on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.
When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.
When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .Brings her home.
Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.
When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet:
letting her go.
I feel like anything I write will be so inadequate to convey the beauty of the words within this story…I devoured this book from start to finish, staying up late because I couldn’t put it down.
This story starts out with Torrin and Jade in the throes of young love. They have a conviction and certainty about each other that is rarely seen in people so young.
“I guess that’s the way it is with love. Everyone’s a pain in the ass in their own way. The goal’s to find the person whose pain-in-the-ass is worth putting up with. I’ve found mine.”
But then the unthinkable happens…just when we get a feel for these two and their intense feelings, it’s ripped away, and we are suddenly thrust into a new reality; one that is such a stark contrast, your heart can’t help but break for Jade.
“Another part never wants to stop dreaming about him because that’s all I had left of him—dreams”
When Jade is finally able to go home, nothing is as it was. Her struggles to reacclimate were painful to read. There are no easy answers. It’s real and raw, and heartbreaking.
“I’m starting to wonder if the whole point of life is to see how much each person can take before they break.”
Her relationship with Torrin has been irrevocably altered by time and circumstances. Can these two overcome the obstacles? Will Jade ever live a normal life again?
“It doesn’t take long for everything we think we are, no matter how deeply grounded, to be rooted up and cut away. It doesn’t take long to lose yourself in such a way you almost find yourself hoping you’ll never be found. All it takes is one week.”
This story was so hauntingly beautiful. The ending left me wanting more of these two broken people, who together, have found a way to move forward.
~Review by Heavenly