Book: Eleanor & Grey
Author: Brittainy C Cherry
Series: a standalone
Release date: 8 April 2019
Main characters: Eleanor Gable, the odd girl, the misfit in school who caught Greyson East’s eye. Grey East – the boy with it all, seemingly.
Plot: Back in high school, Eleanor did everything she could to slip under the radar. She had her books and they were better friends than any popular crowd could ever be. She had a solid family, a great cousin and that was pretty much all she needed. Enter Greyson East. The all-American boy with popularity and good looks. Ellie doesn’t think someone like that could possibly have any problems in life whatsoever. The deeper she digs (despite herself) the more she learns about Grey. He’s a sensitive and kind soul who gets her and wants to get to know more about her.
Flash forward 15 years, and unique circumstances once again puts Greyson in Eleanor’s orbit – this time as nanny to his children. The carefree, fun-loving boy is gone and in his place stands a shattered, closed off human being who has no interest in revisiting their past. Eleanor must reconcile the present Greyson and accept that past Grey may be gone, this time forever. Unless she can make him care enough to fight his demons and come back to life. A tall order if ever there was one…
Why you should read it: Brittainy C Cherry fans won’t need me to tell them to read this. She’s an insanely talented writer and she taps into universal human experiences like no other. Eleanor & Grey made me smile and laugh and cry and cry and cry some more! It is full of pathos, with a very sad yet uplifting sentiment. I really enjoyed the evolving characterisations of the main characters – their younger selves preceding their more complicated, adult selves. It was a steadily paced story, full of issues to be resolved. Ellie was an outstanding heroine – loyal and patient and so good it was hard to see her constantly rebuffed and shot down. Greyson’s life had it’s ups and downs too – he goes from idealistic and gentle to shut down and distant. It was quite a transformation and the reader understands why, which makes it hard to dislike him. His pain is palpable. This story doesn’t take the simple route to its HEA – there’s a lot to be ironed out before getting to the resolution – I won’t say anymore than that!
What you may not like: There was very little I couldn’t get on board with in this story – it gave me all the feels – the characters were varied and nuanced and really relatable. The children were well characterised and felt authentic. My only comment is that the ending was a little too sweet for my sensibilities – I can’t go into detail, but it’s a growing trend in romance with blended families I’m seeing and it’s not my cup of tea.
Rating: 4/5 for a truly outstanding read – stick with it through the sad times as you will be rewarded!