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Four Years Later: A Novel (One Week Girlfriend Quartet) Paperback – March 4, 2014
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“Another great entry into the series and a perfect way to close out what started with One Week Girlfriend. As always, Monica Murphy gives us such great characters, giving them such depth and emotions that it’s hard not to love them from the minute you meet them on the page.”—Cocktails and Books
“An engaging, heavily character-driven new adult [novel] that brings us the story of a much beloved character. Seamless writing flows effortlessly as Murphy sets up the plot elements and begins her story of love, loss, redemption, and forgiveness. . . . Four Years Later was a delight to read.”—Smexy Books
“Monica Murphy has created an unforgettable series. Her writing is honest, gritty, romantic and entertaining. Her characters are very real people that readers can relate to. We embrace them in our hearts. Their lives and stories will stay with [us] long after the book is finished. It is no wonder that this series is an all-time favorite. . . . The One Week Girlfriend series has been an amazing reading journey that has touched my heart.”—Hesperia Loves Books
“Emotional and gratifying . . . This romance was full of tension and longing! . . . Monica Murphy has another win with Four Years Later. Owen and Chelsea’s story was touching and passionate, and is sure to make you sigh in contentment by the end.”—Waves of Fiction
“What a fantastic ending to an amazing series! . . . It took my emotions on a roller coaster ride but hey, all the good books do! . . . Four books and I still want more! I’m not quite sure I could ever get enough of these characters. They’re all complex, and beautifully broken in their own ways. Combine that with Monica Murphy’s fantastic writing skills and you always have a winner.”—Down the Rabbit Hole
“It’s official! When it comes to NA romances and inner monologues, Monica Murphy is a queen! . . . I highly recommend Four Years Later! If you read the earlier books then you just have to get this one too. It was wonderful to see how the earlier couples are faring . . . but Monica Murphy had truly made this Owen’s book. I love it!”—In My Room Reading
“Owen’s story was everything that I had hoped it would be! . . . I give Four Years Later, by Monica Murphy, five sizzling hot, romantic, poetic, and hope-filled stars! This was a great ending to an amazing series! I am so sad to say goodbye to these characters that have come to mean so much to me, but they will always have a special place in my heart!”—A Bookish Escape
About the Author
Monica Murphy is the New York Times bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises, Four Years Later, and the eBook novella Drew + Fable Forever. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills of Yosemite with her husband and three children.
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Until last month, I hadn’t read any of Monica Murphy’s books. Not for lack of wanting to, just lack of available reading time. When Three Broken Promises became available, even though I hadn’t read about Drew & Fable, I jumped at the chance. I emailed a friend and asked what I needed to know, and when she told me that the two main characters weren’t really in the other books, I dove in head first! It was then that I fell in love with MM. When I saw that Owen would have a book, I became even more excited.
Like its title, Owen and Chelsea’s book begins four years after Drew & Fable meet. Chelsea is a new character and Owen is Fable’s brother. From what I gather, Owen hasn’t changed much since high school and is still on a path of destruction. Our character’s meet when he needs a tutor for his English classes, which he has fallen extremely behind on. Owen is a smart guy, he just doesn’t have any drive or inclination of what he wants to do with his future. I felt his constant struggle; it hurt my heart. These were two broken people thrust into a situation neither could escape from.
~ How can I say no? After all, I’m still his tutor.
His home. ~
There was something so magical about watching their story unfold. Watching as they came to realizations separately and together over things they didn’t before realize. Owen’s mother infuriated me and I longed for the day he broke free from her. His turmoil and misguided loyalty to her was completely understandable, though frustrating. The back and forth, the push and pull, it had me wanting to rip my hair clear out of my scalp. But throughout all this angst, I saw through to the heart of Owen. And when you can see Owen’s heart, well, that’s a beauty to behold and treasure. Here was a kid who life gave up on yet he hadn’t given up on himself. He longed for a true family, someone whom he could call his own and love unconditionally. I felt his sadness in my bones and I just wanted to give him a hug.
Chelsea is a little girl who was lost, one who had to grow up before she was ready, essentially raising herself. I loved how headstrong and sure of herself she was. I loved that she didn’t take any crap from Owen and wasn’t afraid to be herself. She was such a refreshing and endearing character, and a girl I would be proud to call a friend. I loved that she believed in Owen when almost everyone else had given up. She saw through his cocky exterior to what lay deep beneath.
One of my favorite things about this book was the complex inner dialogue that each character had. I loved seeing into their minds and finding out what guided their decisions, whether they were right or wrong. Monica writes in such a style that allows you to do just that flawlessly. I know now that I will need to carve out time very soon to read Drew & Fable’s story. I understand this is the end of the series, and I think it ended perfectly. I could think of any better way. Solid five star rating from me!
Eventually I figured out that it was because I honestly do not think Owen and Chelsea will last. I am just like Chelsea, and I don't mean that in a "she is so relatable" type of way because honestly, for most people, she is probably not a particularly relatable character, but for me, she was. Skipped a grade? Check. Incredibly socially awkward? Check. Can't string a sentence together in front of a cute guy? Check. And because I understand her, I don't think her and Owen will work. In fact, I don't see the appeal in Owen at all. First of all, he is Fable's little brother who we first met as a 14 year old, so that's weird to begin with, and he is supposed to be this dark, sexy, brooding character, but to me, he was just a whiny drug addict who had every opportunity in the world to turn his life around and wasn't. That's not to say that he didn't have his moments, he did, just not enough of them for me to really love his character.
People always say that opposites attract, and that is true up to a point. However, relationships without strong foundations and mutual interests will not last. Owen and Chelsea have absolutely zero in common. At one point one of them, I think it was Chelsea, thought something along the lines of "we only talk about school and flirt and I am falling in love." If you only talk about the classes you are tutoring him in or flirt with him, do you even know anything about him? What is his favorite food? Favorite color? Favorite TV show? His major? This doesn't sound like a strong foundation to me, but I could be alone on that one.
The other thing that bothered me was that this book didn't feel like it ended, more like it was just over. When the last chapter of a book, especially one that is the last book in a series, is "One Year Later," I expect it to tell me all about what the characters are up to, what they are planning, and give me an overall warm fuzzy feeling about everyone I met during the series. That is not what happened. Instead I got: "We don't know what we're doing" and "We're in love, so we don't need a plan." Umm... No. That is not how it works, and there is no way Chelsea would actually be okay with that.
Despite what this rant of negativity would have you believe, I did not hate this book. However, it definitely fell way short for me.
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I was dying to read Owen's story.
So glad he got a HEA!
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