Eleven years ago, I saved her. I loved her. But they took me away from her and locked me up. For two years, all I could think about was her. She consumed me. Took up every room in my head and gave me something to focus on, knowing I would see her soon.
Nine years ago, I watched her as she walked down the aisle and into the arms of a man who wasn't me. My brother. I left my home and never looked back.
Now, I'm staring at seven letters, each envelope stamped with one word in bold, red ink: URGENT.
I have no choice but to go back home. Seeing her will be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. But in order to reconcile with my past, I have to face my present. Even if the thought of seeing her, knowing that she is out of my reach, kills me.
I have no idea what awaits me, but I can only hope that the demons of my past will finally be buried and put to rest.
**Due to possible triggering descriptions of self-harm, and some sexual situations this book is not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 years old**
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
From the moment I began this story, I knew it was different. I knew it would make me FEEL. And it did. Every word. Every sentence. This story is a testament to love and all it can endure.
“I would have sold my soul to the devil to hear her voice.”
From the moment Cole Holloway and Eleanor (Nor) Blake met, they just knew their lives would never be the same. They knew they’d fall. Cole was different. And Nor found that to be comforting as she was also different. Cole saw that Nor was in pain. Lonely. He understood those feelings. They both recognized that they would be the one to save each other. They just didn’t know how or when. Their connection was undeniable. The more time they were around each other, there was this spark between them that would not go away. There was this invisible thread that held them together. And the author never tells you this. She allows you to feel it.
“This girl is trouble. She is chaos. She is perfect.”
As the synopsis suggests, circumstances tear Cole and Nor apart. Lies, deception, and fear have kept these two apart. But nine years later, Cole gets an urgent letter where he has no choice but to face his past. Face the woman he still loves so deeply, but in no way belongs to him. Face the only love he’s ever known.
“I couldn’t love you any quieter or harder even if I wanted to.”
This story is told in flashbacks, and it is executed flawlessly. The author is brilliant in her ability to weave the reader effortlessly through this beautiful and heartbreaking story as it flashes between past and present. When Cole returns home, emotions are high. There is real pain here. And it spans many years. That spark between them never left. It always remained. But both are resistant. Hesitant to put their heart on the lines. Not wanting to take a risk and give the other that power to destroy them. Again. As truths are revealed, and lies unravel, the story continues to peel back layer by layer. But can they truly face the consequences of the damage those lies ultimately left?
“Give me a chance to love you. All of you. I want those parts you’ve hidden so deep inside you…those parts you think are unworthy of me loving. I want those. I crave them.”
Fall Back Skyward simply echoes the true meaning of love and if love could be defined its definition would be found inside the pages of this book. Cole and Nor are special. Broken down by life, but their love? Unequivocal. Selfish. Selfless. Astounding. Breathtaking. Their love IS chaos. But it’s their love. A great love. An Unyielding love. Their love shatters lies of the past while facing demons of the present. Their love breaks. But it also heals.
“It’s everything that is Cole Holloway, a quiet yet powerful storm, which could wreck me.
I swear this boy will be the death of me.”
This story hands down had the most stunning and overwhelming declarations of love I have ever read in my life. The words? The writing? Riveting. When this author writes, its simply magic. Her words are beautiful and magnetic. The storyline is spellbinding as she crafts as brilliant story that is rooted in love, forgiveness, heartbreak, and sacrifices.
“You’re not just my ordinary, Eleanor. You’re my extraordinary. My everything.”
Cole and Nor’s story moved me. It was awe-inspiring and thought provoking. Cole and Nor faced tragedy after tragedy as life threw every obstacle in their way that was possible. But despite it all, even through many years of heartbreak and lies, they pushed against it all. Fall Back Skyward attests to the fact that wherever there is darkness, there is light.
“I want nothing more than to fall back skyward with you. Every day. Every night. Every second of the day. I love you, Cole.”
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