Greyson East left his mark on me.
As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.
Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.
When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.
I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.
The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.
When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only.
He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.
But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.
I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.
★★★★★ 5 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★★
"Maybe all people needed sometimes was for someone to keep showing up for them during the hard days, even when they tried their best to push everyone away."
I think that quote doesn't just sum up this entire book, but it also sums up life in general. It's such a true sentiment, I kept coming back to it. It's the glue that holds any relationship together.
This book. Everyone has been raving over it, so I was a bit reluctant in reading it. Usually when so many are raving, I find myself being underwhelmed. I am so glad that didn't happen with this one.
Will this book rip apart your soul? Will it leave you in an emotional pile you aren't sure you can pull yourself out of? Yes to all of these, more than once. Everyone said to have my tissues ready. I didn't need them, but I see why so many did. There were parts of this book that ripped me apart, but I held strong. Those tears held off for me.
The characters and writing in this book are everything. I can't give this story enough praise. Their push and pull from start to finish is a fairytale that needed to be told. It's such a great story of mishappen and happenstance. I can't say enough great things about it.
The one thing that bothered me was Grey's love for his wife. Well, it wasn't his love for his wife itself. Going by the timeline, he didn't meet his wife too long after he and Eleanor were forced to say goodbye. With his and Eleanor's love so overwhelming at that point, I just couldn't see how a boy who admitted to not be trusting fell so hard and fast for someone so quickly. It really threw me off. His all consuming love for his wife under other circumstances would have made sense.
I have never read any of this author's books. I knew who she is though. I just hadn't taken the leap. Now I know in the future when I want an emotional read that she is one I need to pick up.