After I finish a book, I always want to talk about it but I’m not organized enough and don’t have enough friends to start a virtual book club … so I’m doing these reviews to summarize and share with you.
Notes for this review:
- There will be spoilers. I want to talk about plot, characters, and ending – that’s the point. You have been warned.
- I don’t think I have read any other books by this author. I have written a lot of popular books that have a lot of great reviews on Audible and YouTube.
- I listened to this book on Audible while running and hiking. My review is specific to that experience and I think it might be a little different if you’re reading it.
- Lily is the narrator and the main character. She is twenty years old and moved to Boston after college. Her father was very physically abusing her mother. The book begins on the night of her father’s funeral, during which she was supposed to deliver a eulogy speech, but she stood there and said nothing.
- I met Ryle the same night and they have an affair. But he says it only goes down for one night. Ugh.
- Throughout the book she read her diaries since she was a teenager. She wrote in her diary as if she was writing letters to Ellen DeGeneres that she never intended to send. We learned that she had an affair with a homeless boy named Atlas who was staying in an abandoned house behind her. He eventually moved to Boston.
- The tracks cross over with Ryle again and they start dating.
- Next, I ran to Atlas.
- Cut to – Ryle hits her … but they decide to get married in Vegas one night.
- Then he pushed her down the stairs. His sister (and best friend) told him to tell her this big secret that might explain why he did so. It turns out that he accidentally shot his brother when they were kids. He didn’t realize it was a real weapon. It was an accident and spoiled it for life. Now he is very angry and black.
- He says he underwent treatment since he was 6 years old because of it. And this is where I call my BS. If he’s in therapy and doing the work – why didn’t he tell her before their marriage? Why didn’t he talk about it after he first hit her ?? Why doesn’t he have an emergency anger management plan ??? No.
I listened to most of the book while jogging. I think it’s good to hear running, walking, and cleaning … mainly activities where it’s nice to chat on the go. It wasn’t very interesting but I finished it very quickly and never got bored.
Ends with us a summary from Amazon:
Lily wasn’t always easy, but that never stopped her from working hard for the life she wanted. She came a long way from the small town of Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when you get a spark with an awesome neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, it seems like all of a sudden everything in Lily’s life seems too good to be true.
Rael is assertive, stubborn, and perhaps a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, adorable, and has a totally soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks at scrubs definitely doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get it out of her head. But Rael’s total aversion to relationships is upsetting. Even when Lily finds herself the exception to the “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
While she is overshadowed by questions about her new relationship, she is also overshadowed by the thoughts of Corrigan’s Atlas – her first love and a connection to the past that she left behind. He was her good spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly appears again, everything that Lily and Ryle has built becomes menaced.
If you or someone you know has been in a situation of domestic violence and needs help – a list of resources is provided below.
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- Domestic Violence Hotline – https://www.thehotline.org/
- Domestic Violence Hotline (24 Hours) – 1-800-799-7233
- Human Options Hotline (24 hours) – 3594-854-877
- Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741
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