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Lea Holder was injured in the same accident that took the life of Seth Ashbury's brother, Parker. Lea's sister, Camille, was still in a coma nine months later, also. This tragedy was all caused by drunk driver. Unfortunately, the driver was Lea's mother. Lea's family had shattered after the accident and she saw how the accident brought the Ashbury family together and they supported each other. She wanted to learn how that could be after such devastating tragedy.
She wanted to get to know Seth better, so she decided to find out and was accepted to the same boarding school that Seth Ashbury attended in Vermont. Seth was blind and she knew he wouldn't be able to recognize her but she was worried that he might recognize her voice or somehow find out who she was. Coincidentally, she was asked to tutor Seth in Chemistry. And, as she began to make friends at the school and spent time with Seth she admired him and his determination, his love for his older brother, Parker, and his desire to see Parker's dream realized, even after his death. He asked Lea to be a part of that dream by helping him create his brother's final project that would allow him to receive his degree posthumously.
Lea had been "bullied" by her father into lying about the circumstances of the accident to cast down on her mother's guilt. Because she did as her father had asked, she carried unbearable guilt and as she saw the pain reflected in Seth, she began to question her need to protect her mother and deny the Ashbury family the closure they needed.
I won't give away the whole story but sufficeth to say it was an amazingly tender and gut-wrenching story. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to read this book and provide an honest review. I was given a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for that review, which I wholeheartedly recommend you read.
I give out five stars but I need the rest. The ending was too sudden. There are four months missing and they must have been a busy four months. Then I need closure with next few months.
But, it was a heart renching story that must be read.
A few favorite lines in the book, if you need more convincing to read it…
“…with the past clinging to me with such sharp claws, it’s hard to see the future as anything but a hazy improbability.”
“The things that really matter about a person aren’t things you can physically see. So if someone wants to stare at you, who cares? It’s not like they’ll get to see the real you without your permission.”
“Something is pretty if you can forgive its flaws…But if it’s beautiful, it makes you embrace its flaws.”
It’s pretty clear to me that Ms. Rivers has talent, save for a few proofreading errors that bugged me :) She can weave an interesting and complex story line that, even at the last page, makes you want more. This is the second book of hers I have read (first being In the Hope of Memories, which rocked!), and I am eager to read more by her. You won’t want to miss this author or this book!
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This was my first book written by Olivia Rivers. It was well written and very emotional.Read more