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And Anya, she's grown. Now a senior in high school, she's becoming a hockey star in her own right and plans to go for the big leagues. But her school's new athletic trainer might derail her plans. Lucas is only 22 and sets Anya aflame with a look, but students and faculty are forbidden to date, and neither wants to run their career...but they can't stay away.
Just as Alex is beginning to see that his grief is overshadowing everything else in his life, including his daughter who needs him, a woman named Hannah walks into his life...and into his heart. But when he's loved Stephanie for more than twenty years, wouldn't it be a betrayal to bring another woman into her place? Could be open his heart enough for her to slip in? Or will the loss of Stephanie, his one great love, be the end of Alex?
By page two, I needed a break. Over the past two books, I've fallen in love with Alex and Steph; rooted for them to reunite after high school, praying he would overcome drug addiction to be a better man, hoping she would overcome her health issues to deliver Anya safely... for her to die and leave Alex behind almost felt wrong. We've been told that happily ever afters are the only way to write, but isn't the fact that I straight up ugly cried in chapter one a testament to Loring's writing? I mean, I became really emotionally attached to these wonderful characters that weren't always perfect, but flawed and messy and so real, it was as if watching the death of someone you truly knew.
Even Anya, a new face as a young adult, made an impact. She lost her mother, and almost her father, while still following in his footsteps. And while her parents love began in high school and lasted through time, she didn't know if she would be so lucky with Lucas, or if it was just a school girl crush.
I seriously love this series. The passion, the heartbreak, the reintroductions, and mystery of new love was all built so spectacularly, I'm so sad to see it go. But that's the test of a truly good book; one you'll be sorry to finally close, but pick up again later, when looking for a favorite read, ready to take the same adventure, and take it happily.
The Pieces of Us is different from the first two books in the series. Alex has lost Stephany for good this time, and he’s not sure how to go on without her. He must learn to heal from the pain and be the father he needs to be to seventeen year-old Anya. Anya isn’t having an easy time either. She’s finally fallen in love, but it’s the forbidden type. She knows it’s wrong to love him, but she’s always been told to follow her heart.
Alex and Anya’s journey was emotional. Alex had so much pain he was dealing with. He couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel until he met Hannah. Navigating a new romance was really hard for him, and I felt like Jennifer Loring did an amazing job of capturing what it would be like for someone as devoted as Alex was to Stephany to move on. There were also so many great father-daughter moments between Alex and Anya.
I hate saying this, but I wasn’t a big fan of Anya’s relationship with her athletic trainer. The Student-teacher relationship trope is not one I’m a fan of. Anya’s relationship with Lucas was not quite a student-teacher relationship, but close enough. If it was in college, it wouldn’t have bugged me as much, but she was a seventeen year-old high school student. I didn’t like the line Anya and Lucas crossed. Anya was still so emotionally young. Her actions and thoughts proved it. I didn’t think her relationship with Lucas, who was five years older, was a good thing. I’m happy things worked out for her in the end, but it still wasn’t my favorite storyline.
The Pieces of Us was a story of healing and learning to live life again after a devastating loss. It was a story of finding love again and making mistakes along the way. It was beautifully written, and the perfect conclusion to an amazing trilogy. I highly recommend The Firebird Trilogy to hockey romance fans who like a darker love story filled with heart.
When I read the first chapter and saw that Stephanie has passed on I was somewhat thrown off. A bit upset since was written as a memory from Alex's POV.
Until, yes Until I saw Anya was all grown into a young adult almost finishing High School with a story of her own and helping her dad ( Alex) figure out a way out of the deep grievance of his beloved wife who left him filled with hunger and lost.
Just when she is finding her way into adulthood learning to cope without her mom she stumbles into a complicated love that only seems to signal a RED flag. Between learning to accept that her father needs to date and move on and not throwing away her future in hockey and going away to college soon Anya is filled with confusion and determination.
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