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Worth the Effort: Ella's Story (Love's an Effort Book 1) by [Strand, Kai]
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The morning Ella Jones forces herself to sit down and make a true connection with the homeless teen living behind the café where she works, she changes both their lives.

A senior in high school and a barista, seventeen-year-old Ella seems to be going places. Yet her parents’ ideas for her future are as fractured as their marriage and neither wants her to pursue her own dreams.

Ayden Worth lives on the streets.

Their friendship buds in alleys and public libraries. His quiet ways and his gentle treatment teach her about true courage. He inspires her to look beyond herself and to be a better person.

But there’s more to Ayden’s story than Ella knows. When their worlds collide in the most unexpected place, Ella feels betrayed. Has her courage grown enough to forgive Ayden’s misrepresentation?

WORTH THE EFFORT: Ella’s Story is a young adult contemporary romance novella at 19,000 words.

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  • Print Length: 81 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K4F0C18
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 4.6 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a different love story 8 August 2014
By Sharif - Published on
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Ella works at a restaurant where a homeless boy sits in the alley. At first she’s afraid since she doesn’t know him and she’s a young lady by herself when she steps into that area. It’s freezing outside and she can’t help but feel sorry for him, so she brings him food and drinks.

His name is Ayden and they fall into a relationship that's both natural and beautiful. There’s Ella’s home life, which she detests, since her wealthy father is so fake and her parents pressure her to be a certain kind of way. With Ayden she feels a warmth and love that she craves. When she finds out more about him, she’s stunned and feels betrayed.

I enjoyed the character development. Ella came across as very real, while Ayden was a big mystery who had heart. I had some questions about character motivation, since I was confused during the last portion of the story, but this is a novella and the beginning of a series from what I can tell.
4.0 out of 5 stars Draws You In and Holds You Close 16 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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As a reader, found myself drawn into this story from the first sample pages. I just had to read more, so I purchased a copy and kept going.
Ella is a well-rounded character whose story is believable and heart-warming. She is searching for answers, for purpose, and a place, and she finds all of those in a growing friendship with a homeless boy. After an unexpected twist, she discovers that there's more to Ayden's story than she knew.
The only thing that holds me back from giving this a five star is that I almost felt as if Ayden's unexpected twist made things a little too easy in some ways. However, from the way the book ends and the blurb for the second book, I think that Kai Strand will address this in the next book.
I am thankful for the clean, sweetness of the characters in spite of the grittiness of their lives and situations. The characterization and world-building (setting and background) is very well done. The writing drew me in and held me close to the hearts of the characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan for Life 3 January 2015
By C. Collier - Published on
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I'll admit, I've known Kai (virtually speaking) for a while, and that always makes me hesitate to read someone's work. I want to be able to leave a fabulous review, but I have to be honest.

I shouldn't have worried.

Ella's story is a sweet tale of becoming aware of those around us and seeing the world through new eyes. The characters grow and change in ways that make you want to follow their example. This one will have you looking around and thinking deeper about the homeless and hidden struggles of the heart.

And, can't I just say? Plot twist. Yup. Never saw that one coming.

This is a great, quick read I recommend for all readers who enjoy contemporary or young adult stories.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read! 2 July 2014
By S. J. Henderson - Published on
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This was a sweet story about unlikely romance. Ella is a thoughtful girl who makes it her mission to care for a young homeless man she almost literally stumbles over in the alley outside the coffee shop she works at. It was a light read and full of emotion. I gave this book four stars because I found it a bit melodramatic, at times.

Nice job, Kai!
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Enlightning 29 June 2014
By PJZ - Published on
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This is a heartwarming story of two teens finding that their upbringing doesn't have to define them, they can make the choice to be the kind of person they want to be. These two teens have an eye opening moment when they discover they're not who they've thought each other to be. On top of this, importance of kindness is illustrated in this lovely story.

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