“Love, real love, wasn’t empty, grasping hands, or lies that felt like truths. And it wasn’t perfect or neat or always easy. It was a rising sun on a new day. It was endless possibility.”
If you’re looking for intense feels and honest yet believable scenarios – this might be the book for you.
I haven’t read any Emma Scott book before and I’m glad that this is the first one I picked up. The narrative was mostly from Charlotte but there were also snippets of thoughts and feels from Noah creating a balance of understanding for both sides of the story.
Both characters carry weight and baggage, each one with a story to tell. It was a difficult start for the two of them yet they found a second chance in life and living in one another.
I love how compelling this story is. Suddenly, I had this great sense of appreciation for being able to see. There were moments when I would just pause and let Noah’s plight sink in. And I guess that’s the power of beautiful storytelling – how words can touch your soul and make you think.
Writing wise, I enjoyed how the story just flowed effortlessly. It was not difficult to love these two characters. They are both well developed and not overly done. At the same time, there were also secondary characters who felt just as real and alive to me.
There was a certain point in my reading journey wherein I suddenly avoided damaged and broken main characters. It just came to a point that the characters felt exaggerated and overly fictionalized to me. To my surprise, Noah and Charlotte felt the exact opposite. They felt genuine and relatable in the sense that they were weak but strong, downtrodden yet hopeful. They weren’t looking for each other but in the end, each other was what they needed.
This book is beautiful and heartwarming. It will empower you, give you hope and strength as well as faith in love and healing. I can definitely see more Emma Scott books in my TBR now.
To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. –John Milton
Charlotte Conroy, Juilliard-trained violinist, was on the cusp of greatness when tragedy swooped down on dark wings, crushing her hopes and breaking her heart. The music that used to sing in her soul has grown quiet, and she feels on the verge of setting down her violin for good. To pay the bills, she accepts a job as a personal assistant to a bitter, angry young man who’s been disabled by a horrific accident …
Noah Lake was an extreme sport athlete, journalist and photographer. He roamed the world in search of his next adrenaline high, until a cliff-dive left him in a coma. He awakes to find his career gone, his dreams shattered to pieces, his world an endless blackness that will never lift.
Charlotte begins to see that beneath Noah’s angry, brittle exterior is a young man in a pain. She is determined to show him that his life isn’t over, that he has so much to live for, never dreaming that she would become the only light in his darkness, or that he would help her find the music in hers.
The life he knew is over. The life she wants is just out of reach.
Together, they must face their fears and rediscover what it means to really live.