Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins ~ Book 1

Posted July 28, 2020 by Debbie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Genres: Coming of Age, Family Life, Romance
Format: eBook

Something in the Way

Book 1


Jessica Hawkins

4 Stars


It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.


~ My Thoughts ~


A Facebook ad was the reason I purchased this book. It kept popping up in my feed and there was just something about the cover that had me heading over to Amazon to check out what it was that tempted me to want to know more.

Something in the Way isn’t your average age gap romance. A genre I love, but will admit I find it hard to find a quality story surrounding the passion, emotion and ethics that evolve around this genre. Something in the Way not only provided me with a wonderfully intriguing story line, it also provided me with well rounded and extremely well defined characters.

Let’s back up to what I wrote in the prior paragraph, this is not your average age gap romance. Something in the Way, the first book in this series focuses the majority of it’s attention on the characters, not the romance. It allows the reader to really grasp the characters individuality, emotions and thoughts. The author does a magnificent job in defining the ages of the characters by their action, thoughts and interest. For me, it truly added that something special while reading.

The family dynamic was interesting. Having grown up in home that is so severely different from the one portrayed in the book, at times I had a hard time believing some of the things I read. While not reading though, and thinking about the story, if I allowed myself to step out of what I knew and really think about the family dynamic, I could see how this can and probably happens to many. Any author that can challenge my thoughts when I have left the story for a while, well to me that’s a great thing.

The story is well written, consistent and slowly consumes you as you turn the page. I was eager to continue this story and have already started the second book in the series.


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