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The Darkest Part: A Living Heartwood Novel by [Wolfe, Trisha]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Living Heartwood (3 Book Series)
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Length: 376 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Editorial Reviews


When I sat down to start The Darkest Part I devoured it... in onesitting. I was sucked into this story of love lost, mental illness anddesperation and it hooked me and touched me like no other NA Contemp Ihave read. --Kayleigh, K-Books

I was rooting for Sam andHolden all the way! Their slow building relationship was amazing and Iwas dying for them to finally realize their true feelings. The chemistry between them was sexy, it didn't matter if they were fighting or flirting, it was f***ing hot! --Nereyda, Mostly YA Book Obsessed

About the Author

From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in SouthCarolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worldsas an excuse to continue talking to herself.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2405 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,306 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I have said it before and will say it again, I love Trisha Wolfe. She is an amazing writer who creates these characters that I adore, and never want for them to leave my heart. Her stories leave me breathless, panting, and seriously rooting for the main characters despite the circumstances because they are relatable, they feel and express powerful emotions, and the romances are sizzling. The Darkest Part is no exception to any of this and only increases my level of love for Trish and her writing.
Sam is seeing her dead boyfriend and I can't decide how much it was contemporary or if is should be classified as more of a paranormal, because I believe her and don't think that she is crazy. I think that she is legitimately seeing his spirit and that she is on a mission to help him cross over and find peace instead of fading into the dark.
This book is written in dual perspective and it flashes back to Sam and Tyler's life so that we get a picture of their love and relationship, but we also see Sam and Holden, the other main character, and this is where things get really complicated in the most juicy way possible. Holden and Tyler and brothers and Tyler and Sam grew up best friends, but Sam and Holden also have a romantic past, but it doesn't end well. And I yearned for the moment where I found out Holden's side because from Sam's perspective he just seems like a big jerk, but I knew that something more.
Because I fell for Holden too. Being in his head I got to see his intentions and his love for Sam, and it never really seemed like it ended, but the only reason I could figure (writing this at 20%) and of course I won't tell you because it would be a big spoiler all leads back to Tyler.
The psychological element seemed really well done and researched.
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I found The Darkest Part to be quite a heartbreaking story, as it begins four months after the death of Tyler, Sam’s fiancé. Sam is kind of in a numb place right now and it doesn’t help that Tyler’s ghost keeps appearing to her, so she is finding it difficult to move on. She has pushed away everyone in her life and the only people she speaks to are her mother and her psychiatrist, she avoids everyone else.

To me Sam does seem a little depressed, but only because she doesn’t know what to do with herself now that her boyfriend/best-friend and the one constant person is gone from her life. She is very withdrawn from everything, her family, all her friends and even the world by dropping out of school as well. They had so many plans on what they wanted to do and they had their lives mapped out. Tyler was the good son, following in his father’s footsteps to be a Lawyer and wanted to travel after he married Sam before settling down for good. So when he was no longer there, her whole world shattered. She soon decides she needs to help Tyler move on and comes up with a plan to do so.

Holden, Tyler’s brother, wants to look out for Sam, but she avoids him at all costs. When she leaves the house for a stroll he is able to approach her but she is quick to try and dismiss him. So when she asks for help with her plan, he jumps at the offer to help, as long as he can tag along. Soon the duo are on a trip for closure, which soon turns into self discovery for the both of them.

Holden appeared to be the dark sheep of the family; was always the one that got into trouble, had the darker appearance and was quick to get away from home, and his father. But he always put his mother and Tyler first. He had a lot in common with Sam, but things were not meant to be.
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Just to clarify, this is a 4.5 rounded up.

The Darkest Part was good! I loved the story of second-chance romance for Sam and Holden and how they got over everything keeping them apart and back to each other.

The story is heartbreaking but in all of it, it keeps sort of an upbeat tone to it. I really liked that. You could feel both Sam and Holden's loss and how much they both suffer because someone so dear was taken away from them, but through all of it, it didn't make me wanna slit my wrists. It kind of gave me hope, more than anything, that these two people can help each other out.

Now I'll admit, I had doubts. Reading the blurb it gave me a familiar vibe... a book I really really didn't like. Funny enough, it's why I have this book a chance. That and, well, I love road trip books (they can be a hit and miss, but I still always enjoy them).

I loved Sam, I loved Holden. I especially loved Holden! Cause he was this broody tortured artist and he's not a bad boy per se. I found his character to be really interesting. He's equal part sweet and alpha and just... an overall nice guy with troublesome past.

The two brothers and Sam have a complicated history, a lot of secrets buried and I was dying to know this big dark secret. It crossed my mind, hey. I even told my friend I had that theory. But I think the author did a good job of keeping it shush until the very end.

I have a special place for books that make me feel for dead characters - I distance myself from them immediately because I don't like to get attached. So when I feel a dead character is very much an active part of the story, and get attached to them like I did with Tyler. I loved it. I was really sad that he was dead, and I was mourning him along with Sam.
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