Review: Collared by Nicole Williams

Summary:

When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

Review:

I’m totally blown away. I’m a fan of Nicole Williams, and even though I have loved what I have read from her, I have never imagined that this book could be so much more. It completely gutted me.

collared by nicole williams

There are so many underlying circumstances that it’s hard to review this book . But let me tell you that this is story about Jade Childs’ recovery following ten years of captivity. No, it doesn’t focuses on her captivity instead to her healing. It doesn’t try to heal her trauma with romance or sex. In fact, it’s not descriptively steamy. It acknowledges that victims are irrevocably changed but has the power to move on and not let their harrow experience define them. So you see, it’s not just a beautiful love story, it’s a story that will have you experience emotions as you go through the journey with the characters. This is a book that will make you feel and think about things like not giving up and finding the strength to choose to embrace life rather than escape it.

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” 

Jade had been through so much and it was difficult to accumulate back to her life but her family and Torrin, her boyfriend before she was kidnapped, were there for her. She was so strong. And no, it wasn’t heart, flowers and fluff. I lost count how many times I cried while reading this book. It will tug your heartstrings people so prepare your tissues.

Now I want to talk about Torrin. He never gave up on her search for Jade. You have to read this book to understand how loyal, unwavering and powerful his love for Jade is. Honestly, it utterly astounds me. He is probably the best fictional boyfriend I have ever read. But there’s a twist in the story that prevented him and Jade to be romantically together when she returned and booyy did it break my heart. Don’t give up though, follow their pure, sincere and heartfelt love story and I promise you won’t regret it.

“I would have waited for you no matter how long you took. A month, a year, an eternity. I would have waited.”

My only complaint is the ending. Yes, It ended with a hopeful tone but (highlight to see spoilers) I want to see them together. They’ve been through so much and I can’t deny that the hopeless romantic in me needs to have a closure that they live HEA together or I can never rest easy. However, I understand that it made it realistic. I just hope that Nicole Williams will write a follow-up novella about them. Please, please, please do Ms. Williams! I’m begging you! It will haunt me forever.

“I would have waited for you no matter how long you took. A month, a year, an eternity. I would have waited.”

Overall, I love books with poignant message and Collared absolutely had one. Strength, sacrifice, love, healing and hope. It left an impression on me and I hope you get to read this story and experience it too.

rheeza

 

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