According to Webster’s Dictionary the definition of the word Broken is violently separated into parts. SHATTERED.
Yup, that pretty much sums me up. How do I handle things? I find my answers at the bottom of a bottle of Tequila and sleep with random men.
How did I get this way? Well, four years ago I made a decision that cost me the love of my life. I can't undo what I did to drive Garrett out of my life. I haven't seen or heard from him in four long years. But he still haunts me in my dreams or should I call them nightmares at this point? No matter how much booze I drink and how many men I sleep with, nothing fills the void. I feel like I am existing but I’m not really living.
I’m trying to get my life back on track. Well that was until. . . . Garrett walked back into my life. His reappearance threw me into another tailspin.
How do I put the pieces of our broken hearts back together? All before he walks out of my life again... this time for good. Or am I simply destined to just be Broken?
"I cannot change the decisions that I have made in the past, but I can learn from them and make the most of the life that I am living now."-Leila
This quote ended the book but i thought it was perfect to start my review with because it rings so TRUE! There have been a few books that I've read this year that have stuck with me weeks after I read them and this is one. When asked to describe this book words like beautiful, deep, haunting, raw and real come to mind. This is a story of how the bond of love is broken by a CHOICE. Mrs. Cervone shows us in this book the way a life can spiral based on the choices we make in life, and how that choice can effect everyone around us. This book dealt with the powerful topic of ABORTION. When I say my emotions were all over the place with this one, I really mean it. There were times I laughed, I cried and other moments I couldn't do anything but just sit on my couch from shock!
This is Lelia and Garrett's love story. The beginning of this rekindled romance takes place at a wedding Leila is photographing that Garrett is at. From the start of this reunion the reader could sense the sexual tension, heart break, and things unspoken between these two( wow factor and heart breaking from the beginning). Lelia's character in the beginning is one that is an out of control woman who uses sex with random men and lots of alcohol as a coping mechanism. But what does she have to cope for you ask? Ya I asked myself this as well for a good part of the book. I have to say the mystery behind Lelia /Garrett's issues Mrs. Cervone kept the reader on their toes until just the right moment ( good job). It's been four years since Leila and Garrett split, and one meeting resurfaces so many emotions in both of them. I loved Leila's character. There were moments I was screaming girl what are you thinking, but other times I remembered you can't help a person until they are ready to help themselves. The Growth of Leila's character throughout this story was amazing. As I read I felt proud of her as if she was related to me,lol.
Garrett oh Garrett....my goodness.... I honestly in the beginning didn't know if I would love him or hate him. However, as this book continued and more things about his life over the last four years were revealed I fell in LOVE with him. Garrett is just as broken as Leila, his coping mechanism was the tattoo needle. Garrett is a military man. After the break up he ran right into the arms of the military. While at war he was injured and lost a leg. I'm telling you guys the more I read about Garrett the more I fell head over heels. This was a man that didn't blame anyone else for his choices and mistakes. He owned them and was the ROCK for him/Leila's rebuilding a relationship..... Sigh...Garrett's character/story was similar to real life marine Alex Minsky, who trust me if you need a visual see his picture below ( good lawd this man is fine)!!
This story flowed so well. Mrs. Cervone did a great job of meshing the present with just enough of the past. The secondary characters in this book I loved. Leila's BFF you couldn't have asked for a better one. As this book continued to play out and Lelia/Garrett attempted to put the pieces of them together, sometimes my heart broke and others moments my heart swelled. It was a rocky road, but they never ran from the TRUTH, they OWNED it. This love story was so RAW. We always hear or read in the news of issues relating to pro choice etc.. Mrs. Cervone touched on a sensitive topic that has plagued the medical world and political world for sometime. She gave the reader a story that they can relate to. Maybe you've been the one facing the choice? Maybe you've been the person caught in the crossfire of the choice? Or maybe you are the family member/friend that has to see the consequences of that choice?
I'll end this review with something my mother told me a long time ago. The choices you make in life are yours, own them because they are yours. Don't judge a man by his choices because you don't know that mans life, haven't seen through his eyes and walked in his shoes! Forty years ago my mother was face with a choice at the age of 19. The choice she made was what was BEST FOR her and ONLY her. She gave the world Victor Taylor III, the worlds greatest big brother!
Great job Mrs. Cervone! You have earned the title of fine wine for this one!
Book rating : 5 stars/A
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