Wow! This was a highly emotional, and often depressing, story. Despite the fact that it dealt with some pretty gloomy subject matter, I was completely hooked on this story. I listened to the Audible version and I finished it in a single day. I couldn’t pull myself away from it.
The author doesn’t waste any time before plunging you into the desolate lives of Elizabeth and Tristan. Both of them are broken, trying to make it through their lives one day at a time. Elizabeth has lost her husband and is struggling to hold it together for her young daughter. Tristan can’t move past the loss of his wife and son, becoming an antisocial recluse and the topic of town gossip.
A twist of fate has these two crossing paths when Elizabeth hits Tristan’s dog with her car by accident. To say that Tristan is an ass, is putting it mildly. He is a pretty despicable person in the beginning.
As Elizabeth begins to peel back the layers, she sees far more than either of them had ever expected. She can see the pain that he hides with his gruff demeanor. She recognizes that he is afraid to get close to anyone, only to risk losing them again. She knows all of the signs, because she’s feeling the same pain.
Gradually, Tristan warms up to Elizabeth and we get glimpses of the man he is inside. The two begin a “friends with benefits” relationship that soon morphs into much more. Along the way, I fell in love with Tristan. Of course, I loved Elizabeth from the get go.
Just when things are going perfectly, Ms. Cherry drops a bomb. Honestly, I kind of saw it coming. However, whether you figure out the twist or not, it will wreck your world. I was so heartbroken for these two, which was followed shortly by anger and outrage.
Up to that point, I was thinking this would be a five-star read for me. I was an emotional mess, but in the way that can only be achieved by reading a really great story. It was beautiful.
Then, the story took a turn for the worse. After the first big reveal, the secrets and twists started coming out of everywhere. For me, the story went from heartfelt to far-fetched and unbelievable. It was like the author couldn’t decide which way to take the story, so she threw in everything that had crossed her mind and tried to wrap it up in a few short chapters.
Up until about 85-90% I was in love with this book. Then, it kind of got a little unnecessarily dramatic and lost some of it’s appeal for me. However, even with the over the top ending, I really enjoyed this book.
It was still a fantastic story and I’m so glad I finally got around to it. Sometime soon, I hope to et to the second book in this series. I’m just taking a few days to get my emotions in check again.