Cover by The Final Wrap
Rating: 4 Stars
Told in the first person. Alternating persons.
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When it comes to tomorrow…there are no guarantees
Emma, Eddie, and Zach. Best Friends. They were inseparable.
U n t i l t h e y w e r e n ’ t.
The three had grown up together, thick as thieves, friends until the end… well, with a minor exception. Emma had been in love with Zach for as long as she could remember. But it was one-sided.
U n t i l i t w a s n ’ t.
Then life changed. Emma started her first year of college and Zach and Eddie signed up to serve their country together, heading off to war. Life wasn’t quite fair. Emma’s hopes for a life between her and Zach dwindled with the distance and the passage of time. But there was still hope.
U n t i l t h e r e w a s n ’ t.
The unthinkable happened. After all… there was a war. And the three became two. Zach and Emma were left broken, crushed into a million pieces.
Would they be able to help each other put the pieces of their lives back together or would the pain and loss be too much to overcome?
Emily “Emma” Jenkins has received some devastating news that will change her life forever. She has a blow that most of us can sympathize with but not truly understand. Zach Peters has grown up with the Jenkins kids. But as the story progresses you see him change – especially his attitude.
The author was very smart in how she set up her story. It starts off from Emma’s point of view. We see all her happiness, her disappointment, and her pain. At times it was hard to believe that she was so young. If you’ve lost someone or had some recent trauma in your life, this may hit a raw spot so keeping tissue at hand would be a good idea. It’s a story that seems so real and having it told in the first person just makes it even more so.
When we first see Zach it’s through Emma’s eyes. He makes her happy. He makes her sad. He makes her angry. Our author keeps us in suspense as to whether we’ll actually hear from Zach. But then she surprises us by giving us what we want. To get the feeling of reality, our author must have done a lot of research – or she has personal experience to draw on. Having not been a vet myself, I rely on the author to inform me what they may have experienced.
I’m not going to lie; Zach was a hard character to like. He always seemed to end up doing the wrong thing. I didn’t like how he treated Emma – directly or indirectly. But on the flip side, he was the driving force as to why I kept turning the page. I wanted to see Emma happy and that meant I had to see if he ever redeemed himself.
When I saw the page count I was surprised because the author packs so much in and she certainly doesn’t rush anything. She takes the time to develop her characters and her story. Nothing seems to slow down either. The only tough part was reading what both Emma and Zach went through. We then get to the point where we start to feel happy about where this story is going. This means finding out how each one feels – a great way to draw us toward the end. It’s a good reminder that nothing in life is simple. Tragedy happens to everyone. Getting a helping hand is not a bad thing – you just have to be willing. Love helps to make things bearable. And sometimes it takes a while before someone realizes they can have it too.
I am a happily married wife of 36 years and mother of two grown children. My dream to be a published author began about 30 years ago when my kids were small. It was only two years ago that this dream of writing began.
An avid reader of Romance and Suspense/Thrillers as well as the Classics, I decided to venture into the world of writing and self publishing.
I'm happiest at home with my wonderful husband and my 2 dogs or spending time with my kids/grandkids. Home is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.