A Way Back Into Love Paperback – 2017
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love... Well, that complicates everything. When you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned!
Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life is turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? What will she find when she returns home... to the man she left behind?
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4 star review
Read and reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books blog.
After I read the synopsis for this book I was eager to start it and whilst I enjoyed it on the whole it was pretty flat in some places. It definitely picked up around the 60% in point and that’s what pulled this book from a 3 to a 4 star.
I liked the main characters and the struggle between them felt real and genuine but I did find them somewhat frustrating and immature at times. I thought the storyline was good and had a lot of potential but I think maybe because it was written in the third person and from multiple POV’s it got a little bit confusing as to who you were reading about. I liked the flashbacks as it explained their relationship in more detail and how they got to be where they were today but it wasn’t always clear until you started reading the time in which you were going back to. The mix of past and present worked well for this story.
There were some nice twists in the story which made it less predictable than I anticipated and as I said previously I liked the characters. Emily was genuinely a nice person desperately trying to move on from the fact she’s been in love with her best friend Derek since she was 6 years old. I liked their relationship and the fact that they were so obviously in love with each other but also trying to stay away so as to not hurt each even more than they have been already.
If you are a fan of friends to lovers’ books then you will enjoy this story – just be prepared to stick it out because the ending is so much better than the beginning.
For a debut novel I think that the author did a really good job and I will be looking forward to reading more of her books in the future.
My other concern was the dialect. I was a little confused my some of the conversations and had to read them a couple of times and at times I thought maybe it was a typo until I would see that the other character would repeat the same line the exact say way. I know she flew to Boston to go to medical school, but where did these people live to speak the way that they did? Just a little confusing for me. Not a deal breaker though.
However, besides my dislike of these characters, they were very well written and disfunctionally well developed in their own way. I think that I finally started liking them right at the end of the book.
It is a gripping story that will grab you and drag you through the two characters lives and you will not want to let go, because you have to know what happened to them. Excellent storyline even though the characters were a bit immature, in my opinion.
For me five stars just wasn't enough to but it was the most I had to give this novel. I feel in love with it from Chapter one. The story of a young woman who fell in love with her guy best friend. Only to have her heart broken. Come on how many of us have been there. I know I have. I was able to relate to how Emily felt.
Emily returns home after graduation med school to begin her internship and her career as a doctor. She is excited to finally be returning home after a long five years. But returning home means she has to gave him. Him, being her best friend since they we six, Derek. She must over come her heartache now to work with him.
There are a few twist that I have to say I wasn't expecting. One being that not only is this a romance about two best friends finding their way back to each other, it is also the story of Emily's family.
You will find that there are a lot of memories in this book. It jumps from the present to the past frequently. I have to say though I was able to follow it quite easily. You could always tell what was now and what was a character thinking of the past.
While I adored the story, this is way I gave it five starts, I did find a few things that threw me off a little. This being an arc copy I tried to move past some of them. One thing I did notice was the lay out of some of the pages were a little off. The sentences did not always reach to the end of the page and cut off words. Another was the at the start of chapters capital letters would be in the middle of words and some times the whole first sentence was in caps. And one final thing was it was a little confusing at times when both Emily and her sister Emma were called Em. I had to go back a few times she see who the person would be talking to.
This was a great story of two best friends and their journey not only back to each other but into love.
Things I like:
I like the individual characters. Emily is a young successful woman. She has worked very hard to get to where she is at. After graduating medical school, she is now a surgical intern. She is working hard to get on her own two feet, to not need the financial support of her family and to now be in their shadow. She loves her family very much. Although it is not public knowledge, Emily loves her best friend Derek.
Derek has also worked extremely hard to graduate medical school is is a surgical intern. He adores his mother and three sisters and his best friend Emily. Although it has not been announced, he loves his best friend Emily.
After 5 years in Boston Emily is going home to Fresno to start her internship. What will she find when she gets there?
Things I don’t like:
The author is originally from Yorkshire. This book takes place in the United States. The book is written in a Yorkshire dialect. While it is completely understandable to write in the same way you speak, the language is not true to the characters.
As far as Taboo books go, I don’t have a problem with them, but this has a taboo subject. It makes for some very ackward and tense scenes. If the taboo part of the book was taken out, but the rest of the plot stayed the same, I think I would have found it a lot more enjoyable. I hate to say something like this and not explain, but I don’t want to post spoilers.
I don’t mean for this review to sound like a bashing. That is not the way I intended it at all. I am just stating what I did and did not like about the book. For those who like second chance romance and taboo romance books, I think you would enjoy this.
Review for Mommy’s Naughty Playground.
“Second Chance romance, 4 stars”
A Way Back Into Love is exactly what it sounds like, two people finding the way back to each other. I enjoyed the story but man did I want to strangle both of the main characters.
Emily has been in love with Derek since she was a little girl. Finally during college she thinks everything is going to come to light, she’ll get the happily ever after shes always wanted with Derek. But one drunken night changes everything causing her to run. Will Emily always run away from fate or will she finally stand her ground and get what she’s always wanted.
There has only ever been one woman for Derek and when she walks away without any reason he finds himself drowning. Then he starts to piece back together with the help of someone tied to Emily. Which pushes Derek and Emily further apart.
When Emily comes home everything starts to change. Old hurts come to light, friendships are rebuilt, and fragile relationships will shatter. I truly liked Emily and Derek but I wanted to beat them into speeding up. I loved some secondary characters like their friends and Emily’s dad Paxton, but hated Emily’s mother and sister. All in all it was a good read.
Here are a few quotes that stuck to me;
“We always think that the sorrow and pain will never end, that we will be stuck in a bad place forever, but we always do reach a better place.”
“Face your troubles, Derek. Then, they won’t seem as scary anymore . Stay true to your heart.”
Writing style- 3/5