Yay! I am keeping up with my Monthy Book Favorite(s) and it is on time! I win! At this post at least. So without further Go Lisa cheers (feel free to leave those in the comments 😉 ) here are my picks!
Beth Bradshaw has spent her life hiding from her tragic past. From the moment a trusted family friend steals her innocence until the moment another rescues her, she struggles to just survive.
Surrounded by the comfort and protection of her extended family, Beth embarks on a journey of healing far from the horrors of her home. In her darkest moments, she meets a boy named Ryan. For one incredible summer, Ryan shows Beth what it’s like to act her own age.
To feel free and let go.
If only for a while.
Years later, another tragedy threatens to shatter the life Beth has carefully crafted. When faced, yet again, with more pieces to pick up, Beth begins to question what her choices have cost her.
Leaving her old life behind, she sets forth on a pilgrimage that will bring her back to the boy she could never forget. He wants to help her pick up the pieces of her life, but is she willing to do what it takes to become whole again?
Can she trust him with a piece of herself? – Goodreads Summary
First, I need to give a warning. This book is full of a heavy topic, in fact there were chunks of this book that I had to skip and not read because it made my stomach churn and want to go vigilante. What topic got me so mad? Child abuse. Meyers did not shy away from this topic either. In fact she shoves it in your face and makes you uncomfortable but because of that it also doesn’t come across as a plot ploy.
The story is powerful and while the topic isn’t a light one it is the journey and growth and healing that really pulls you in it. Meyers builds it all at a slow pace, and to keep it from being epically long she does jump years, which I didn’t mind. I liked getting a feel as to how Beth has coped and grown along with Ryan, both separately and together.
I don’t come across many books that take me on such an emotional roller coaster but this one did. It pulled me across the emotional spectrum and then kept zig zagging keeping me constantly unsure as to what was going to happen next.
Sam wakes up in the hospital expecting to find his girlfriend by his bedside. Instead, he finds a bleached-blond diva, claiming to be his fiancée, hovering over him. When he learns that he’s just woken up from a coma and has lost the last three years of his life, any semblance of stability he thought he had falls down around him. All he wants – all he needs – is Lil.
After countless visits with her shrink and too many sleepless nights waiting for the one man she loves to walk back through the door, Lil wants nothing more than to separate herself from the life she used to have. But the moment Sam smiles at her, Lil knows it’s going to take more than self-restraint to stay away.
Second-Rate Chances is about a young man fighting to regain his memory, and the one thing in his life that felt real. A modern-day Samson and Delilah, it’s a look at what it means to love and be loved, and to fight though it seems hopeless. – Goodreads Summary
If a heavy topic journey and love story isn’t quite your cup of tea then I definitely recommend this book. It is another New Adult (not for your kiddies) but it focuses on the story and not the physical pull, which is the sort of reading I like.
This huge event the rocked and destroyed this seemingly perfect relationship between Sam and Lil was a beautiful read. Especially since Sam loses his memory and has no clue what cause the relationship to end. He doesn’t remember the bad, only the good. Watching the pull and tension and pain that Lil goes through as she struggles to keep her distance but still help Sam, the boy that she still loves, is breath taking.
I loved everything about this book and would definitely pick up another book from Holly Stephens.