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Switching Gears (Love, Lucas Novel Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"Packed full of competitive spirit and restorative heart." Natalie Whipple, author of House of Ivy & Sorrow and Transparent
Praise for Love, Lucas
"Just as readers think they know how this story is going to end, a big plot twist changes the tale’s course. . . . Fans of Sarah Dessen and realistic fiction with a poignant and sad slant will find this an enjoyable read. VERDICT For general purchase, and especially for those school libraries needing realistic fiction." School Library Journal
"A deeply moving tale of unimaginable loss and the redemptive power of love. Sedgwick masterfully delves into the painful details of losing a loved one, breaking your heart even as her beautiful words stitch you back together. Romance and friendship, true growth and authentic healing, this story blew me away. It takes a special book to bring tears to my eyes and make me swoon." Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author
"Chantele Sedgwick's Love, Lucas, is a beautiful story about finding hope, first loves, and learning to live again after the loss of a sibling. With a fantastic cast, and the gorgeous setting of the California coast, this book is one fabulous read." Jolene Perry author of The Summer I Found You
"A beautiful, moving novel of loss and love. Sedgwick’s elegant prose weave a heart-breaking tale that stays with you long after you have finished the last page." G. R. Mannering, author of Roses
"An emotional summer of love, hope, and healing! Love, Lucas is easy to adore with Sedgwick’s real relationships, sweet romance, and tale of renewal." Lizzy Charles, author of Effortless With You
"Chantele Sedgwick navigates the dark waters of grief with a deft hand and plenty of heart. Love, Lucas will drag readers under before bringing them back to the surface for a life-saving breath of hope." Amy Finnegan, author of Not In the Script --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01MRLAQUC
- Publisher : Sky Pony; Reprint edition (February 7, 2017)
- Publication date : February 7, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 655 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #473,818 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Emmy hasn't been dealing with things well, she quit the mountain bike team after Lucas's death and hasn't won first place in a long time. Just when things are starting to look up she finds out that her mom has been diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer.
Now she is trying to navigate her feelings for Cole, her place on the team and the reality of losing her mom as she knows her. Then an accident almost changes everything and Emmy has to decide what is really important.
I am going to note that I didn't realize this was a sequel or a follow up until after I started reading it. Love, Lucas is the first book. However, I didn't feeling like I was missing anything by not having read it first. Emmy is a passionate mountain biker who is still kind of reeling from Lucas dying a year ago.
Lucas is Emmy's first love, but they really never had a relationship. She never told him how she felt until right before he died after he revealed that he had been in love with her for years, but he was too afraid to tell her. Cole moved to Utah during that time frame and has only been Emmy's friend up until now. He is helping her train for her rematch against Whitney.
She feels more than a little guilty about her feelings for Cole, but she cautiously begins to deal with the past and the present until the moment that everything changes. This was a quick easy read. It had me in tears several times, and I enjoyed the book and it's message a lot.
Well, they never actually were officially boyfriend/girlfriend, but she lived next door to him for years and loved him forever. They only confessed just before he died. Sadness. And so this story picks up a few months later and she is still dealing with his death and his loss.
So she immerses herself into her love and hobby of mountain bike racing. There's a new-ish boy (it's been about a year since he moved in) that has bugged her since he arrived and who actually took over her position as captain of the bike team. She does not like him.
Which means, of course, that they will connect! And so that's the love story. He's had his eye on her since the beginning but she has been annoyed by him. All that changes of course, and he is not what she thought he was. It's a blast to read/watch unfold.
Meanwhile, she has her family life situation to deal with too, which is that her mom is suffering from early onset Alzheimers. More sadness. Yes.
But despite all this sadness, I totally enjoyed this book. Fast and easy to read. Lovely romance. Cute characters. Fun look at mountain biking, which... why would anyone do this? CRAZY!
A great moral to this story is to be careful how you judge others. I think it's human nature to jump to quick conclusions about people based on limited information and Emmy learns those first impressions can often be dead wrong. As she comes to know the very persistent Cole better, the lesson becomes more obvious. He's a keeper of a friend--how can someone stand so much rejection and still come back for more?!
Emmy is also dealing with a personal family issue and I love how a sensitive topic is brought up and recognized. When I was about the same age, my family went through a health crisis and her thoughts and feelings on the topic were very realistic for how a teenage girl might feel and try to deal with it all.
This story of growth and overcoming hard things is a tender tug on the heart and I loved the engaging writing style. I'll be back for more, Ms. Sedgwick!
Content: mild romance; mild violence (accidents, injuries, talk of death).