Review | Never The Same by Bess Richards

Never the Same

 

Title: Never the same
Author: Bess Richards
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Publishing date: 11th September, 2014
My Rating: 5/5 stars  

 

 

*Ebook received from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

The differences between all-American midwest farm kid, Briggs Sullivan, and silver-spooned city slicker, Lucy Cartwright, are undeniable, but when they meet in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, the attraction between them is instantaneous. As they delve into a long-distance romance, Lucy’s haunted past underscored by a depressed, absent mother and a workaholic father with a huge secret, seems, for the first time, alleviated. But, just nine months after their first meeting, September 11, 2001 comes along, derailing in every way Briggs and Lucy’s plan for happily ever after.

Laugh, cry, and fall in love with these characters as they tell a powerful story about love and family amidst the all too real, yet unimaginable circumstances of terrorism, war, illness, and separation. By novel’s end, you’ll see the mess within the picture perfect, high-values Sullivan family, and the love you weren’t sure existed among the dysfunctional, despondent Cartwrights.


My Take:

Where do I even start with this book? Once in a while there comes a book that just blows your mind, shakes all your emotions and leaves you feeling helpless and thankful for the life you have. No matter how many problems you are facing right now, no matter how much miserable you think your life is but we got to admit whatever it is, it is better than millions of people out there.

This book was just beautiful. ❤ There are no words that can define the beauty of books like this. Books that take real issues and spin it in the most intricate pattern of truth within fictional stories, books that touch your heart and make it weep for the people’s losses – both fictional and real, books that make all your worries look small, books that just shows what we have and how much thankful we should be. 😀

“Never the same”, I wanted to complete reading this book because there was a deadline for reviewing and I wanted to meet the deadline but as soon as I started out with this book, it just drew me in. The writing style is so practically simple that you don’t even have to try to remember all the people in the book. The story presents itself in a way that is difficult not to capture your attention.

My usual problem with books is remembering the number of characters and their stories but with this book there was no such struggle. Even as I type this review, which is less of a review and more of my uncontrollable emotions flowing out, I perfectly remember each and every character from the book and their personalities which doesn’t happen often with me. (I have a bad memory. 😛 )

Every character’s point to view is as clear as a crystal and gives you an insight in everybody’s thought and presents the main characters in a fresh light. The pain, the heartbreak, the love, every emotion as alive as it could be. It started out as a sweet romantic novel which hinted a mystery in Lucy’s life but unexpectedly turned into an emotional book. As it first mentioned 9/11 my heart broke, I felt a lump rise in my throat and silently wished for the characters to be okay.

As the story started progressing, the process of searching for the loved one’s, the deaths, the lucky escapes everything started setting my tear glands to work. I felt tears pricking at my back of my eye as Lucy cried over the death of her father and Brigg’s stood there in support.

This is a story of incredible strength a person can show for their loved ones, the sacrifices our soldiers make for us, the reasons men and women choose to risk their lives for others and the struggles of the soldier’s families. Love and hope is what gets people through, in times like these.

My heart went out to each and every character in the book, the little insights in their lives made you feel like you have known them forever and made you understand their motives behind things you might not have understood otherwise.

The prologue and epilogue is the tale recited by the family home and the epilogue finally made my tears fall, that have been threatening to, since the middle of the book. I finally cried for the characters and with the characters.

The writing is so simple, so beautiful and so heart warming that I couldn’t help writing this emotions filled post rather than what is considered a typical review. The only thing I regret is using another reader than I usually use. Because there were so many beautiful quotes in the book that was worth sharing with you guys and I highlighted it all but my stupid reader lost all of them and I am left with only two, this made me puff with anger and sadness that I couldn’t share something so beautiful with you guys. I hope you all read it at some point of your life and understand where I am coming from when I say this book is nothing short of a masterpiece for me.

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Screenshot_2015-09-08-09-17-30-1This quote is something I completely agree with. I have always been excited of the scars on my body, which are nowhere near the people who have got them doing something meaningful but the scars give you story to tell, they are the memories etched onto your body, good or bad they thought you something and gave you something to smile about.

I don’t usually pay so much attention to the author’s note but this time I did and the note was as simple as the whole book but somewhere answered the question I had for the author. When I cried, I decided that if I ever get a chance I will ask the author, for sure, where she got the inspiration to write this book and voila, here, she answered it.

Like working on this project was emotionally draining and satisfying in a way for her, it was the same with reading the book for me. I hope she can give me and many of her readers more meaningful stories like this one. The one that touches your heart and stays with you for a long time. I haven’t read a book like this in a long time and I am happy with my decision of trying out this book. 😀

Laugh, cry, and fall in love with these characters as they tell a powerful story about love and family amidst the all too real, yet unimaginable circumstances of terrorism, war, illness, and separation. By novel’s end, you’ll see the mess within the picture perfect, high-values Sullivan family, and the love you weren’t sure existed among the dysfunctional, despondent Cartwrights.

What was said in the closing paragraph of the synopsis is what summarizes the feels with this book. 😉


 Why would I pick it up?

Why wouldn’t I? I don’t think you would need a reason after reading about me going ballistic over the book. 😛 Such beautiful heartwarming stories don’t need a reason to be shared. 😀 ❤

 

 

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