Author: Elizabeth Lee
Publish Date: September 26, 2012
Rating: 2.5 birds
Alyssa Boyd had big plans. Big plans that included getting the hell out of the little town she’d grown up in with her two best friends. When she decided it was time to let one of them know her true feelings for him; a change of plans resulted in a tragic turn of events. Now, Alyssa is left alone to find her way out of the darkness that an untimely death has left in its wake.
Jesse Vaughn was never good at letting people in. He’d learned a long time ago that it’s easier that way because people leave, or, unfortunately, die. The one person he wanted to let in doesn’t want him anymore. The only problem is he can’t stop thinking about her. Jesse returns to the childhood home he left behind with one goal in mind… to convince her that they should be together.
When Jesse finds Alyssa she’s not the same girl he left behind. She’s wild, reckless and hell-bent on not giving Jesse a second chance. Lucky for Jesse, his stubborn streak has always been a mile-wide and he’s not about to give up on her.
When your life has been shattered can you really pick up all the pieces and move on?
Short read but great setting. Small town rural America is exactly like where I’m from. Ms. Lee does a great job of capturing rural life where everyone knows everyone else’s business and some relationships begin in Kindergarten and last until death.
The event that separates Alyssa and Jesse is heart wrenching and I could clearly picture it in my mind. Alyssa’s coping mechanism at that time trying to pick up the pieces of glass is just the saddest and to read that it continues afterwards until a jar is full is too.
The relationship between Jesse and Alyssa is difficult. I felt at times like she overreacted to issues that arose between them. The relationship moves forward and then stalls and when confronted with commitment Alyssa backs away. I found it frustrating.
All in all the ending is a good and happy one even though I had my doubts. It took me a while to write this review as I enjoyed reading, but I wanted more. Despite my getting frustrated I found that this book was enjoyable and I do recommend it. This is a great debut novel by Ms. Lee and I wish her much luck with her next project.