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Sadie is on her way home, a home she has left behind ten years ago. Sadie grew up in a religious family, her father being the strict pastor of their congregation. From a very young age Sadie has had a special bond with Dillon, the boy next door. He’s a bit older, but the two of them are inseparable and everybody knows they will end up together. But when Sadie is 15, she barely survives a horrific attack and everything changes. She no longer can life at home and leaves everybody – including Dillon – behind. Now Sadie is back, to say goodbye to her dying mother. She knows she must stay away from Dillon, but that’s impossible.
“I miss him but he’s right here in my arms. It doesn’t feel like it in my heart because it’s throbbing. After a time, my breathing starts to calm, no doubt by pacing mine to his, and I can put my legs down again. I keep the side of my face on his shoulder and take in his scent. I’ve missed this. It’s like a scent created by God just for me and me alone.”
Dillon is still living in his childhood town. He left for his education, but he went back, and is now working in the area. Sadie is his childhood love, the girl he promised to marry when he was almost nine years old. And although he has lived a life while Sadie was away, his heart and dreams have always belonged to her. Dillon has always felt guilty over what had happened to Sadie, even though he doesn’t even know the full extent of what occurred that night. When Dillon sees Sadie for the first time in ten years, and her reaction to him, he knows they might have a chance.
“I am in love with you, Sadie,” he states, his voice as clear as a blue sky. “That will never change, ever. I’m in love with my best friend and there’s nothing that will ever change that. We grew up together. We shared everything. You know me better than anyone ever has or ever will.”
As children Sadie and Dillon where very close; they loved each other long before they even understood the concept of love. After Sadie’s ordeal, she cuts out everybody from her life and moves away to life with her aunt. And now she’s back; grown up, still damaged from the attack and still in love with Dillon. A man she thinks she can’t have because her attacker made her understood very clearly, she and Dillon can’t be together. Sadie and Dillon start spending time together, and slowly rekindle their friendship. It’s obvious they still love each other. When all is out is the open, the couple finally has a chance at their so much deserved fairytale ending.
My heart broke for Sadie. What happened to her was horrific to read by itself, but the reaction of her own father made is so much worse. Sadie was such a sweet and sheltered young girl, she didn’t do anything to provoke both men, both monsters in their own way. I love how Dillon is with Sadie, despite he hasn’t seen or heard from her in ten years, she’s still the woman he wants to build a future with. Both Sadie and Dillon are quite religious, even after what happened. Normally it irks me a bit, but in this case, it doesn’t. Sadie’s Mountain doesn’t contain explicit sex scenes like other romantic stories, and to my surprise I didn’t even miss them. Sadie, Dillon and their story are enough.
“There’s no place I’d rather be, and there’s no one else I’d rather share this with. This is a return to a time when life has grace and dignity, when life has meaning. And we are really free.”
I love Sadie’s Mountain, I give the story of Sadie and Dillon 4.5 stars.
The story is so versatile, has so many layers, that you don’t finish peeling them off until the very last page.
It is about a woman whose life changed within the blink of an eye. She had everything taken from her – her future, her dignity, her love. She had been broken and left an empty shell. And it is about her learning to fight for what she deserves in her life.
Sadie has been in love with Dillon since she was five. They were two peas in a pod. Until one night that future was taken from her by a crime so horrible and vile it will make you writhe in pain. She feels broken and empty. She feels like she lost her dignity and herself that fateful night in the shed. Trying to get away from the threats spoken out against her and Dillon, she leaves her home to live with her aunt in California. Leaving Dillon behind – heart-broken and devastated. Learning about that tragic night Sadie experienced was awful. It was so realistic, so well-written and so emotional, I was wrecked by sobs. But it was necessary to understand her pain and her fear.
When Sadie returns to her home-town to be with her dying mother, her life again changes in an instant. Meeting Dillon again, feelings that she thought to be long buried and dead rise to the surface, not allowing her to hide behind the walls she has erected around herself.
With Dillon’s help and eventually through her mother’s last request she learns to stand up for herself again and to fight for what she believes in.
Sadie’s journey from tragedy and loss to healing and love is incredibly moving. It will grip you from the first line and not let you go until your out of breath and sobbing out of control. And it is beautiful to see how a broken woman learns to love herself thanks to the love for the home and land she grew up in. How the love for her mountain teaches her to love and fight. Step by step she is learning to take the power back that was stolen from her – and with every step she comes closer to freedom, to feeling whole again. Everytime she stood up for herself I was cheering like an insane cheerleader. I wanted her to heal, I wanted her to feel whole again and I wanted her to allow Dillon to love her. She had so much hidden strength that she just needed to learn to tap into and to allow herself to be happy, to look forward to the future.
Dillon on the other hand…as book boyfriends go it doesn’t get more perfect than him. He has loved Sadie before the night that changed everything and he swore to love her after. Not for one minute did he look differently at her or stopped loving her. He wanted to build a family and never gave up on that dream. Even after her leaving, he held on tight to the belief that she’s the one for him and that one day she will heal enough to be with him. The way he is there for her, patient and understanding melted my heart. It was pure and unwavering love. He was her rock in the stormy sea, no matter how much he was hurting himself – from guilt, loss and fear.
The love they share, the chemistry and the out of this world bond will make you swoon, will make you smile, will make you coo in awe and will make you cry at times. And the love scene between them. Holy mother in heaven. It wasn’t the usually racy explicit things you get in a lot of New Adult stuff these days. It was innocent and pure but at the same time so full of beauty, love and passion that it took my breath away. It was sensual and poetic. Probably one of the most incredibly love scenes I ever read. You know it is good stuff, when it makes bible verses sexy.
Unfortunately Dillon and Sadie couldn’t just hop on their horses and ride into the sunset. There were many trials and tribulations, dangers and tragedies along the way – with broken hearts and misused trusts. Up till the very end, I didn’t know what will happen next. There were times, I didn’t want to continue out of fear of what the characters will have to endure now. But it was so worth it in the end.
I loved that the book took a critical look at so many topics – from family to relationships, love and justice, healing and forgiveness, religion and environment. It made me think and feel. It wasn’t just entertainment. It was so much more than that. It was intellectual and poetic. It was philosophical and educating. It was sensual and romantic. It was a hope-giving, healing read that rendered me speechless with awe and sheer beauty.
Shelby Rebecca created magic with this story. The landscape and nature she described, the characters she brought to life, the feelings and emotions she evoked. One of the best reads of 2013 no doubt. One of the best reads ever.
5+ powerful, faith in love restoring, heart-stopping stars.
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