- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: Notion Press, Inc.; 1 edition (9 February 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1946641170
- ISBN-13: 978-1946641175
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,85,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Way Back Into Love Paperback – Import, 9 Feb 2017
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As a person who does not believe in love at first sight and not a fan of modern day insta-love, this book feeds to my belief system quite a bit. I really believe that you need to really know a person in order to be able to love them truly and deeply. And who knows you better than your long term best friend? Emily and Derek share a bond that has been built of trust and friendship over the years and as such it is easy to believe in their love and in them. There were certain points in the story when I literally wanted to nudge them to drop their inhibitions and come clear. The author has put quite an effort into building the characters to their full strengths and weaknesses.
The plot is pretty predictable but it the author attention to narrating her story that keeps a reader hooked to the pages. The different relationships in the book also manage to keep your interest. What I would have loved to see more of in the book is depth to some of the side characters. The support system that the protagonists have can often help a reader to connect to the protagonists even more and that was lacking in the book. Overall, as a debut novel, this is a job well done. I hope to see the author, her characters and depth of the plots only grow with her books.
Emily Stevens and Derek Thorpe (yes, Derek) have been best friends since childhood and it is blindingly obvious to the reader that they are both madly in love with each other. Of course, neither is sure of the other’s feelings even though they have no trouble in understanding every other innermost desire of their friend. After a drunken night and a busload of misunderstandings, Emily leaves California for Boston, heartbroken. Five years later, she returns to do her internship at the hospital where her parents are big-shots, carve an identity of her own and face Derek again. Derek, in the meantime, is engaged to Emily’s bitchy half-sister, Emma, and there seems to be no love lost between them. The big question is: Will Emily and Derek find their way back into love with each other?
To clarify, I don’t think it’s wrong at all to want the characters you create to resemble the characters you love. Hell, if I ever publish a book, I will strive to ensure that my hero is a mixture of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rhett Butler, Chuck Bass and any Nora Roberts male protagonist. But when the similarities also extend to the family structure (Derek grew up in all-female household), the backstory (Emily’s mother is an accomplished surgeon but a cold mother), the secondary characters (Renee resembling Cristina and the nerdy guy contracting syphilis from a nurse) and an instance where Derek’s womanizing best friend, Carter, is accidentally referred to as Mark, it all becomes a bit too much. In addition, I found the banter between the protagonists very juvenile considering the fact they are surgical interns. The shifting POVs in the midst of the plot and the unconventional story structure that seemed to go on and on after what I thought should have been the Happily Ever After made this a very difficult read for me to like.
I would like to end my post by saying that I don’t hate the book. Despite its many shortcomings, I saw some potential in Ms Thatcher’s writing, especially in the moments when Derek and Emily are finding their way back to each other. I wish her all the best for her future.
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By: Veronica Thatcher
5 out of 5 stars
The story A Way Back Into Love by Veronica Thatcher is a contemporary romance book. This is a beautiful love story that had my emotions going up and down just like a rollercoaster. I found myself lost in the story and not wanting to put it down until I finished. It is the first book by the author and I can’t wait for her to write more. The storyline is first rate and I liked the way she switched from the present day to flashbacks to explain events. The characters are amazing and well written. This is the story of Emily Stevens and Derek Thorpe. They have been best friends since they were little and they have always been there for each other. There doesn’t seem to be anything that would keep these two apart, until there was. Feelings unspoken, secrets that are kept, and not communicating cause a rift that leads to actions that hurt both of them. Now Emily has returned to her hometown. What will she find?
I really loved the character of Emily. She is someone who even though she was in pain pushed through and graduated college. She has a promising career ahead of her. With that being said she also has so many unresolved feelings that still cause her pain. These feelings only seem larger when she returns home to start her internship. She doesn’t have a very good relationship with her mother and her half-sister and that causes division in her family and disagreements happen quite often. Emily is careful about making waves however this causes more problems for her as her true feelings don’t come out. I found myself relating to Emily. As the story progresses, you can tell that Emily is fighting her feelings for Derek. It is frustrating to read and I wondered if she would ever admit to her feelings or if she would run as she did before. Will Emily finally admit to Derek her true feelings for him? What would Derek’s reaction be?
Derek is also someone who has been through a lot of pain in his life and Emily was the one he could always depend on. Then she left. She didn’t tell him why and he always has that question in the back of his mind. With Emily now back will Derek finally get an answer? Derek doesn’t seem to be happy with his life. He has made decisions that I found quite confusing. You can tell by his actions that Derek is still madly in love with Emily and an uneasy silence sometimes comes between them. What does the future hold for both Derek and Emily? Read this book to find out. This book does include adult situations which would make this a story for a mature reader.
4 star review
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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.
Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college woman who comes to realize that she has fallen for her best friend of fifteen years. When she is convinced that she is ready to confess to him her feelings, something happens that will change her life forever. Now, we at five years later and she finds herself alone and heartbroken. What will happen when she returns home? When she comes face to face with her past, will she run? Will she ever heal from her past?
Derek Thorpe has known her since they first met in kindergarten. They have been inseparable until that one night when she runs away. Five years later she is back. What will happen when she finds out who she is engaged to? Will he be able to fall back into their friendship? Does he even know what he wants?
Emily and Derek's relationship is one that has started out a friendship and grows into something more. They both have secrets but will happen when they finally start confessing to each other? Coming back, she has no idea what she is walking into but when she reaches a boiling point, what will happen to them? Their friendship grows stronger then ever but will their bond be broken? They are both strong characters that have been hurt in some type of way. She is broken and in need of just letting herself heal but can she do that without the truth? He hot, sexy but confused on what he is suppose to do. When it comes time to decide will he be able to make a choice? Secrets are meant to be set free but is anyone ready for the consciences? These characters are really well developed and make the story flow together. The secondary characters add just enough to the story to make it feel more real. They are all sweet together and they really do grow together throughout the story. Find out what happens to these characters as they go on a journey in seek of honesty and being true to themselves.
This is my first story by Veronica Thatcher and I can't wait to see what she has coming for us next. Veronica has always found that she can express herself better in written words then spoken ones. She loves reading just as much as she loves writing. When she is not studying, reading or writing you can find her singing and dancing to her favorite music. You will fall in love with the characters in this book. It is a fast paced story that will keep you reading until the end. I had a hard time putting it down. This story will keep you engaged until the end, you will just need to see what happens at the end. I highly recommend this story as I know you will want to see what happens when best friends become more, will they find their HEA?