Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her.
That might have been okay if he d spoken to her even once since her father died.
Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn t mean returning to New Harbor.
Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.
People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?
Marci Lyn Curtis, the critically acclaimed author of The One Thing, has crafted an honest and emotional story that will resonate with the wide range of readers impacted by sexual assault.
Sexual assault does not define this story, however, just as it does not define Grace. Wry humor and true love emerge as Grace, like many in the #MeToo era, seeks to find her truth, face her truth, and speak her truth.
“Moving on, I guess, isn’t about glossing over the past. It’s about choosing happiness. And sometimes, choosing happiness means acknowledging painful things and then letting them go.”
I really have no words to explain how much I loved this book. I have never felt so much emotion and adrenaline from reading like I felt with this book. I stayed up late at night reading this book endlessly always wondering, “What’s going to happen next?” I knew early on that I was going to rate this book 5 stars during my review, but honestly, If I had a six star rating, I would rate this book a six. This book really touched my heart in all the right places. There were even some moments throughout the book where I teared up and cried. This book wasn’t a happy matter, but at the end of the book I felt that there was hope left. (You must read this book to understand. READ THE BOOK!)
I loved Grace (the main character). Her thoughts were real and vital. She was a very complex individual in the book, so much so that I felt like she wasn’t just some character in a book, she was like a real person. Grace’s thoughts, depending on the situation, could be funny, serious, and mostly anxious, but she kept the book interesting. I appreciate characters that keep the book interesting, real, and sometimes funny. There is something about Grace that I can relate to. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but she reminds me of myself for some reason.
Grace kept the book extremely interesting, and her circumstances also added to the complexity of her character. There is not much that I can say about her circumstances without giving too much of the book away, so I will leave it there. I can honestly just say that I think I’ve found my favorite new author.
In no way, shape or form, did this book disappoint. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a raw and gripping read –but also gives you hope.
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