Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Pages: 254 (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction/Romance/New Adult
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A twist of fate changes her life forever…
One dream put on hold to honor another…
Do second chances exist? Can dreams be reclaimed?
Twins, Isabelle and Ian are enjoying their senior year of high school with their whole lives ahead of them.
She is auditioning for Julliard and he has offers for soccer scholarships at any school he wants.
Only Isabelle knew he was planning to put off college and join the Army.
Tragedy strikes one day and Ian is killed. In her grief, Isabelle decides to put her dream on hold and honor his.
While deployed tragedy strikes again and she is injured.
Thinking her dreams of dancing again are out of reach she gives up on life. Is she strong enough to overcome her disabilities? Can the love she finds with her brothers best friend Conner be enough to help her reclaim her dreams?
The story is written in first person with each chapter switching back and forth between Isabelle and Conner. While the story was slow at times, I adored it! I love the strength Isabelle possesses, even when she doesn’t think she has it. I also admire Isabelle and Ian’s family, including Ian’s best friend, Conner; they have ups and downs, attitudes and love, and through the heartaches of life, they show they are survivors.
The beginning of the book was sort of slow, each and every account of what the characters did was put into words - therefore it was wordy and a bit much. There were also times I wasn't sure who was speaking, which made it somewhat confusing. However, by close to the end I was zipping through it, eager to get to the next part to see what would happen. It seemed the author found her place and pace and that is when it flowed even nicer. (Isabelle's blank chapters were a fabulous part to the story!)
However, slow parts or not, it was a great story that kept me entertained. I will say that the end of the story made me mad. I was hurt, but not for Isabelle. I couldn’t understand how she could make the choice she did. I felt the heartache the characters felt. I wanted to give Isabelle a piece of my mind. But, thankfully, the epilogue saved me from having to wring Isabelle’s neck, and for me, saved the story.
One more thing I enjoyed about this story is that even though it is a New Adult book, it doesn’t go into detail during adult scenes. Miss O’Connor leaves it all to the reader’s imagination. I would have no issue with my young teen daughter reading it.
Cassidy K O'Connor is a born and raised Floridian who loves to travel but never forgets where her roots are. She married her high school sweetheart, they have 3 kids and a crazy dog. Traveling and reading are her two favorite hobbies. Cassidy loves all things Ireland and has been lucky enough to visit twice. Her dream is to watch a baseball game in every MLB stadium in the country.
She is passionate about Building Women Up and helps run a site dedicated to enriching women's lives. For more information, please visit her website.