Definitely reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks’ ‘A Walk To Remember’, not that I actually read it, I just know it because of the movie. But even if you’re a fan of that novel, it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy this just as much. I devoured this one and ended up wasting so many tissue papers, so yeah… that should explain how much I loved this book.
Ashton Garrison walked away from a privileged life in order to hide from the one thing she’s not willing to face. She knows she left behind a trail of pain, but in the long run, her betrayal will hurt less than the truth. She now has one goal: Live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. She has high hopes that a move to new surroundings will provide the escape she desires, but what Ashton doesn’t count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan. Sometimes, when love comes knocking, the pull is too strong not to answer. Suddenly, what she thought she wanted to escape from is what Ashton now wants more than anything.
Nathan Lockton has one mission: find his target and complete the task he was hired to do—no attachments and no emotion necessary. He’s done it over and over again. What he thought was a typical lost-and-found job has turned into a life examining moment as Nathan is forced to deal with something he has always ignored–his feelings. Now faced with a decision, Nathan must choose to either follow his heart or complete the job.
Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?
Overall Rating: 5/5 — Definite must-read! New adult novel infused with humor, heart-wrenching moments, and true love.
I just love it when books go way beyond my expectations. This book pretty much started out like just another new adult novel and somehow somewhere along the middle, it managed to blow me away with its riveting and heart-wrenching twist and story development.
The plot’s pretty simple, kind of reminiscent of A Walk to Remember even. But even with its simplicity, it did have so much heart that even the simplest of moments made me tear up so easily. So the story started out with this instant attraction (attraction, not love)between Ashton and Nathan. Aside from the oozing chemistry between them, I also loved how there were quite a lot of funny moments as well. Even though they both didn’t want a serious relationship at first, their easy banter and intense magnetism was so palpable that you just know they’re headed for it anyway.
Just like how the entire little town of Woodsfell fell for Ashton Garrison, I also liked her character right off the bat. She’s a simple girl who’s trying to make the best out of the cards she’d been deal with. And even with her “predicament”, she’s not even angsty and full of hatred with how her life turned out. And then she meets Nathan… and fireworks explode.
Ahh Nathan Lockton. I don’t even know how to begin describing his perfection. It’s like he was the missing piece in Ashton’s life that she never thought she needed and wanted. Yes, he didn’t want anything more than a short-lived affair with Ashton but his actions spoke volumes of how he really felt about her. The amount of effort he put in giving Ashton what she deserved just melted my heart instantly. And when he finally knew about Ashton’s truth, I just felt so bad for him that I cried a good few minutes because of the intense pain and hurt he was feeling.
Nathan and Ashton were just so perfect for each other that I was seriously on the edge of my seat rooting for them all the way. More than anything, I think this story was about the strength of true love and what it can overcome. Thank heavens for that sweet epilogue. Definitely a must-read for those who want a simple yet very heartwarming love story 🙂