Michelle's 4 star review of
WITH ONE WORD by Olivia Blake
Ever since my dad walked out, life has been hell. My mother is an alcoholic whore who ruined high school for me and is making things even worse for my little sister, Willow. Every guy I’ve ever gone out with has only been after one thing, thanks to Mom’s reputation, and my only real friend has moved halfway across the country to go to college. The only person left who seems to care about me at all is my best friend’s dad, Grant. And now I'm afraid I’m starting to care about him just a little more than I should. Over the years women have moved in and out of his life, but none of them ever lasted for long. I’ve always wondered if he's been waiting for the right woman to come along. Only what if she’s already here, and she just needed a chance to grow up? And what if he’s finally noticed that she has?
There was something in his look that left me both warm and shivery at the same time, something a little scary and a little exciting.
When my wife and son died in a plane crash nine years ago, Holly was the one who dragged my daughter, Trish, and then me back to the world of the living. Her sweet, outgoing personality won us both over, and she and Trish have been inseparable ever since. It kills me to see what she’s had to endure after her father abandoned their family and her mother went to pieces, but Holly refuses to give up. Every single day she continues to struggle, both to keep going herself and to hold her little sister’s head above water. She’s the bravest person I’ve ever met. But sometime, when I wasn’t paying attention, that girl grew up into a woman. I know she’s my daughter’s best friend and only half my age, but while I’m fighting it as hard as I can, it doesn’t seem to matter.
Desire simmered in my blood as for the first time I truly saw Holly for the woman she’d become, rather than as the girl she’d always been.
Warning: This novel contains strong themes of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse (though *not* between the main characters). If these topics and situations disturb you, this book is probably not for you.
I really enjoyed this book. At first I didn't know if I was going to like it or not. It took me awhile to really get into the story, but I am so glad that I kept reading. Some of it seemed like it was unnecessary but the more I read I understood that it was all required to make the story complete. It was all worth it in the end. A great story of heartbreak, struggle, and true love.
Well worth my time and I would recommend it to others.
I rate this book 4 stars.
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