*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Kaitlyn Thomas is on a girl’s weekend; she has a five year old son and is not really happy in her marriage to Michael. This weekend means she can relax and take a few days out of the daily routine of her life.
During the weekend, she hears a voice from the past, one that holds so many memories; some she wants to remember and some she wants to forget. That voice belongs to Chris King the boy who saved her in so many ways, and whom she fell in love with.
“A love I had tucked away so deeply into my soul was reignited eight years later by a single glance.” ~ Kaitlyn
“He enveloped me in his arms and whispered into my ear, “I’ve never forgotten you.” ~ Chris
The story flashes back eight years ago as Kaitlyn tells her friends about the man whom she clearly still has feelings for. It’s during this time you discover her connection to Chris, what he did for her, how he saved her and why. When the story returns to the present, Kaitlyn realises seeing Chris again she has some choices to make, should she follow her heart or her head.
“Who gets the chance? The chance to revisit the past? The chance to make amends? The chance to reconnect to someone who once had your heart?” ~ Kaitlyn
I liked the storyline I can’t say much more as I don’t want to give away spoilers, I will say it is about love, regrets, mistakes, forgiveness, second chances and what if’s. It was emotional as it also touches on some sensitive subjects, and my heart when out to Kaitlyn especially with what she went through during her high school years.
I loved Kaitlyn and Chris together and the relationship that they had. Chris truly was the misunderstood bad boy, and you can’t help falling in love with him after all that he does and did for Kaitlyn, he was her knight in shining armour.
“When we’re old and gray and widowed, promise me you’ll look me up in the nursing home so we can finally be together.” ~ Chris
Overall I enjoyed this book, I liked reading about Kaitlyn and Chris in the past, but I did feel that maybe there was too much of it as I felt that when the book returned back to the present day, some parts were rushed. The last 25% the story was different to what I was expecting, and even though I was surprised at some of the decisions that certain characters made I did in some ways understand them.
There is no cliffhanger as such, but the author does gives you Chris’s POV, which I loved, but I do wish there had more of this during the book, as many times I wanted to know what he was thinking, and as I swiped that last page I was left with a few questions and wanting more.
I was impressed with Melanie Dawn’s début novel; which I would recommend. It was engaging from the start, and well written. I liked that Melanie added information at the end of the book for anyone going through what Kaitlyn did during high school. I hope that Melanie writes another book in this series as I feel that this story is far from over.
Melanie Dawn is a thinker, a dreamer, and a hopeless romantic. When her head isn't in the clouds, she spends her time as a jack of all trades to her family. Melanie resides in the hills of North Carolina with her husband, her three children, and her cat. She enjoys lazy summer afternoons cruising around the lake on the pontoon boat with her family.
Melanie graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Psychology and earned her MA in School Counseling from Appalachian State University. She spent the first six years after graduate school as a middle school counselor. Those were years she deems as some of the best years of her life. That is, until she had children of her own. The last seven years have been spent as a stay-at-home mom. She has learned some tough life lessons, like what the inner absorbent pellets of a diaper look like scattered in the washing machine. She has also learned the strength of the willpower of a two year old lacking a nap. Through it all, Melanie has learned how to roll with the punches and appreciate the time she has been able to spend at home with her children.
Now that her last child has started Kindergarten, Melanie is ready to add a new chapter in her life. That chapter begins with her debut novel—So Much It Hurts.
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