Sophie has loved before, but she knew none of them were her forever guy. But when she meets Peter she suddenly finds herself being forced to feel, to live. Together she is happy but these two just don't fall in love. They connect. They breathe each other, they become an obsession to one another.
Sophie's story is told through a flash back of her life, the life just before Peter enters, being loved and then becoming lost. As this story unfolds you have a feeling that there is a huge secret that is being kept. You know it's coming. You think you have an idea as to what it will be, but you have no clue. The reality is nothing like you imagined. There is no bracing yourself for the pure devastation, a destruction that is absolutely beautiful in such a tragic way. There is no cure for this kind of hurt but there is joy tangled in the desperation.
Peter has a way about him. He gives Sophie's life a heartbeat, a pulse. He breaks through her walls and exposes the woman that has been buried beneath her drive to be perfect, stable. He strips her of every insecurity and takes every part of her that she wasn't willing to hand over.
This might not be a typical love story. But make no mistake, this was a love story. From start to finish. This was a story that made your heart soar and break.
There are a few things I have come to expect from a book written by Sarah Ann Walker. I know that I am going to get a complex story. I know that I am going to get drawn in by the character's voice and that her voice is just as important as any plot point the author is going to hit. That voice, the mannerisms... it is all part of the story, that voice is a character in the story. I also know that I am going to be shocked, brought to my knees and maybe, just maybe, if I'm lucky the author will piece me back together after she shatters me. But beyond all of that. I know I will feel. Everything. I don't require hearts and flowers in my romance. I just need feeling. And this book, it was all feels.
I cried. Not just after putting this down. I cried throughout this book. I cried sentences that consisted of few words, but that captured the emotion of the moment perfectly. I cried as truths were told and struggles were fought and lost. And then finally I turned that final page and I cried for every word that was written in this story, for Sophie and for Peter. And as I write this review, thinking back to the story, I am crying again.
I have read the prior books from this author, I knew to expect an emotional story. I knew that I was going to find complex characters that were going to draw me in, but still - there was no bracing myself for this book. I thought I was prepared. I was wrong. And although this book found a new way to break my heart, in a way that no other story has ever done before - I loved every second of it. I cherished this story, the happy times, of falling in love. And I became just as lost as Peter & Sophie did. There is no escaping the emotions of this story. I loved how this story evoked emotions, I didn't simply read it. I felt it.
I am not just going to suffer from a book hangover now that I finished this story, this is a story that will stay with me. It has latched on and I think that Sophie and Peter stole a piece of my heart.
I cannot say it enough. Sarah Ann Walker is absolutely brilliant when it comes to her ability to create the most unexpected story. Her characters have such a unique voice and her stories do not have fluff that just pushes a story forward, it has purpose. The details all matter. The annoyances all have a place in the story, meaning in the bigger picture. If you have not yet discovered this author you are missing out. These are not books that give you instant revelations or resolutions - these are books that require you to give yourself over and to place your faith in the author that she will lead you where you need to go. The story will be told at the pace it needs to be told. Patience is a must.