Cover Design: Sarah Hansen at OkayCreations.
Photography: Mae I Design
Models: Alex Denning & Cherry Albrecht
Eleanora Boone wants to live her life, not the one her very southern parents planned for her, which is why she chose a college thousands of miles away. Now she’s faced with returning home or doing something that would defy her family. When an opportunity to visit Los Angeles falls in her lap, she uses it to become someone different.
California is everything Eleanora thought it would be, and even more so when she meets Quinn, the shy, reserved and brooding musician who’s the complete opposite of the guys she’s used to back home.
“You should do it, El. My brother lives there,” Sofia adds. Her brother, right. For the past two years, she’s told me about her brother. In fact, she tells anyone who will listen. He’s famous or is going to be, yet refuses to tell us his name, but talks about him an awful lot. He goes by Q, according to her. It’s some artist name or whatever. The thing is, when you’ve lived with someone for two years, you meet their family. Granted, this is the first time she’s met my parents, but my brother and sister have come to visit, and she’s had the dubious honor of meeting Roy. The only person in Sofia’s family that we’ve met is her mom, Alicia. Never the brother, which is a shame because anytime him and Sofia are together in pictures, he looks super-hot, and way out of my league.
Quinn was raised in a loud and boisterous family however there is no denying the love that exists between them. He has a gentle artistic soul and prefers to just enjoy the songs he writes and performs in small locals rather than join his sister’s band despite the pressure she is placing on him.
Now that Eleanora (Nola) has graduated college her family wants her to return home, marry her high school sweetheart and live the life they planned for her. She wants to chart her own course, so she moves to California with one of her friends and has found a job waitressing where Quinn plays.
Quinn is surprised by the connection he feels for Nola as the only people he allows close are his family. As they spend time together the feelings between them grow but it is only a matter of time before Nola’s past catches up with her and when it does will they be able to survive the devastation it leaves behind?
This is a story about two people who are trying to meet the expectations of others and need to realize that in order to be happy they must follow their own dreams. Quinn and Nola were perfect together and it was great to catch up with the entire clan.