Enduring Everything

Marked Heart

Book 1
M. Sembera
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In order to put years of heartache and abuse behind her, Ren learned to bury the past deep down inside herself and focus on one thing; raising her daughter Sophia. As the years passed, she found peace in the daily routine of her job and becomes content with being a mom.

On the night of her daughter's wedding, Ren takes a risk and strays from the predictable world she has set up for herself when her longtime friend Jackson rekindles a loving promise he made to her long ago. 

Ren cannot keep her past buried, and the two struggle when old problems start to creep back into their lives. She cannot get her world back in order and her instinct is to shut everyone out. 

In the midst of it all, Ren is coerced into helping Charlotte, an adopted teenager of her close friends the Roberts'. Reluctantly agreeing, Ren finds Charlotte is in dire need of self control and direction. Upon discovering they share a similar upbringing, Ren feels she can advise Charlotte and keep her from repeating her own mistakes. Taking steps to ensure Charlotte's recovery, her new found purpose causes a rift in the family she has come to know and love as her own.  

Battling issues, both new and old, will Ren & Jacks be able to endure everything life has thrown at them or will Ren give up everything and isolate herself from the inevitable pain that will follow when all her secrets are revealed?

Vol. 1 of The Marked Heart Series 
*EE is a stand alone novel featuring character's from The Rennillia Series*
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Publisher
M. Sembera
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Published on
Mar 17, 2014
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Pages
275
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ISBN
9780615953281
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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The true measure of a person's worth lies not within what they can offer you but what you have to offer them. No matter how desirable, are they worth your time, patience, forgiveness, loyalty, friendship, love, respect, understanding, compassion, trust? If not, they are worth more than you have to offer. They deserve for you to let them go.


Charlotte Roberts and Augustus (Auggie) Caffrey may never have known each other if it were not for William Caffrey. They would have simply moved on with their own lives without the anger and resentment that followed when William fell for Charlotte almost six years ago.

Under the pretense of introducing Trace Delgado, her soon to be fiancé, to her adoptive parents, Emerson and Amila Roberts, Charlotte arrives back in her small southern hometown to personally collect on the forgiveness William promised he would give her if she ever returned.


Spending his days at the hospital with his brother William and his nights tending bar at The Dog House, Auggie knows it is only a matter of time before he loses the brother he has tried his entire life to protect.


When Auggie finds out Charlotte is in town, to no doubt torment his brother on his death bed, he wants her to stay as far away from William as possible. All Charlotte wants is to be forgiven and move on with a clear conscience. While William's dying wish is to ensure the two people he cares about most step outside of their comfort zones and see that life is not as cut and dry as they think it is. 


Charlotte's guilt and Auggie's brotherly devotion compel them to, secretly, follow through with William's last requests forcing them to begrudgingly spend time together. The more time they spend together, the closer they become. And the harder it is to keep what is taking place between them secret. 


Late nights visits and stolen moments cause Charlotte to fall hard. But when a reminder of what brought them together stops Auggie dead in his tracks, he starts to question how far he's willing to go with someone who was his brother's first.


*Charlotte is a standalone featuring characters from Enduring Everything*

Set in a small southern town, death, love, hurt, friendship and anger bond Rennillia Cantinelli, Scott Herterand, Emerson Roberts and Jackson Thomas while shaping the paths they will follow into adulthood.

After a six year separation from her friends, Ren returns to the Roberts' house to start over.
Caught between love, loyalty, friendship and restrained by obligations, these four discover the bond they formed long ago is not the only thing holding them together.

Rennillia 1:
Ren (Rennillia) makes bad decisions, she always has. After the death of her parents, she tried to lose herself in an unhealthy relationship. 

In a moment of clarity, she leaves. 

Still lost and without a home, she agrees to stay with her longtime friend Emerson. Emerson's love and compassion for her helps her through this difficult time. 

Rekindling a forgotten friendship with an old boyfriend, Jackson, Ren realizes how badly she hurt the people who cared about her the most. 

Ren's mind is set on her new path, until Hert, her oldest friend, steps back into her life. Caught up in feelings she never thought possible, she struggles between what she remembers and what is right in front of her now.

Adjusting to her new life, Ren is bombarded by one issue after another. Upon their return from the hospital, Ren feels that something is not quite right. No matter how much they try to convince her otherwise, the secrets keep piling up and there are not enough answers to satisfy her curiosity. 

Her relationship with Emerson starts to suffer and when she comes close to losing Jackson, she starts to question even more. On top of everything else, Hert and the office seem to be at center of it all. 
Foolish is the heart that leaves itself open to falling in love. Reckless is the person who steps away from tradition to claim a life of their own. Irreplaceable is the moment one takes the risk.

Penny Caffrey seems to make all the wrong choices in life. From the men she dates to her career path; most of what she does is either hidden from or frowned upon by her large Irish family.

Seth Chevalier has been labeled a disappointment by his entire family. He has a good job at a large accounting firm that he devotes the majority of his time to. He is used to and comfortable living a solitary life.

When her latest boyfriend, the drummer for a local band dumps her, Penny takes a step back to do some self-evaluation and decides to lay off of dating for a while. 

Even with an overbearing father, Seth is determined to be his own man and moves into an upscale apartment complex in an effort to prove he is successful.

Seth's solitary life is thrown completely off track when he moves in next door to Penny and she decides they are going to be friends, whether he likes it or not.

