★★★★ 5 Tender-Loving Stars ★★★★
The first novel in a brand-new series—from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Abbi Glines—about a small Southern town filled with cute boys in pickup trucks, Friday night football games, and crazy parties that stir up some major drama.
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.
Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.
As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.
West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…
WOW. This book really pulled at my heart- it is tender, sweet, unique, and utterly heartbreaking. I had so many feelings for the characters ranging from total swoon to devastated, and honestly I couldn’t get enough. How is it possible that the author can write a story that readers become instantly attached to the characters? And on top of that, blow us away with such beautifully emotional tales? EEEP. This book is perfect- just what I needed following some of the lighter books that I have been reading. Clearly I am a huge fan of the author and I continuously look forward to all the books that she writes.
The story details the lives of two characters; Maggie who will not speak due to something horrific that she witnessed in the past, and West who is slowly losing his father. Both characters’ lives intertwine one night at a field party very unexpectedly and from there on out they lean on each other go get through the pain in hopes that one day they will be able to feel happy again. This of course, is not without some drama though and there will be people that will try to stand in their way. But if they can both admit to their true feelings than perhaps they will be able to overcome the obstacles and pain that stand in their way.
Once again this book is totally amazing and it blew me away from page 1 all the way until the end. This book gave me the “feels”, made me cry (not ugly cry though, thankfully), touched my heart, and made me believe that true love can come unexpectedly (I can attest to this as well because I met my husband unexpectedly and our love will last a lifetime too). This is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it to all readers!
When I'm being forced up a mountainside with a backpack weighing me down, terrified of meeting a bear around the next corner or when I'm being hauled out into choppy waters holding on for dear life afraid I'll be pitched over at any moment, I wonder why, exactly, I married my crazy husband. Then again having an adventurous if somewhat insane spouse has been the best muse a writer could ask for. My debut novel, Breathe - a YA contemporary romance, was released May,17, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing and it's thanks to one of those spur of the moment boat trips that sparked the idea for Breathe. I've been writing all my life but it wasn't until I tried my hand at YA fiction that I found my groove. Apparently I never really grew up, which may explain my marriage to a dare devil. I've recently signed the contract on my first YA paranormal titled Existence to be released this Christmas. On October 21, I will be releasing The Vincent Boys - an older YA romance with an edgier feel. It will be available in digital format on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can find me on Twitter @abbiglines I have a slight addiction....
The Rosemary Beach Series
The Vincent Boys Series
Sea Breeze Series
A Field Party Series