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I did figure out part of Wyatt's secret before it was revealed, but there was still some surprises. This book was about mistakes, about accepting forgiveness and learning to live with what you can't accept and moving forward. I thought it sent a great message and when it was over, I was left a bit teary eyed and smiling.
Oh, and do yourself a favor. Listen to the song that the author recommends at the end and picture that closing scene. It's perfect.
My only criticism is wanting to know what happened to the rest of the dogs... The readers definitely were invested in their stories.
Can't wait to see what this author puts out next~!!! SD Hendrickson has turned into an automatic 1-click for me with two 5 star books!!!
Get some popcorn because this is gonna be long...
So even though it was only 3 days ago, I have no idea how I stumbled upon this novel. And when I found it, the very first review I saw compared it to Archer's Voice, one of my favorite novels EVER! I didn't finish reading the review... I didn't read any other reviews... I didn't even read the synopsis, I just bought it. And within thirty-six hours, I devoured it.
I was nervous at first... I mean that's a pretty big book to live up to IMO and I've rarely found comparisons to other awesome novels to be accurate. But was this book as good? I'm sure you already know the answer... YES! HECK YES! I would genuinely put this on the same level as Archer's Voice. There are obvious differences and some may like one more than the other because of personal preferences, but if you enjoy Mia Sheridan's book even a little bit, I'd definitely recommend trying this one!!
It begins with Emma bringing an abused dog, Charlie, to a dog rescue that Wyatt oversees. I loved watching the two of them bond while taking care of the dogs. Wyatt certainly didn't make it easy though. He was drowning in his own pain and guilt. And I was strangely relieved when we discovered his secret. I liked that it wasn't some misunderstanding or misplaced guilt. He made a horrible mistake and the author didn't take the easy way out by trying to sugarcoat what Wyatt had done, and I really appreciated that. Wyatt didn't pity himself, he wanted to forgive himself. He just couldn't figure out how to do that.
Enter Emma. She saves Wyatt. She's a do-gooder who is desperate to love Wyatt, on getting him to forgive himself and convincing him that it's okay to love his life again. I loved how big her heart was. She was so sweet and so secure in who she was. She was a tad naive, but she loved things and wanted to see the best in people--and she didn't let anything discourage her. I think there is something profoundly beautiful about putting your heart on the line, again and again, never knowing if this will be the time it shatters, all for the sake of caring about other living things. There's nothing wrong with having a big heart, and I just loved Emma's! <3
And Wyatt listens. He slowly lets his guard down and lets Emma in. It isn't easy and there are still heartbreaking moments. But he shows us his sweet side and I fell hard. Gradually, I felt just as much hope for them as I watched Wyatt and Emma restore the dogs. Particularly Wyatt. Emma was clearly one to do these types of things but Wyatt felt the need to hide his compassion under all his guilt. But after Emma got through to him, he showed it more and more. And how was I not going to fall in love with a man who reads books to abused dogs?
I wasn't. Honestly, I was a goner from the beginning. Even when he was being gruff and trying to push Emma away, I loved Wyatt... and I loved Emma... and I loved the two of them together.
Even with all the heartbreak, they were so clearly in love. She provided the redemption he needed and he reaffirmed the hope that she needed--that there was no such thing as a lost cause.
I recently finished a novel where I felt the characters lacked depth. These characters had nothing but depth, and I LOVED it. They were complex and such a pleasure to read about, even while they were breaking me heart. I am in awe that this is only the second book from this author and I know I'll be reading more! Her writing was beautiful, she managed to make me feel complete heartbreak for a character that was only on a handful of pages. I loved the lyrical quality of her work, and how much feeling she put into this work. It was like she carefully picked each and every word, even seemingly inconsequential ones, to make it perfect. And it was.
Even the humor. Oh, God, I pray Blaire gets her own story. I want many more, but especially hers. I loved how weird and anti-social she was. Plus anyone who loves Criminal Minds is someone I want to know more about! All her sassiness really cracked up me...
"He could have bodies out there. And that shirt. I don’t know. It says stab me."
"Fine. Let’s do this girly s***. Why do you like him so much? There’s lots of guys out there with way less problems."
There were tears and heartache. It definitely wasn't a light read. There was also a bit of action and suspense to keep you on your toes. That coupled with the humor and unwavering love... made this a complete win for me!! I'd highly recommend it, and will be rereading it myself :)
I know this was long, but I just loved it so much and I'm always pretty passionate about things that affected me this way! So if you made it to the end... cheers! ;)
This is not an exciting book. Quite honestly, it is kind of boring, but the good kind of boring. I was engrossed in the story the whole time, barely putting it down. It is told over a period of months so you get to see the growth of the relationship between Wyatt and Emma. And bonus, none of the characters annoyed me. They are mature. The angst was not off the charts. This was truly a lovely story.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the dogs. Wyatt works at a shelter where he lives and takes care of rescue dogs. I swear the stories of the dogs were just as tragic as Wyatt’s back-story. I am not a dog lover. I do not have a dog, nor do I want one. But the dogs! UGH! Point me in the direction of the nearest shelter where I can get a three-legged dog. They are truly the sweetest characters of the book. They are so resilient and loving and they rescue each other as much as Wyatt rescues them. The dogs are the best characters in this book. Don’t look at that as a bad thing, they are just that awesome!
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