Release Date: July 18, 2019
whole world. Then she vanished. Without a trace. I didn’t know how to move on
without her, but I knew in my heart I’d never let her go—I’d wait for her
eight years of my life.
constant. And now I’m stuck in the past, trying to figure out if we can find
our way back to each other.
Ella Blue and Leo are high school sweethearts who have grown up together and have loved each other basically their entire lives. On the night of Ella Blue’s 17th birthday, she and Leo are celebrating together when he is arrested without cause. She appeals to her father, who sends Ella Blue to an all-girls boarding school in Florida and threatens Leo if she ever contacts him again.
Eight years later, she is in a band and has a concert in her old hometown. Leo is shocked to see Ella Blue on stage, but she leaves before he can get to her. She disappears and turns up two days later disoriented and with amnesia. Her last memory is her 17th birthday with Leo eight years ago. Together they try to work out what happened to her and piece together not only that night but the previous eight years of her life.
This book was pretty good, but I had mixed feelings reading it. In the beginning, since Ella’s first instinct is to go to her father for help, we assume they have a good relationship. However we’re blindsided by the cold tyrant he really is. There is no backstory of her family life at all. The main story of the book is perfectly frustrating, in that it’s not easy to figure out what happened to Ella Blue the night of the concert. However, at 85% in we still don’t know and I was starting to think this was a duet and I had missed that information. The story gets wrapped up fairly quickly, though, and there is still room for an epilogue in that last 15% of the book. We still have the unanswered question of what happened initially in Ella Blue’s relationship with her parents to go from loving and happy to the tyrant and the puppet against their daughter.
Overall, a good story but the ending seems rushed.
in Northern Louisiana. She spends her days working as a Nurse Practitioner in
rural health and her nights reading, writing, and occasionally sleeping.