months old. Dori was raised by her grandparents after her parents died when she was about 8. Since her grandmother passed away, it has just been her and her grandfather, and now Luther Joe. Johnny Pine is 20 years old and raising his much younger brothers, Marshall age 10 and Brooks age 7.  Their father is serving a life sentence in prison and their mother died a couple years prior of a drug overdose. Johnny fought to keep his brothers with him, even if it means literally living on the wrong side of the tracks. Since then, it has been a struggle, one day he dreams of a better life for him and his brothers. Dori and Johnny have had a passing knowledge of each other, but neither has had the time or inclination to even think about a relationship with everything else going on in their lives. That is, until everything changes in the blink of an eye one night and Dori's whole world comes crashing down.  Johnny and his brothers are the only ones who offer her a hand and she accepts. I think I spent much of the first half of this book either in tears or near tears. It was just scene after scene of heart rending circumstances. But, one thing is sure, you get to know the real Johnny and Dori. The actual romance is very short, most of it happens in about 7 days. But they are very intense days, where Johnny and Dori get to know the true essence of the other person. And you just can't help but cheer them on, after all they have each been through. Though this book doesn't say that it is part of a series, but Ruby from The Curl Up and Dye  by Sharon Sala takes part in helping both Johnny and Dori at different time as well as has several scenes told from her viewpoint. I enjoyed this book, though I did think the ending was a bit far fetched, it was in the realm of possibilities.  I gave this book 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Sharon Sala for years and really enjoy her writing!  I just loved the characters in this book and cannot wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story--one that makes you feel good inside. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books that I have read in a long time. I can't wait for more in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Johnny and dori were so young. I like it when hero and heroine are young in stories. 23 - 27 is good age for heroine. In this story hiwever johnny 20 years old and more of a real man than some older men! I love u johnny. They both had pain in their lives and yet trust was there for each other from the start. Sharon sala's heros are so manly and yet so tender even though they have had oppositions in their lives. Yet it didnt take the caring nature away. Dori was sweet natured as well yet strong;not selfish or witchy. However it didnt tell why johnnys dad was in prison for life. Love this book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got the book based upon the brief description before reading the reviews, unfortunately. If you are thinking this is a marture novel, it is not. Seventeen year olds will not cut it in the quality of writing either. Do not buy this book unless you are a teenager. It is childish in its writing, babylike. A terrible read.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
I’ll Stand by You by Sharon Sala is a wonderful story that takes place in a small town in Georgia. This is a sweet romance, but it is really story driven about two young people having a hard time in their lives due to terrible circumstances. Dori Grant is our heroine, and I thought she was great. Dori, who is only 18, is a single mother who lives with her grandfather and baby boy. She works as a dishwasher in the local restaurant to help pay the bills. Though Dori lives on the nice side of the town, she is looked at with disapproval from her uppity neighbors. Johnny Pine is our hero, who takes care of his younger brothers, since their mother died. He has a steady job for a contractor, but ends are hard to meet, and he lives on the bad side of town. The story more or less begins when Johnny is called to rescue his youngest brother, Beep, who was beaten up by a small gang of children at school. The town of Blessings stands by Johnny, as he puts in a complaint to the school, and the parents of the children. Beep suffered serious injuries, but will recover. Almost at the same time, Dori suffers a major setback, as her house is on fire. When it is over, the house is destroyed and her grandfather is dead. Dori’s uppity neighbors offer her sympathy, but leave her and her boy standing alone, with nowhere to go. It is Johnny who drives by the fire with his brothers, who will come to the rescue to help Dori. What follows is a story of a town split apart by prejudice and one person, in particular who thinks nothing of destroying lives. But there were some really nice people that helped both Dori and Johnny fight the stigma, and the town joins hands to help them. While that is going on, Dori, who is now staying in Johnny’s house, takes care of the boys, cleans, and cooks. But Dori’s life will change for the better, as the local lawyer who helps her pro-bono, will discover some surprises for her. As each day passes, Johnny and his two young brothers find themselves caring for Dori and her son. Just when you think that things will get better for them, they get thrown another bombshell. The nasty neighbor, afraid of backlash will create more havoc with false lies, causing more trouble for both Johnny and Dori. There is another villain, who will get his just due, some with humor With the lawyer’s advice, Johnny and Dori will commit to each other to protect their family from social services in order to protect the children, and a sweet romance truly begins. This was a different type of story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The two main characters, Johnny and Dori were great. It was nice to see some really nice secondary characters that brought the town together to help those in need. Very nice writing by Sharon Sala, and a wonderful uplifting story.