Published by Amy Harmon on February 13th 2018
Genres: Family, Friends to Lovers, Romance, Second Chance Romance
“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” - Unknown
It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?” If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too. So Mercedes lied. And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down. This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.
“Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.”
It doesn’t fail, every time I read an Amy Harmon book, I’m rendered speechless. I don’t know what to think, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know what to say… Her writing is simply magnificent. Her ability to tell stories is like no other. And this book, this book, man, is just amazing.
“They moved silently in each other’s orbits, solitary planets in a lonely galaxy.”
I was lucky enough to read this one early. Yet, after I was done I was hit with so many feelings I didn’t know what to do with them. If you are familiar with Amy’s writing, you know that one her books she’ll bring fantastic storytelling, she’ll bring love, she’ll bring friendship, she’ll bring family, but she’ll also bring heartbreak and devastation. She writes real stories, stories that make you feel, stories that make you think, and both things I sure did. I read this one with an ache in my heart, this was a slow burn, a book that can’t be devoured, but savored. And that’s just what I did.
“They clung to each other, her arms wrapped around his shoulders, his arms wrapped around her waist. His hands didn’t roam, and they didn’t sink to the floor. They stood in the darkened alcove, kissing like they would never get another chance, like kissing was life itself, and the moment they stopped, the world would stop too.”
I guess I should talk about the book, lol. But I’m not sure I could make this one justice with words. If you read The Law of Moses (if you haven’t, why the heck not, it’s perfection!) you might remember Dr. Noah Andelin. He’s Moses doctor at Montlake. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil Moses. But anyway, Dr. Noah has a small, intriguing but important part on The Law of Moses. Ever since Moses, I was totally intrigued, so I was definitely looking forward to this.
“She’s a forever kind of girl. Once she’s claimed you, you’re hers. You’re hers, Bug. We’ve just got to convince her that she’s ours.”
This book is about friendship above all. A friendship that spans over 20 years and even transcend death. A friendship between two girls and a boy, about choices and fate and the consequences of your decisions. It also dabbles into some difficult themes like death, suicide, depression, war and mental illness. It’s also on the same wavelength of some of the themes of The Law of Moses.
“’Don’t talk ill of the dead,’ people say. But if we aren’t truthful about who our loved ones were, then we aren’t really remembering them. We’re creating someone who didn’t exist.”
I really don’t want to go into details. I definitely think this is one you should experience for yourself without spoilers. I will say that I loved Mercedes and I loved Noah dearly, together and separately. I have huge qualms when it comes to what I call “second best” stories. You know, stories where there’s a strong presence of another S/O, often a dead one, and I feel like one of the main MCs is still hung up on that person which compromises their feelings for the other MC. Had this or that not happened, would they have stayed with the other S/O or with the H/h? I’m telling you, I dread such books. But in this story, I didn’t really feel like that, I felt like Amy navigated all those topics like a pro and came up on top. I also want to say, that this is not a love triangle and can totally be read as standalone. So, do I recommend this? Absolutely! This is a must read as with all of Amy’s books. I can’t wait for what she’ll bring us next!
“There was no past or future, no consideration or deliberation. There was now. Here I am, her thoughts screamed. Here you are. Here we are. This is us.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**