Eleanor & Grey, an all-new beautiful and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is available now!
Greyson East left his mark on me.
As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.
Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.
When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.
I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.
The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.
When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only.
He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.
But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.
I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.
Warning: Book hangover ahead!
This is one of the books that stays in your head long after reading.
Eleanor and Greyson met as teenagers; she was 16 and he was 17. Their home lives were opposite, but they had one thing in common: a family member with cancer. They began a friendship, planning an adventure each week so that for just a few hours a week Ellie was not thinking about her mother’s illness. Even after Ellie’s parents decided to move to Florida so her mom could experience the ocean before it was too late, their bond remained strong. Eventually their lives moved on and they lost touch. Years later, Ellie has moved back to their hometown and is roommates with her cousin Shay. She works as a nanny and when she is no longer needed with the family she’s been with, the mother tells her she’s recommended her to another family who needs a nanny. Ellie goes to the interview, not knowing the children are Greyson’s and his wife had died.
This is an emotional, intense book. I read the final chapters at work on my lunch break and was seriously needing tissues. This was a beautiful story of healing. Eleanor is exactly what Greyson and his daughters, 14 year old Karla and 6 year old Lorelei, need to find their way back to each other and begin to heal instead of hiding away in their pain.
I highlighted so much in this book. Some of my favorites:
Something should’ve been said about the people who showed up for the depressed souls. They never received enough credit for being brave enough to stay.
Love wasn’t only real because people said it out loud. No, love just kind of sat their quietly, in the shadows of the night, healing the cracks that lived on our heart.
There is so much I could say about this book. In fact, I have a whole page full of notes from reading this story. But to put it all here would delve into spoiler territory, and I don’t want to do that. This is a book that needs to be experienced. It is a story of friendship, and being there, of loss and hope and healing. It’s the story of a family learning how to be a family again.
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Author Brittainy C. Cherry is an Amazon #1 bestselling author.
She has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.
Her novels have been published in 18+ countries around the world. Brittainy lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her fur babies.
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