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I will give it a try and not spoil this book for you because it’s so beautiful and I know I will get way to excited!
Noelle and Heath story is full of fireflies, fairies but also some monsters. it involves abuse but also love. Their epic love story is one that I’m sure you will love, you will fall in love with them and you will cry for sure, because Trudy is that one author that with little things and little details will get to your heart and turn it apart (or take it away from my chest).
I love how the characters, how they grew up from kids to teenagers, how they went through it all, how a real friendship/love looks like and how sometimes you should not lose hope on those who struggle and don’t want help, how just being there for them might help them more than you know, it might be hard but it’s definitely a big help.
But this book is one you will love, Trudy is amazing, this book is amazing, I sill don’t get over it and I have read some of my favourite parts like 3 times, because it simply makes my heart happy!
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, this story is one you need to experienced to understand how captivating it is. It can be read as a standalone but its the best if you read them all <3 each story is beautiful but this one will definitely be one that gets you the best.
“She was beautiful, but doomed…She was the first girl I ever loved.”
Epic Love is one emotional book and I love those emotional reads. From the very beginning I knew that this was going to be a doozy and Trudy Stiles succeeded in many tear induced moments, a lot of tissues were used while reading Noelle and Heath’s story. This is a second chance love story of epic proportions, a story that will captivate the hardest of hearts and leave you a sobbing, snot induced mess. A story whereby Heath will grab a hold of your heart strings and never let go, keeping you firmly planted in this story, through childhood, through first love, through grief, through love once again.
Noelle had it tough growing up, her mother was diagnosed with cancer while she was in the womb and sacrificed her own life to give Noelle hers. Her father was her one constant, a man who loved her with his entire being. These two were a solid, unbreakable unit, until two became three. Noelle’s dad remarried and herein lies a character who I personally wanted to exterminate, a character I hated with a passion and a character who I wanted to experience a gruesome death. Noelle’s step mother battered her and I mean battered her. Noelle’s father was away on business a lot and here her reign of terror begins, I only wish that Noelle found her voice.
“Daddy, I need you. Please come home.”
When the family relocates Noelle befriends the boy next door, Heath. Heath and Noelle became best friends, inseparable through games of Wiffle ball and this part of the story melted my heart. Through dual POV’s Trudy Stiles captured their childhood perfectly and as they grew up we were treated to all those emotions when lines become blurred, when a friendship of years and years suddenly becomes more, when best friends become lovers. These two were inseparable and though this was their first love, it was a true love, a soul mate love. Their paths crossed for a reason, fate put them together, but fate would ultimately rip them apart.
Heath knows Noelle inside out, he knows that she is hiding something, he has his theories, but is powerless to intervene until Noelle lets him in. I felt Heath’s pain and anguish as he battles his conscience with regards to Noelle, he wants to save her, he loves he, adores her, cherishes every moment they spend together, but sometimes life is out of our hands.
“When the moon is asleep I will rescue you.”
This book is told in past and present and dual point of views, while this may sound confusing it actually made a lot of sense. Those not fond of time jumps will be pleased that this flows effortlessly and each jump is with merit and enhances the story developing through the pages. There were a lot of twists and turns, some I saw coming, some I didn’t and while at times this story seemed a little far-fetched it did work.
For me, this was a book of two halves, the first half I loved with a passion and then the second half I liked but didn’t love, hence the rating. Heath was an amazing character, despite twelve years without Noelle she still dictated his life. His propensity to love was gone because she still owned his heart, now a successful musician, singer and songwriter, even his music is fuelled by the love he has for Noelle, note present tense. Through song lyrics his grief is captured for all to see and he bares his heart and soul on his sleeve and through his music. One phone call changes everything.
“I’m in love with a dead girl.”
As I said above, this was an emotional read, both characters were adorable and you couldn’t help but love them. Their story is what films are made of and while some of the twists were an eye roll moment it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. Some parts were a little cliché but with an Epic Love such as this they didn’t really bother me as much as they would have done somewhere else. This was a good read, one I enjoyed.
When the Durand family moves into the estate next door, Heath has no idea what Noelle will come to mean to him. To everyone on the outside, Noelle seems to have a perfect life, but it doesn’t take long for Heath to figure out something bad is going on with his new best friend. Over time, their close friendship evolves into something more special, and Heath realizes he would give up everything he owns to protect Noelle – to bring her happiness and keep her safe. One day, Noelle just vanishes, and although she is presumed dead, Heath never gives up hope that she will someday resurface.
Epic Love is written in a fashion that is typical for Trudy Stiles. The author narrates her story from the first person perspective of both Heath and Noelle, while also alternating between past and present chapters. Stiles cleverly arranged the novel content, commingling storyline from past and present with perfect precision. The first half of Epic Love has a greater focus on the past, as a friends-to-lovers relationship develops between our main characters during their teenage years. Then, after a 12-year separation, I really enjoyed how our characters become reacquainted in the latter half of the novel!
I experienced a wide range of emotions while reading Epic Love. Anger. Confusion. Heartbreak. Sadness. Hope. Relief. Happiness. Some chapters had me smiling with joy, others left me feeling distress for the characters. I think the reason I felt so much is that I truly cared about these characters. I love reading young adult novels, and although Epic Love is definitely not a YA novel, a portion of the story is about Heath and Noelle during their late childhood and teenage years. Young adults just feel so deeply, and with her writing, Stiles expressed their young emotions perfectly.
I’ve followed Stiles’ writing career from the beginning, and she doesn’t hesitate to write about controversial topics. Although I don’t want to give away spoilers, I do think it’s important to warn readers that there are some very dark, abusive scenes in Epic Love. That being said, I think these scenes were very well written. I felt anxiety and horror while reading them. In fact, as an objective reader, I believe that I felt everything Stiles wanted her readers to feel. Throughout the story, I thought the writing flowed beautifully, and I enjoyed the uniqueness of Stiles’ plot.
Overall, Epic Love is just a beautiful story of love and healing. If you have never had a chance to read a novel written by Trudy Stiles, I highly recommend you consider picking up a copy of Epic Love! I’m including this 5-star novel as one of my 2016 favorites!