Today's review is for
It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
This is the story of Lily. She grew up in a home witnesses her father abusing her mother. Her mother never left, and she never understood why. Lily spent her whole life hating her father, and when he dies, she still can't find it in her heart to forgive him.
When she was a teenager, she met a boy named Atlas. He was homeless - his mother and step father kicking him out of the house at age 18 because they couldn't get along. He is staying at an abandoned house near Lily's and she invites him in one day to get a shower and a change of clothes. Her kindness to him leads to a friendship that soon turns to love. When Atlast announces that after he finishes high school, he is going into the Marines, Lily knows she will never see him again.
At age 25, Lily now lives in Boston and is trying to decide what she wants to do with her life. She has always loved gardening and plants and wants to open her own floral shop. One night, while she is on a roof contemplating her future, she meets Ryle - a handsome neurosurgeon. They soon find themselves in a relationship that is moving faster than either of them ever expected.
But their relationship soon takes a dark turn, and Lily has to make a choice. Does she stay or does she break a cycle from her past? Is she strong enough to make the hard choices when faced with an uncertain future?
This book was really really good. At first I thought we were heading down a "50 shades of gray" trail (a book I will NEVER read), but I was wrong. The writing was excellent and the story was powerful. It was a very fast read and very hard to put down. I stayed up late a few nights to finish this one.
I am happy I decided to read this book. It is going on the list of a favorite for this year.
Stars: 4 1/2