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A Kiss to Wake Me

A Young Adult Romance by Cheryl Eager

by Cheryl Eager


"A high school romance full of love—and turbulence. The novel highlights different family dynamics that readers may resonate with... [a] story of trust, love, and family." —Kirkus Reviews

A Kiss to Wake Me is a modern-day love story between Jamie and Cara. When the two first lock eyes in the high school cafeteria, “love at first sight” is no longer just a cliché to either of them.

Their romance takes off at record speed but just as quickly crashes into a wall of disbelief when a figurative bomb is dropped into their lives, upending the world as they knew it: Cara is pregnant, even though she believed she was a virgin.

When these unforeseen circumstances threaten the couple’s future together, everything comes into question. Is Jamie the father of her baby? Will he still love her and the baby if he’s not? How did Cara even get pregnant? How could she possibly cope without him and his family, whom she has grown to love and depend on?

Will Jamie and Cara’s love endure the hardships thrust so harshly upon them? Fans of romantic first love and those who desire to see first love withstand seemingly insurmountable obstacles will enjoy this sweet yet intense novel.


Three days before high school graduation, 18-year-old Cara mysteriously delivers a premature baby boy at home in her bathroom. The novel begins with her frantic 911 call and flashes back to unfold the beautiful and romantic first-love story between Cara and Jamie, the new tall and handsome student from California. They are two clever, level-headed teens who strive to do the right things but make one big mistake leading to dire consequences.

Faith and morality hang in the balance between choices made and the tiny miracle baby they’ve all grown to love. The couple’s hope of a happily-ever-after is further at stake as the ensuing police investigation uncovers secrets, lies, and, finally, the answers they have all been holding their breaths to receive to move forward.

A Kiss to Wake Me is told from alternating points of view through the eyes of Jamie and Cara. Fans of romantic first love who desire to see love withstand seemingly insurmountable obstacles will devour this sweet yet intense novel.

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Praise & Reviews

"A high school romance full of love—and turbulence. The novel highlights different family dynamics that readers may resonate with... [a] story of trust, love, and family." —Kirkus Reviews

"What a wonderful story about young love and trials and tribulations of teenagers. Very well written and made me feel like I actually knew these characters." —Starred review 5/5

"I really enjoyed this book. The story was emotionally engaging. In fact, I was so into it, I kept having to go back and add comments since I was that much into finding out what happened next. I really liked Cara and Jamie. How they acted through what can only be considered enormous stress felt genuine and honest." —Starred Review 5/5

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Kiss to Wake Me. Cheryl did an amazing job creating characters that are likeable, relatable, and have you rooting for them the entire book. I would recommend this to anyone who loves romance and enjoys young love." —Julie Schrader, editor at Bookworm Yogi

"The first few paragraphs of this novel drew me in and would not let me go till I knew the outcome. From start to finish, it was engaging, romantic, and suspenseful. A story of young love, love at first sight, and a cautionary tale, this was indeed a great read." —Early Reader Review

Cheryl Eager


Cheryl Eager's books carry a theme of love, hope, optimism, and overcoming tough obstacles—things our world needs! Cheryl has people from around the world that contact her after feeling touched by something she wrote and/or thanking her for giving them a fresh perspective with her books.

Romance Books by Cheryl Eager

When Two Stars Collide

When Two Stars Collide

A Kiss to Wake Me

A Kiss to Wake Me

by Cheryl Eager
334 Pages

Young Adult / New Adult Fiction
Romance / Contemporary
Coming of Age Fiction
Social Themes / Dating & Sex
Young Adult with Adult Interest

Narrative Themes: Love and relationships; Interior life; Coming of age; Identity / belonging; Teenage fiction: Relationship stories – Romance, love or friendship; School stories; teenage pregnancy; Life skills and choices; First experiences and growing up; Friends and friendships; Dating, relationships, romance and love;

Hardcover: 9781990158742
Paperback: 9781990158735
Large Print Paperback: 9781990158841
Kindle & Ebook: 9781990158759
Audiobook: 9781990158803

Published by 5310 Publishing
Publication date: 2022-July-19

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