☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
Laya Marston’s husband, Cameron, a daredevil enthusiast, always said this before heading off on his next adventure. He was the complete opposite of her, ready and willing to dive off a cliff-face,
or parachute across a canyon—and Laya loved him for it. But she was different: pragmatic, regimented, devoted to her career and to supporting Cameron from the sidelines of his death-defying feats.
Opposites attract, right?
But when Cameron dies suddenly and tragically, all the stages of grief go out the window. Laya becomes lost in denial, living in the delusion that Cameron will come back to her. She begins posting on his Facebook page, reminiscing about their life together, and imagining new adventures for the two of them.
Micah Evans, a young and handsome architect at Laya’s father’s firm, is also stuck––paralyzed by the banal details of his career, his friendships, and his love life. He doesn’t know what he’s looking for, only that there is someone out there who can bring energy and spirit to the humdrum of his life.
When Micah discovers Laya’s tragic and bizarre Facebook posts, he’s determined to show Laya her life is still worth living. Leaving her anonymous gifts and notes, trying to recreate the sense of adventure she once shared with her late husband, Micah finds a new passion watching Laya come out of the darkness. And Laya finds a new joy in the experiences Micah has created for her.
But for Laya, letting another man in still feels like a betrayal to her late husband. Even though Micah may be everything she could wish for, she wonders if she deserves to find happiness again.
How do you move on after your husband dies? Not only dies, but dies violently with you as a witness… Well, you fall apart and wallow in despair.
Laya is a bright and ambitious doctor. She has a plan, and it doesn’t include marriage to a daredevil. Cameron is charismatic, and his zest for life pulled this reader and Laya into his vortex. Unfortunately, he didn’t defy death on the stunt in the opening act of this book. Even more gruesome is the fact that Laya is there; she is a witness to her lovely husband’s horrifying, untimely death. I melted when Cameron and Laya said “three, two, one. See ya’ on the other side”. Such a cute little thing between a couple that turned into something dark. Between losing her husband and witnessing his demise, her grief consumes Laya to the point of neurotic posts on her late husband’s Facebook page and to his cell phone.
Micah is an architect who works in Laya’s father’s firm. He’s in a funk. He is not being giving credit for his work, and he is frustrated to the point of giving up. He is in the middle of a personal and professional existential crisis. When he starts obsessing over Laya on social media, he gets out of his own head in order to try to get Laya out of hers.
Ms. Carlino is truly respectful of loss as she flays open Laya’s emotions. She also lays Micah open for perusal as he reinvents himself. I love that Micah’s family brings a much-needed lightness to a story that is essentially about loss, grief and moving on. While I didn’t fully embrace either main characters or their relationship, I did appreciate the life preserver they provided one another.
About the Author: Renee Carlino lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com
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