****Includes Bonus C&A Novella****

He was all the things she really wanted and never bothered to look for in a man. He was also the most stubborn jackass she had ever met.

She was an infuriating pain in the ass, and he'd be damned straight to hell if he had to spend even one day without her by his side.

Charlotte and Auggie never thought they would fall in love, and certainly not with each other. Looking beyond themselves to see the worth in each other, they found a love that is worth holding onto. But for two stubborn strong willed people like C&A, falling in love is only half the battle. And their road to matrimony is an uphill fight that will test them all the way to the altar.

**C&A picks up after Charlotte's epilogue and takes you through One Penny from Charlotte and Auggie's POV. While there are events that parallel Penny's book, a lot was left out simply because One Penny is Penny and Seth's story and I wanted to focus on them. That being said, it is not One Penny all over again, C&A is its own story, it is Charlotte and Auggie's novella.**
Augustus Carrick Caffrey V, that's what they named me. First, that's what they call me. Now, you might be wondering, being the fifth from a line of proud Irishmen, why I'm known by first. Well, I'm the first Augustus, in our family, to grace this world with blonde hair, not red. First born out of a set of twins, Wren, my sister, was born twenty minutes after. She's always been the stubborn one, takes after our dad. I was the first to talk and walk between us. I'm also the first out all five Augustus Caffrey's to go to college and have no plans to run the family's bar. That's really more my sister's thing, always has been. Told you, she takes after our dad. Anyway, the truth of it is, my cousin, Tansy, is the one who called me First, first and it stuck.

I sometimes wish she hadn't been the one to get it started. I can't help but think of her every time someone says my name. First cousins, only a few months apart, we grew up close. Our moms are sisters by adoption and they couldn't be more opposite from each other. While my mom is insanely in love with my dad, her mom is, last I heard, working on husband number seven. Don't get me wrong, my mom can get crazy when the situation calls for it, but Aunt Silvia is unstable in every aspect of her life. Tansy mostly stayed with our grandparents, but spent every summer with us. She and Wren never really got along, because my sister is mean as hell and has been for as long as I can remember. We bonded over books and joined forces against my sister's torments as often as possible. We were close, until we got a little too curious with each other one summer night and she ended up going to live with her dad in Michigan. 

Because, coincidentally, the girl who gave me my name, was also my first.
Set in a small southern town, death, love, hurt, friendship and anger bond Rennillia Cantinelli, Scott Herterand, Emerson Roberts and Jackson Thomas while shaping the paths they will follow into adulthood.

After a six year separation from her friends, Ren returns to the Roberts' house to start over.
Caught between love, loyalty, friendship and restrained by obligations, these four discover the bond they formed long ago is not the only thing holding them together.

Rennillia 1:
Ren (Rennillia) makes bad decisions, she always has. After the death of her parents, she tried to lose herself in an unhealthy relationship. 

In a moment of clarity, she leaves. 

Still lost and without a home, she agrees to stay with her longtime friend Emerson. Emerson's love and compassion for her helps her through this difficult time. 

Rekindling a forgotten friendship with an old boyfriend, Jackson, Ren realizes how badly she hurt the people who cared about her the most. 

Ren's mind is set on her new path, until Hert, her oldest friend, steps back into her life. Caught up in feelings she never thought possible, she struggles between what she remembers and what is right in front of her now.

Adjusting to her new life, Ren is bombarded by one issue after another. Upon their return from the hospital, Ren feels that something is not quite right. No matter how much they try to convince her otherwise, the secrets keep piling up and there are not enough answers to satisfy her curiosity. 

Her relationship with Emerson starts to suffer and when she comes close to losing Jackson, she starts to question even more. On top of everything else, Hert and the office seem to be at center of it all. 
The true measure of a person's worth lies not within what they can offer you but what you have to offer them. No matter how desirable, are they worth your time, patience, forgiveness, loyalty, friendship, love, respect, understanding, compassion, trust? If not, they are worth more than you have to offer. They deserve for you to let them go.


Charlotte Roberts and Augustus (Auggie) Caffrey may never have known each other if it were not for William Caffrey. They would have simply moved on with their own lives without the anger and resentment that followed when William fell for Charlotte almost six years ago.

Under the pretense of introducing Trace Delgado, her soon to be fiancé, to her adoptive parents, Emerson and Amila Roberts, Charlotte arrives back in her small southern hometown to personally collect on the forgiveness William promised he would give her if she ever returned.


Spending his days at the hospital with his brother William and his nights tending bar at The Dog House, Auggie knows it is only a matter of time before he loses the brother he has tried his entire life to protect.


When Auggie finds out Charlotte is in town, to no doubt torment his brother on his death bed, he wants her to stay as far away from William as possible. All Charlotte wants is to be forgiven and move on with a clear conscience. While William's dying wish is to ensure the two people he cares about most step outside of their comfort zones and see that life is not as cut and dry as they think it is. 


Charlotte's guilt and Auggie's brotherly devotion compel them to, secretly, follow through with William's last requests forcing them to begrudgingly spend time together. The more time they spend together, the closer they become. And the harder it is to keep what is taking place between them secret. 


Late nights visits and stolen moments cause Charlotte to fall hard. But when a reminder of what brought them together stops Auggie dead in his tracks, he starts to question how far he's willing to go with someone who was his brother's first.


*Charlotte is a standalone featuring characters from Enduring Everything*

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