I’ll never say goodbye to you.
WOW!! What a UNIQUE book!! It has a seriously HUGE TWIST to the story that just changes everything you think you know about it. Actually, I’m just going to be really honest with you guys, when I first read the blurb, it seemed like a love triangle (which I don’t like and rarely read) and so I just moved on assuming that this book wasn’t for me. But then a friend emailed me telling me she thought I’d love this book and she told me the entire twist and as soon as I found out what the twist was, I immediately bought the book and bumped it to the top of my reading list.
Today, I read it in one sitting and even though I knew the twist, I still fell in love with the beautiful writing and the characters and really enjoyed the story so so much. The story drew me right in and by the end of the epilogue, I had happy tears in my eyes and my heart was overflowing with feels.
So… what’s the book about? Hmm… well… I understand why the blurb is so short. Because honestly there’s almost no way to properly describe this book’s story in a way that isn’t either misleading or full of spoilers. The story captures the beautiful intensity of love and friendship, there’s also the all-consuming shadow of loss, there’s a mixture of happiness and grief, and a lot of healing. This isn’t a love triangle. But if I try and classify the story by saying something like “friends to lovers” or “bad boy” or whatever, I feel like it would be again either misleading or full of spoilers so I’m scared to tell you more because I don’t want to give away the story’s secrets.
This is the prologue…
Even without seeing her face, I know that the woman standing at the water’s edge is desperately sad. Her back is to me and her shoulders are slumped, perhaps heavy with regret. It kills me to know I am partly to blame, and for that reason alone, it’s impossible to look at her. Leaning against the rough trunk of the tree, I close my eyes. My life will forever begin and end with her, and I’m unable to witness her heart breaking.
Standing still is no longer an option, so I begin to pace. Is she still waiting for him or has he already left? Fear pools in my veins at the uncertainty. Above all else, I want her to be happy. If this is too hard, I’ll have to walk away again. I let out a long breath, frustrated by the whole situation.
Emerson Hart is the love of my life. Unfortunately, I’m not the only love of hers. And therein lies the problem.
Intriguing, right?? And it’s totally not what it seems either.
My personal recommendation is to go into this book BLIND. Yes, I realize that’s ironic since I refused to read this book without knowing the spoilers first, however, for anyone feeling nervous maybe you can draw comfort in knowing that knowing the twist was what made me want to read the book so it’s likely going to be something you can handle. However, I also know that some of you will simply need to know and so I’ve written out spoilers below. Again, I DO NOT RECOMMEND READING THE SPOILERS unless you really desperately need them.
If I hadn’t known the twist, I do not think I would have guessed it on my own. A part of me wishes I could have had the reading experience of being surprised by the twist. However, I know that I personally really did need to know. And even though I knew, I still fully enjoyed the book and it was actually fun to instead watch for all the subtle clues that the author laid along the way.
The writing was beautiful and I read the book in one non-stop sitting. It’s told from the heroine’s POV partly in present day and partly in the past with a very smooth transition between the two. If you examine the story too closely there are some unbelievable elements or things that don’t quite line up but if you just sort of open your heart and accept it as it is, it really works.
I love the book world. I love blogging about it, I love reading, I live and breath the stories I read. But admittedly, sometimes they do seem a little similar. And as such, I whole-heartedly commend this author for daring to step outside the lines and tell such a unique story. If you’re in the mood for a really different love story, give this a try!!
Rating: 4+ stars. Contemporary Romance Standalone
PS: I wrote this review super fast so I apologize for any potential typos.