How to even start… If you want a different kind of book, one that opens your eyes to topics that are not really talked about, this is one of them. Beware there are some tough topics ahead.
I felt so tuned to this book. It spoke to me in ways that I didn’t think were possible. As a young woman, I always considered myself as strong and dependent on myself. As a daughter I was taught that no man should ever make me feel less than or have his way with me just because he wanted. So growing up I learned to try to love myself and never let a guy put me down. But also, I unconsciously looked down at women that were going through hard abusive relationships. Not because I thought myself better, but because my own mom went through a scenario in her life where she suffered of abuse and eventually she got out and so I thought “How can women still take these guys on if my own mother got out? If she could, they should be able to, too? Right?”. But knowing that from afar doesn’t mean you actually understand the way things are inside a relationship like that. My mom isn’t one to really talk in detail about her situation back then, so I guess I didn’t see it as such a hard thing to actually leave a man like that.
But then I read this book. And it tore at my heart as I realized how ignorant I was. This character, Lily, was a lot like me in a way. Seeing what she learns about her own mom and also learning from her own mistakes and her own relationship, made me understand the train of thought of many women, that to this day, live in abusive relationships.
This book taught me to be more empathetic, because we live in a world where everyone tears others apart. Women against women, men against men… We have lost our empathy towards situations that happen all around us, because “it’s not our problem”. And this isn’t about meddling on others, but to be aware and be kind, be helpful and show empathy towards those that are having a hard time.
So, here is what this book is about.
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
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
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