This book made me pencil in a romantic date night with my beloved. Not many books make me do this. As a forty-something mother of teens, who is juggling two careers, four pets, a blog, an obsession with reading romance books and fluctuating hormones – unexpected date nights are a rarity. I read this book in about forty eight hours and then found myself…gazing longingly at my beloved.
I have not read a romance book crammed full of so much emotion, heartbreak and all the feels for a long time. PLUS THE CHARACTERS ARE BOTH BOOKWORMS! They have this gorgeous habit of asking each other what their favourite word is and this really did things for me. This was so romantic.
Macy and Elliot’s transition from friends to lovers is developed so sweetly and perfectly that by the time things get intimate, I guarantee your electric fan will be on FULL BLAST!
Timing is everything in this book and the author brings your emotions to the boil beautifully.
Here’s the burb:
The story of the heart can never be unwritten.
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.
Here’s my review:
I loved the way this story of second chance love / friends to lovers is told in alternating timelines. I became so close to these two characters over the years, I laughed and cried with them.
What I liked about this story was that the author kept me guessing about why things ended so abruptly all those years ago.
I fell in fictional love with Elliot. His devotion to Macy is so beautiful.
I loved how complicated life gets when these two start to reconnect. This story is about how complicated things can get when your greatest love is intertwined with your greatest loss.
There are some fabulous quotes in this book. Each one made me crank up that electric fan to another power notch:
I’ve been waiting for you to come home for eleven years.
There’s no other word like it. The state of being infatuated with another person.
I’m not prepared for this,” I admit quietly.
“Do you have to prepare for me?”
“If there’s anyone I have to prepare for, it’s you.
Don’t spoil her with toys; spoil her with books.
If you want a romantic and emotional read – get your hands on this book!
You will scream at the last line in this book and like me, quickly pencil in some romance for yourself!
Have a good day 👩🏼💻