Even before she graduated from law school, Mary Whitney knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.
My Review –
I never read the synopsis to this story so I literally went in blind having no idea what this story is about or where it might go. In the final chapters I found myself with tears in my eyes and a hard lump in my throat.
So it begins the prologue, the year 1998, you meet Nicki who decides to Google her ex boyfriend Adam.
“The page took forever to load, and when it finally appeared, my heart sank. There was a photo of Adam….”
After a conversation with her best friend Nicki is left asking the question….
“Did I still love Adam? Of course. How could I not?”
The book then rewinds to the year 1992, where Nicki and Adam are in school together. After a hearting breaking, life changing summer break Nicki finds a friend and eventually unexpected love with British born Adam.
“Adam had moved to Bellaire from England last spring, I swooned over the cute British guy just like every other girl.”
After a few typical high school dramas, which involve lack of communication and the ‘other girl’ Nicki and Adam eventually get together and fall in love. Adam helps Nicki through the tough time she is going through.
“You’ve been here for me for so much. You’ve been there when I needed you most. I couldn’t have gotten through it with out you.”
The thing that tore at my heart is they fall in love but Adam has to leave so they have to start facing their fears that they can’t be together.
“Nicki, will we ever speak to each other again?”
“I…don’t know.” ~ Nicki
“But what if…what if I was thirty-five and still single? Could I contact you?” ~ Adam
Young love fighting for hope that one day they may be reunited just reminded me of how passionate teenagers can be, how true love could conquer all. The whole time I wanted something to change in their circumstances that would keep them together. Until the last two pages of the final chapter I read this…
“I’m not saying goodbye. I love you too much to say that.” ~ Adam
“I’ll always love you, Adam. Remember that.”
Just like that Adam was gone and I felt bereft, how could this happen, seriously? I felt like the author was kicking me in my broken heart.
Then came the epilogue, oh my, the epilogue had me grinning and bouncing in my seat. It’s the year 2009, after nearly 16 years their paths cross; they see each other, have things changed? Do they still love one another? Will they reunite?
“A shy smile crossed her face, and without a word, she turned back around and quickly exited the room.”
“Is she happy to see me?….I couldn’t tell, but I didn’t care. Nicki still felt something, and that alone was enough.”
This book at times had me asking where is this story going? It was cute and romantic and I couldn’t see no huge ‘explosion’ waiting to bring everything down which in ways I found refreshing. I wanted to turn the page, to see what was gong to happen. Although you know deep down where it’s heading, Adam leaves.
In the end reading that epilogue you know their story is far from over. In ways it’s just the beginning. This book reminds me of how I felt about the first Twilight book (which is a good thing, just don’t let my comparison put you off it) its about getting to know the characters how they become who they are and what path they are on and where they are heading but I just know the sequel is going to be where the ‘juice’ is for me.
Bring on Disclosure of the Heart…
4 out of 5 Stars