Genre: Contemporary Romance, War
Published: February 12th 2017
Goodreads Summary: Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.
I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.
But now he’s back.
I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.
Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.
One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.
*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*
My Rating: 4 Stars
My Thoughts: So I had been seeing this book advertised on Facebook for a few weeks prior to the release and I really hoped that it was Kindle Unlimited. Just my luck, it was!
I finished this one yesterday and I have to say, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I really love second chance romance. If you have been following me for awhile, you know this. But this book to me just didn’t grab my whole heart.
As it says in the summary, it was inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion.
Wade and Elliot were high school sweethearts. The only problem was Wade, had enlisted in the arm and once he graduated high school and Elliot still had one more year. Wade, basically gave her only one choice and that was to follow him. But her family was against it 100 percent, so she stayed.
Seven years pass by and Elliot graduated from college, following in her mentor’s footsteps. Her mentor being Rick, who is her best friend Sophie and also Wade’s father. When the news comes that Rick has had a stroke and they find cancer, Elliot stays by his side as much as possible, because he was more of a father figure to her than her own.
Wade also rushes home to be by his father’s side too. As awkward as it is having Elliot there with him. He can see how much Rick has meant to her. Slowly but surely they work their way into each other’s arms.
I rated this a 4 because I wasn’t a fan at how weak Elliot was. Her family treats her like pure crap and she just lets them. Her sister Mary is a bitch(excuse my language). Mary is a very selfish person. She enlists the help of Elliot to raise her two children, because basically she just doesn’t want to do it herself. Mary can’t even spend an hour alone with her kids before she come crying for help to her sister.
Elliot’s father, who was so against her relationship with Wade and her littler sister, Beth had moved to Miami and just seemingly shows up on Mary’s doorstep in the mist of everything else going on, for a “visit”. With all three of them in the same house, Elliot pretty must turns into Cinderella. They ignore her, they judge her. They think they are better than her.
She turns on the kindness and it sweet to everyone, however everyone else in her family lacks that. Charlie, Mary’s husband, seems to be the only one who actually sees Elliot. He takes up for her.
I just couldn’t wait until the shoe dropped and for Elliot to go apeshit on her family because of the way they treat her. And it happens, she just had to get some leverage, and boy did she ever find it.
Wade’s character seems so angry at Elliot because of her decision all those years ago. We find out that Elliot had been writing to him, even after the way he left her. Being together, trying to make Rick’s final days be joyful and a time they will all never forget, wasn’t always easy, given their history together.
Even after his death, a misunderstanding still almost keeps the two of them together, until finally they get all of their ducks in a row.
This is a Kindle Unlimited. It was a good book, so don’t let my opinions of the characters stop you from reading this one. I just couldn’t find that connection to them.