“I will love you forever. Dead or alive, I will be yours, wherever I am.”
I’ve loved M. Leighton’s writing for a long time and as soon as I heard about this book I was intrigued. However, counter to my norm, I actually went into this book totally blind — which is really rare for me. The moment I saw it, I one-clicked and just dive right in. Based on the blurb, I could already tell that I was in for quite a heart-breaking ride, but knowing this author I trusted that she’d covey it beautifully. And she most certainly did.
The story was about Nate and Lena, a married couple who had been together for years, and whose love for each other was soul deep. They had the kind of love that lasted beyond a lifetime and one that no measure of time or pain could ever erase. In the beginning of the book, Lena is diagnosed with terminal cancer. In an effort to bring the most joy into her remaining time, Nate books them on a three month tour of Europe — true to his caring nature, this was his way of trying to make as many one of her dreams come true in the little time they had left together. But the most unexpected thing happened on their trip… one might even call it a surprising gift. Her life might be ending, but this gave her something to live for, and a way to leave the man she loved with a part of her after she’d gone. Theirs was a painful journey of love, sacrifice, and loss. But ultimately the fulfilling ending brought happy tears to my eyes.
The reason I was so open about this book’s storyline in this review because for one thing, it’s not really a surprise — you can guess right from the start and it’s not long before it’s confirmed as true. And second because I know this kind of story is one that many romance readers would need to be in the right mindset for before reading. Luckily, today I was exactly in the mood for a deep and emotional story and so this one came along at the perfect time.
Lena’s strength and courage in the face of the most heart-breaking of circumstances was painful and yet admirable. And Nate’s undying devotion to the one woman he loved more than anything in this world was truly touching.
“My heart,” I murmer, rubbing the tip of my nose back and forth over hers, wishing I could make things right, make things better. Change them.
But knowing I can’t.
“For yours,” she replies, as she has since the night I promised to her just over sixteen years ago. One of the best nights of my life, and they’ve only gotten better with time.
I actually really loved that this story was not at all about finding new love after loss, but rather about conveying the kind of love that endured a lifetime, even after death. That kind of love is rare and pure and this story was simultaneously heart-warming and devastating. They had the kind of love that transcended everything else.
“Death might part our bodies, but it will never part our hearts, our souls. Our love. Love like ours doesn’t die. It will live long after Lena leaves me. I’ll never be free of it.
And I don’t want to be.”
This is not a romance, but it is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of a love so strong, unbreakable, and irreplaceable that it truly lasts forever. If you find yourself in the mood for an emotionally charged story of love and sacrifice, give this one a try. I could really tell what an emotionally close story this was for the author. You can really feel it as you read this book and as such, I want to finish this review with a note included in the blurb by the author…
“This book is not a romantic fairy tale. Yet, it’s the most romantic story I’ve ever told. It’s a journey of pain and loss, of hope and happiness. It’s both achingly tragic and exquisitely beautiful. It’s a love story. A true love story about real love. The kind that sees you through the night and holds you when you cry. The kind that won’t give up and never lets go. The kind we all dream about and few find. But it’s real. I promise you, it’s real. I’ve seen this kind of love, and I’ve seen this kind of heartbreak. I got to see it up close and personal, and quite honestly, I will never be the same. I hope it changes you as much as it changed me.”
Rating: 4 stars. Standalone.
Oh my goodness, this sounds heartbreaking Aestas! But I gotta try it. Thanks for suggesting it!
Welcome!! I hope you enjoy it!
Loved this. Read it today too. So sad but beautiful.
I completely agree <3
Jerilyn Martinez says
GAH!!!! Love this story <3 and the review sighhhhhhh makes me teary eyed overtime I think about it lol and uhhhhh I love how it is written bc we usually want to search for a HEA but they already had theirs and it was nice to read a book where it wasn't a new romance but the one that ran LIFE AND SOUL DEEP! and for it be so tragically beautiful ahhhh TOO MANY FEELS!
I totally agree!! I’m glad you loved the book!!
Lisa Davis says
I am only 18% in and the tears have started. I love books that make me feel and this one certainly does. Once again, thank you for the recommendation. ??
You are so welcome, Lisa!! <3
This is worth reading… Heartwarming and heartbreaking love story. Thumbs up to the Author. More power to you. Nice review.
Jenny Abrams says
Thank you so much for recommending this book. I have just finished reading it and found it to be so heartbreaking but at the same time I could not put it down. Beautifully written, and I could feel the author must have experienced the same kind of heartbreak in her life. Anyone who has gone through cancer either themselves or to a loved one would relate. I would definitely recommend this, but note keep a box of tissues handy right from the beginning to the end.