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So what's is about Katie has finally found her forever, with Michael and her new born baby, she finally experiences what pure, unadulterated love is, until an accident takes it all away from her in the blink of an eye and she is left a window, childless, alone. Returning to her childhood home, broken, defeated and alone, Katie has come to accept that this is what her life is now, darkness, grief, pain, so consuming, so overwhelming that the further she retreats into herself, the more difficult it is to find her way out of the emptiness that surrounds her. When Parker McKenzie waltzes back into her life, she is again reminded of all the pain and all that she has endured.
Kismet broke me in a way that so few books have, the visceral reaction I had to reading Woodwards words, left it's footprints on my heart, it touched me in such a profound way that I felt it in my bones, in my soul. You're probably wondering why a book I reacted to so strongly I would rate so highly, but isn't this why we read, to escape our own reality if only for a little while, to FEEL something, and my God...I FELT everything reading Kismet. Sorrow, despair, helplessness, emptiness, but I also felt joy, and contentment, and a sense of hope so powerful and so strong, that I took time to look at my life, to truly appreciate what I have, and to be thankful, and for someone's words to bring you to your knee's, to make you stop and take stock of your life, then for me an author has not only done their job but they have exceeded every literary dream I have when I sit down and open to the first page.
The sheer elegance of Woodward's words, her ability to connect with the reader, to grab you by the collar and to demand you sit up and take notice, to hold you captive as she weaves a story of hurt and pain, and ultimately love and hope held me spellbound as I savoured every single line, writing this review is bittersweet, it's been eight long months in the process, trying to deliver something that gives you some idea of how deeply I connected with Kismet, I am sad that it's over, but so unbelievably thankful for the journey.
The words touched my heart, broke my heart, healed my heart and made me believe that everyone has a purpose. We may not know what our destiny is, but we know we are here to do something. It is Kismet.
Katie’s world ended the day of the accident. She was the only survivor. She lost her husband, her daughter and the baby she was carrying. She lost everything. There was no reason that she should be here. The accident took everyone she loved from her and she was left with nothing. She didn’t deserve to be here. So she did the one thing she knew how to do, deprive herself of everything. Leave herself feeling that loss day after day. She shut down. She stopped communicating.
Now she finds herself back in her hometown with her parents and brother. But what she didn’t want was Parker to be around. He was the reason she found this other life. He was the reason she swore she would never return. He was the reason she only had half of a heart. The other half crashed around her when she lost her family.
But will she be able to break free from the stiffening silence? Will Parker end up being the cure to her pain or will he just push her into a deeper downward spiral? With the faith in the love they once shared be enough to get them through this painful time or will it only cause them more pain and heartache?
This book is heartbreaking and heartwarming. It is moving and touching and I just want to cling to the characters and embrace them. There is no bad person here, just a series of unfortunate events that have altered all of their lives in. There is not one character to hate or be angry at in this book. I want to smother each and every one of them with so much love and I want to help them live for the days they have been given. To help them hold on to the things that are true in life and to never let go of those that hold the most love.
You want an amazing book, this is it. You need a reminder of the power of love, this is it. You want to be reminded of all of the gifts we are given in life, this book is it. It is strength, courage, fear and love. It is one of the most powerful books I have ever read and it doesn’t matter how many times it will be read through time, it will continue to pull and tug at the heart and put so much of life in perspective. It will remind you that each day is a gift, “make it count.”
Katie looses her husband, little girl and unborn child in one fell swoop. She isn't the most stable girl to begin with, so naturally this sends her off of the deep end. After recovering as much as possible at the hospital, Katie goes back to her childhood home to finish her recovery. With hr parents and brother constantly hovering, Katie needs a break from them and childhood friend Parker McKenzie fits the bill perfectly.
Parker McKenzie has known Katie his entire life, but because he was best friends with her brother, she was always off limits. Now that she is back, broken but back, Parker wants to to tell her all of the things he never could in the past. The timing was never right for Parker and Katie and now isn't any different.
Katie has to try and move on from the tragedy of a few months ago, and the past that is back in front of her face everyday. She holds secrets and guilt inside, secrets that will ruin lives around her and shatter what she once had. At times I was growing a bit tired of Katie and her dragging things on, however stopped and remembered her situation and cut her some slack. As the story goes, you start to put two and two together about her past and present choices, and then you are socked in the gut.
Kismet will now go on the short list of books that made me well up, not cry tears, but get pretty damn close to it. With so much tragedy, you wonder when and how it will all end. The book is well written and tugs at the ol' heartstrings pretty hard. Have some tissues if you are a sensitive reader, as this one will get 'cha.