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The was a really good story and written very well. I was sucked right in and it wasn't to cheesy, unbelievable, or over done. Another good thing was that it felt like a nice amount of time was going by, instead of feeling like bam. Ellie and Jakes story wasn't rushed together, it grew over time. Seeing what Ellie and Jake both had been through really makes you understand why they both try so much to fight each other at times. Jake thinking he's ruined and no good for Ellie, and Ellie thinking after everything she's been through that, she would be stupid to go for someone who could hurt her just as bad as she was before. Of course some things aren't to be fought. Ellie is always running herself to death trying to care for her autistic son Spencer, and wanting to make sure she's always doing the best for him and what he needs just to get through the day. With Jake, he's constantly in pain and struggling with very extreme severe ptsd everyday and every moment. One thing they don't realize at first is how good they are for each other. For Jake, Ellie and Spencer give him something to look forward to or to take his mind of everything that he's struggling with so bad. With Spencer it helps him in so many ways, Spencer loves military stuff and he actually likes Jake a lot plus knowing he was a marine is so cool to him. It's nice to see them together, Jake is very sweet and kind to Spencer and doesn't judge him at all for his disability.
Jake’s voice is pitched low when he leans in and says, “That boy has a disability, Eloise. The only thing silly here is your ignorance.”
And for Ellie it also helps her she's always worried about Spencer, and never takes time for herself or to even allow herself to just take a moment for herself.
So really they are good for each other in so many ways they just need to stop fighting their fears and learn to let go and that it's going to be ok.
“Ooh that boy has got it bad,” Miss Maggie says. “Never mind the boy. Our little Ellie is smitten as a kitten,” Miss Chelle says.
Another thing I loved was nuke, Jakes service dog who helps him with his ptsd. Nuke was a sweet dog and I just loved him. And of course I can't forget Olivia Ellie's best friend and Mr Williams her land lord. Olivia is so funny and sweet and constantly team Jake for Ellie trying to always push them together.
“I ain’t giving up on us, Elle. I’m gonna wear you down, I’m gonna come at you from every angle, and I will have you in my arms again. I may have screwed up a lot of things in my life, but loving you, and starting a war over this isn’t wrong. You’re mine Ellie Mason, and I’m yours. I never belonged to anybody before you, and I don’t intend to belong to anyone else ever again, how can I when you got my whole heart and you ain’t giving it back?” “Jake—”
Olivia owns a dog rescue and actually trains dogs for many things like Nuke with Jake. Without her good friendship, I don't know what Ellie would do at times. And Mr, Williams is an old veteran who might stick only to his front porch and may not be the best at fixing things when Ellie needs something done, but he actually cares for her and Spencer like family and you can really see it at times. I also knew right away when some stuff happens that Mr, Williams has a secret that some might not believe, but again it shows how he truly cares for Ellie and Spencer.
“I don’t have time to play this game, Mr. Williams. Just please stop feedin’ my boy Nutter Butters. Don’t make me ban him from coming over here.” I turn on my heel and prepare to head back across the road when he says, “Five nights back, I left my stoop and took a walk downtown. ’Bout midnight, I’d be reckonin’. It was peaceful. Satisfyin’. Felt like the right thing to do.” “I’m glad for you, Mr. Williams.” I turn and face him. I’m caught off guard by the way he’s looking at me so expectantly. Uneasily, I say, “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and coax my child down from the ceiling what with all the sugar he just consumed.”
This book was so full of awesomeness and easy to read, I just didn't want to put it down. I just kept wanting to know what was going to happen next and if Jake was going to get the help he needed and if Ellie and Spencer were going to be ok.
So this book is nowhere near disappointing and a must read to anyone who just loves a nice story.
There’s no bravery in running away, but there can be in surrender. Sometimes to surrender to someone else’s chaos is the bravest thing you can do.
I often think, maybe I have read it all and one story will be so comparable to another, it may feel like an extension of another story, even from different authors. But you cannot compare one book to another, as each and every character is unique and have their own story to tell. While they share similarities, they a special in their own rite.
The way this author blends characters, and so many different personalities, is simply breathtaking. She kept me guessing after every turn of the page, as I had no clue what the ending would bring. The many discoveries throughout the book were highly entertaining, captivating and at times, extremely emotional. That is what sucks me in and holds me in its grasp until the last word. I am awestruck. Congrats, Carmen. It is another well deserved 5 stars from me.
The way Carmen Jenner captures the affects of war veterans is amazing.
"A group of men go to war. They kill, they follow out orders, they sweat, bleed, and hurt, and they lose brothers. No matter how brave or how tough you think you are, every man that ever steps into a war zone comes back different. Some of us with scars you can see and some with scars you can’t."
The daily challenges for an autistic child and their parent is captured in the same amazing style.
"My son is not diseased, it’s not catching, and we’re not looking for a miracle cure or a way to change him. We just need to find a way to work with him. We need to sort out a way to make all of those beautiful puzzle pieces inside his brain fit together."
The lives of Jake and Ellie as they intersect with each other will steal your heart.
Bravo, Carmen Jenner. Thank you for this amazing story. I can't wait to read it a third time. As an animal lover, it overwhelmed my heart the use of dogs in this story. Thank you for that too. I recommend this story to all readers who love romance in real life settings.