Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
Audiobook, eAudiobook, Unabridged, 11 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Audio
11 hours, 11 minutes
Five stars: A breathtaking tale of love, heartbreak, forgiveness and coming to terms with the past.
After a long, emotional day, Lily seeks refuge on the roof of a Boston apartment building. Today was her father's funeral, a man she hated, and Lily did something at his funeral that she is sure will cause problems between her and her mother. So she jumped on a plane after the funeral, and now she is mulling through her emotions quietly on the roof. Her reflections are interrupted when a man appears. Angry, he kicks a chair repeatedly before he realizes she is there. Surprisingly, after he settles down, Lily ends up having a meaningful conversation with Ryle. Unfortunately, Ryle is a busy neurosurgeon, who has no time for a relationship, so they part figuring they will never cross paths again. Then they do. What follows is a tale of love, emotion, heartbreak, forgiveness and coming to terms with the past. Will Lily find her happiness?
What I Loved:
- Colleen Hoover is one of those authors who is hit or miss with me. I know that her books always tackle tough issues, and that they are never easy to read, but luckily, this time around this one was a total win. In fact, I think she knocked it out of the park. I loved this book, and I think what made it more meaningful was because it was in part her story. Ms. Hoover includes an author's note at the end that explains the inspiration for this book, absolutely do not miss reading that note. This is another tale by Ms. Hoover that features her trademark ability to give you a love story that will make you laugh, cry as it tears your heart out and leaves your head spinning. Don't miss this one.
- One thing that I do love about Ms. Hoover's books is that she is never afraid to tackle the tough stuff. In this book, she takes on domestic abuse, and instead of the usual story of a girl getting beaten over and over, she gives us something different. I loved how she presented the abuse, it isn't always what you think, and sometimes it isn't so easy to walk away. This book made me think about domestic abuse in a whole new way.
- Lily was a character that a had so much love and respect for. I loved that you got a peek at Lily when she was fifteen, via her journals that were in an epistolary format. Lily wrote letters to Ellen DeGeneres, which I thought was so cute. Fast forward ten years, to Lily at twenty five. She is smart, driven and confident, and determined that she will never suffer abuse from a man like her mother did. Then when it happens to her, I was pleased to see her strength. I loved that she didn't falter in her resolve and that she made the right choices. It took incredible courage to do what she does, and I couldn't help but to admire her.
- The romance is one that I can't really speak too much on as I don't want to spoil it. It was a difficult romance, and I so appreciated how Ms. Hoover captured all the feelings. It is butterfly highs, pain, forgiveness and ongoing love. There is also a secondary romance that takes place in Lily's past, that I loved watching unfold through her journals. Needless to say, this book has all the romantic feels that you love and crave in a Hoover novel.
- In addition to domestic abuse, Ms. Hoover also challenges us to think about homelessness. With this story, she proves to us that not everyone on the street is there because of drug addiction, laziness or any other of the negative stereotypes that we associate with homelessness. This book forced me to rethink the homeless situation, and I hope that it does you too.
- I loved the inclusion of the secondary characters: Marshall and Elise. They were wonderful, and I liked how they made me laugh. I was surprised and pleased at Elise's actions after she found out the truth regarding Lily's situation. It made me love her even more. I want a best friend like Elise.
- The ending was heartbreaking, beautiful and happy all at the same time. I wish I could go into detail, but I won't. You need to read it for yourself. I loved it.
- Finally, I was thrilled to see that Ms. Hoover included resources at the end for those who might need help dealing with domestic abuse or homelessness. So often when I read an issue book like this, these vital resources aren't included. I loved seeing them at the end.
And The Not So Much:
- As much as I loved the ending, I felt a tiny bit cheated. I kept expecting what happened to happen earlier in the book, and then when it finally does, I wanted to take time to revel in that scene, but then the book ends. I wanted to see more of the happy part. I totally think this book needs a sequel.
- One aspect that I was tiny bit disappointed in was that there wasn't much on Lily and her mother. I wanted to explore their relationship better. I thought the scene where Lily tells her mother the truth about her situation was one of the most moving and powerful scenes in the book, and I wished that there was more with the two of them.
- I also wanted to know more about how Ryle was doing at the end. I had so many questions about him, that's why I think this book needs a sequel.
It Ends With Us is another winner from the amazing Colleen Hoover. This is a book that takes on some tough stuff, and it will force you to rethink homelessness and domestic abuse. This is a novel that will make you feel as you experience the highs of falling in love and the pain of heartbreak and disappointment. I can go on and on about this book but I won't. I know this book will be on my favorites list for 2016. I urge you to read this one.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.