This powerful and amazing story kept my attention the entire time. This book is for those who believe that true love can live through anything. This story hurts. A lot. I found that even after I finished, I was still thinking about it. The story and the characters will leave you breathless as it is both heartbreaking and heartfelt.
Ripple is told in both past and present. Kendall and Adam met in high school and their love blossomed over time. As best friends they became lovers. Circumstances tear them apart. Although they lived their lives apart the flame that originally ignited their relationship never went away. When an unfortunate occurrence forces them back into their small town, you immediately feel the connection between the two. They end up finding out the deep dark secret that has caused them to walk away from each other. Is love enough for this couple? They spent so many years apart but can their love survive this? Can Adam love Kendall through her mistakes? Can Kendall truly forgive Adam? I cannot tell you how much I felt for this couple. Usually high school sweethearts are not very convincing, however Kendall and Adam had an all consuming love. I've never met such a young couple that loved each other with such conviction as these two have. You will want to scream, cry, and throw things as you read Ripple. But the ending? It's worth it.
I enjoyed the writing style of Ripple. The story flowed seamlessly as we were taken back and forth from past to present and back again. The writing itself is beautiful as you are taken on a journey through Kendall and Adam's story. I truly hope we get to see more of Kendall and Adam. This is so much deeper than the typical second chance romance. If you are a believer that love endures all things, and I mean ALL things, then you must read this book.
I stood at the cold dark water’s edge, my reflection staring back at me from the glasslike surface. The reflection of a girl that I no longer knew. I breathed in the overwhelming scent of pine and recognized the tranquility that surrounded me. The soft hum of the city in the distance, the echo of an eagle’s cry overhead, the steady drum of my heart—the only sounds that could be heard in the quiet serenity that was present all around me.
Inside an entirely different scene existed. Whirling thoughts, like hurricane-force winds, blew through my mind while a dark, thunderous storm was raging inside my soul, cutting the power to the central organ of my existence—my heart. I was destined to weather this storm on my own. After all, like Mother Nature, I was the controlling force behind these conditions.
I threw a stone into the mirrored surface of the water before me and watched the small circular wave expand from the point where it broke through the stillness.
It was hard not to think of the stone as the choice I had made, the choice that inevitably created waves in the smooth waters of my life. The first lie, like the first ripple in the water, seemed so small but quickly became more significant. Each wave growing in size and depth, impossible to stop. The effect from that one choice spread through my life like the ripple moving across the surface of the water.
I longed for the stillness.
L.D. Cedergreen has always enjoyed writing. It started as short stories, and later developed into poetry–some of which has been published–and now her first full-length novel. She’s a vivid day dreamer, a passionate reader, and a fan of all music.
She is a small town girl at heart. Originally from Washington State, she now resides in Southern California with her husband and two little ones. As much as she would like to call herself a beach girl, she is–without a doubt– grounded by her small town roots.
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