Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself. Trust doesn't come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.
What I Thought: Make sure to have a whole box of kleenex available when you read this.
This is the story of first love, and second chances when that love ends tragically.
Nell and Kyle's story isn't really what this book is about, although you need that to understand how Nell ends up in the dark and lonely place that she does when Colton (Kyle's Older brother) finds that he can not walk away from her.
Kyle was the perfect boy, the golden child, and together He and Nell were always meant to be together. When his life ends in a tragic accident, Nell is frozen in time, unable to move past her guilt over his death or to grieve.
When she meets up with Colton (Kyle's older brother) 2 years after Kyle's death, Colton knows that he has to help her let go of her guilt and move on.
These two have been through so much that your heart just breaks for both of them, and you wonder how they're ever going to get it together.
I really like the way the author doesn't leave you hanging at the end of this story. It actually ends. It's not tied up all pretty, but this isn't that kind of story.
It's really hard not to fall for Colton. It's written from both Colton and Nell's POV, which is good because you get insight into where both the characters are coming from.