***** 5 of 5 Stars *****
There comes a time in your life where you read a book that just gets you. I thought I had read it already, but I couldn’t be more wrong. Wade and Elliot’s story did more than just move me, it broke me. But it also healed me like no love ever could, and by doing that, I feel that I have finally been freed. I’ve been through a lot in life, and this book, this is one of those books that makes you realize that you aren’t alone, that there are others out there that understand what pain is, and not just on the level of love either.
For once in my life when reading a romance novel, it’s not the female I’m relating to. Wade’s story is one that hits really close to home, and his strength embodies everything that a man like him has been through. For a man who has been dealt some of the shittiest cards, his perseverance to move forward is outstanding. Even though he does it for all the wrong reasons, and never the right way, you can’t help but understand why Wade makes the decisions that he does. But even though it is always Wade’s actions that move this story forward, it isn’t really Wade’s story, no. It’s Elliot’s, and that symmetry is beyond poetic. It’s Austenesque.
Elliot. Goodness. Elliot is a character who I bow down to. She is selfless in every way possible, even when it turns her life upside down. You can feel all of her pain, love, and anguish, BUT you also get to read it. Elliot’s passion for poetry is something that brings this book to the next level. Each poem is chosen specifically with what is happening, and it just seems to open all the wounds over and over again, but in the best way possible.
I’m going to be super honest here. This is Hart’s best novel by far. But not just that; this is hands down one of the best novels I have ever had the pleasure to read. Austen would be proud. I was DESTROYED by this book. My heart was shattered into a million pieces, and then put back together with forgiveness, acceptance, and love. You will be put on this rollercoaster of emotions, but you will love every single second of pain and love that you will feel, because I can guarantee that even though there is pain, there is love. Some much damn love.