What could be worse than losing your child? Having to pretend he’s still alive…
Bestselling author Will Shepard is caught in the twilight of grief, after his young son dies in a car accident. But when his father’s aging mind erases the memory, Will rewrites the truth. The story he spins brings unexpected relief…until he’s forced to return to rural North Carolina, trapping himself in a lie.
Holistic veterinarian Hannah Linden is a healer who opens her heart to strays but can only watch, powerless, as her grown son struggles with inner demons. When she rents her guest cottage to Will and his dad, she finds solace in trying to mend their broken world, even while her own shatters.
As their lives connect and collide, Will and Hannah become each other’s only hope—if they can find their way into a new story, one that begins with love.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reading this book was an emotional experience. At once, this book is heavily laden with grief, redemption, loss and hope. I appreciated that the author took the time to really introduce the backgrounds of her characters and let the reader get to know them.
Both main characters were well thought out and explored, although I felt closer to the male character in this case rather than the female. I found myself in an interesting crux at times, where I wanted to grab a character and shake them, hoping they would go a bit different direction or choose a different outcome than they did.
This is an intense story that you will no doubt become very emotionally invested in, and is not the kind of book I would recommend if you are currently struggling with your own loss. Still, it was written well and has a lot of passages that made me stop and consider life and the various situations we can find ourselves in.
In the end, I was impressed by the writing and the direction things went as the story was resolved. I would recommend this book to those who like more intense, deep stories.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.