Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
This is a completely spoiler free review. It’s not even a proper review. It’s just me saying that every person should read a book like this one. It is probably one of the most meaningful and powerful books I’ve ever read.
I thought what I loved the most about Colleen’s books was the romance; the characters falling in love, then having to face something, but ultimately finding love again. And she always does that beautifully. But what I learned from this book, is that what I love the most about Colleen’s stories are the women. And Lily, more than the others, had an incredible impact on me. What Colleen succeeded in portraying in this book, is honestly one of the most important lessons girls, and boys alike, should learn today.
I wanted so badly to pretend like some scenes never happened, to find a reason, to just skip them. But that’s exactly the point. I wanted things to be different. But that’s not how life works. The truth was just one. Even if it hurts. I read through this book feeling an heaviness in my chest. I was dreading reading on, but at the same time I knew that I had to keep swimming to find the shore.
I can’t even tell how many times I smiled, how many times I cried, how confused I was, how heartbroken, and how healed I felt. I will treasure this experience forever. I don’t know how to thank Colleen for the courage and honesty that took her to write and share this book. She tried, and succeeded in showing how we deserve to be loved.
Now, I’m going to spend the rest of the day crying.