Series: Elements #4
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Release date: 13 April 2017
Main characters: Lucille Palmer, free-spirited florist trying to keep her family together. Graham Russell, successful yet socially inept author, about to crash into Lucy’s world.
“Being around you does something strange to me, something that hasn’t happened in such a long time.”
“What happens?” He took my hand in his then led it to his chest, and his next words came out in a whisper. “My heart begins to beat again.”
Plot: When Lucy’s mother died, she told her to look after her sisters Mari and Lyric. Lucy took the request to heart and nursed her sister Mari back to health following a long illness and continued to reach out to Lyric, despite Lyric’s disdain for her and her cold nature. Despite a turbulent couple of years, Lucy and Mari are a good team and life finds some degree of normality. Until she meets Graham.
Graham Russell is a successful author. He enjoys a comfortable life without excessive emotions. His relationship with his wife is convenient and business-like. When she ups and leaves, Graham is left with a mountain of responsibility and a whole lot of emotions he isn’t able to cope with. His chance meeting with Lucy leads to a whole set of complications he could never have foreseen. His heart is locked up tight but Lucy may be the only one with the key…
Why you should read it: Oh my goodness. If my blurb above was a bit vague, it’s because I didn’t want to spoil anything for you. This story is so good and packed full of emotion and insight that I couldn’t really do it justice in the plot summary. How I loved these complex and spirited characters. Lucy is a saint! A good person through and through who puts up with a lot of crap from others because she loves them. Graham. Graham is tough – almost robotic when we first meet him. His reasons are more than valid and having his point of view really helps the reader understand his motivations and his experiences. His story is a sad one, but the possibility for a happier future keeps you rooting for him throughout.
What you may not like: There are some nasty characters in this book! Like, really horrible! I felt indignant on Lucy’s behalf. She shows kindness and gets kicked in the teeth repeatedly. I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall at times, but thankfully Brittainy doesn’t drag out the hard times. She always gives her characters some trials before getting to the ‘good stuff’.
Rating: 5/5 for a very sensitive, heart wrenching and intelligent read. I loved it and it made me want to punch somebody and hug somebody in equal measure! And my God, that cover *bites fist.*