Rating: 4 stars
Oh wow! I have no words. To say this was a beautiful story would be lacking as it felt so much more. I really can’t think of a word to describe the amazing experience this gave me. I was on an emotional high, it was just too wow. Yeah I know wow (how else do I describe it?).
During the first two chapters I have to say I thought this book wouldn’t be one that I would enjoy. There was a lot of emotion in those few pages and because I have a hard time dealing with situations that cause tears in books, I tend to avoid them if possible. I thought it would be one of them stories that are just full of sadness. It was sad I’m not going to lie but it was also so much more. There was something new to discover in every page. There was laughter, joy and yes pain as well.
To sum up the story for you, it revolves around two people; Ashlyn and Daniel. Ashlyn has just lost her twin sister Gabriel and it begins with the heartbreak of loss that she is currently going through after losing someone so close to her. Due to situations at home, she has to move in with her father somewhere in Wisconsin and it’s a difficult thing for her to do as she has never really been with her father. There she meets Daniel. In the most unexpected of places, on the train station. And it was like they were meant to be. That connection, that spark. And:
It was told wonderfully and it made my heart melt. Forreal. Like butter. Sigh. So anyway, yes he is her teacher as she later finds out. there’s not much of an age difference only by a couple of years so they don’t really think much of it when they first meet. But as expected, things begin to get complicated due to the nature of what they have between them. It’s a story about pain and loss and recovering from soul shattering situations. It’s about how two people, become each other’s solitude and begin a process of healing one another. And I cannot stress enough how beautifully the story is told. The author did a great job with her words.
“Sometimes when you miss a person, you can only focus on how sad you feel that they are gone. Other times, it’s best to focus on the memories that bring you joy and laughter.”
The characters were completely awe inspiring. I do love Mr.Daniels. Contrary to most male characters I read about, he was sweet as anything. He was a good guy with a clean heart and soul. He was really expressible about his emotions too. Ashlyn was someone who was going through the motions of being really lonely. But just when she was at her lowest, she didn’t realise people would be there to pick her up. She was a strong female character even if she was soft at the same time. She is definitely someone you come to adore throughout the book. I also loved Ryan. For me his character was the portrayal was the best and he is definitely someone you will love as well. His situation (which I cannot reveal) was also the one that tore me up the most.
the author was successful in trying to stir up a lot of emotion in the reader. I felt like she it was her purpose to make whoever was reading feel everything that went on through her talented way of conveying emotion through her words. Which is ultimately the best way to make your reader love the story and I thought it was brilliant. However, this is also the reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. There was death unexpectedly and there was a lot of pain when it could have gone without. That’s just my opinion anyway. It was also bitter-sweet in many places, which has me torn as to whether I would read this book again or not. There was really no need for all that heartbreak. But the way Daniel and Ashlyn feel about each other, the way it was conveyed was ultimately the best thing for me in terms of liking this book. As emotional as it may have been, it was perfect. I only have one complaint and that is that Daniel’s point of view didn’t always feel right to me. It felt more like it was written from a female’s point of view, there were just too many feelings. Now I know he’s a sweet guy and he’s open about everything he feels but it still a little too much but hey that’s just my opinion.
I highly recommend reading this. I feel everyone should get a chance to experience this at least once. There’s ultimately a message that this book gives out and that is: life goes on. It’s about people discovering to love and to live and become whole once again after being broken. Go grab it of Amazon now because every bit of this book is worth it!
“Because pretending to be happy is almost like being happy. Until you remember that you’re only pretending. Then you’re sad. Really sad. Because wearing a mask every day of your life is the hardest thing to do. And after a while, you get a little scared because the mask becomes you.”