Also by this author: Sweet Filthy Boy, Beautiful Beloved, Beautiful Secret, Dark Wild Night, Wicked Sexy Liar, Beautiful Boss (Beautiful Bastard #4.5), Beautiful, Dating You / Hating You, Roomies, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
Published by Gallery Books on April 10th 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
Format: Netgalley eARC
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Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first women’s fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).
The story of the heart can never be unwritten.
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.
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Once upon a time, one of my fellow bloggers said I needed to read a book by these two authors writing in tandem and I did and I loved what I read. That was my introduction to the talented ladies who call themselves Christina Lauren. I am going to try very hard not to gush over this book. I doubt I’ll be successful. Sometimes I read a book which moves me so much and this is one that did that very thing. I am overawed! I think part of it is the fact that I go way back with the author(s) to when I read their first book as an ARC. Now I’m presented with a complete 180 in style and substance and I was moved to tears by the characters, the story, and the writing. I love when I follow an author(s) who visibly grows as I move from book to book. I surprised myself by falling in love with these young characters even though I usually prefer older ones. Macy and Elliot are so engaging I have to congratulate the author(s) on making them ageless despite their youth.
Macy Sorensen and Elliot Petropoulis meet and grow up and into love with each other over a period of years. Theirs is no capricious relationship based on a random meeting or pure physical chemistry. It’s more like two seedlings planted side-by-side that grow into mature saplings sharing their space and their beauty with those around them until one day a thoughtless hand uproots one of them so they are left to continue to grow, but apart. You must be prepared to grieve when the twists and turns of life divide these two people who, it seems, were created to be together. You must also be prepared to wait for the story to play out when a chance meeting reunites them as adults. Told in a series of “now” and “then” segments, the “why” of their years of separation is poignantly revealed.
This is THE book for readers who want to believe in HEA’s, who need to believe in the kind of unique connection the characters Macy and Elliot possess, and especially for those who love a story that works its way into your heart and doesn’t let go even when the last word is read.