Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc.
Published: July 2018
Eliza and Parker grew up together in a sister-brother relationship. They tease, mock, fight, and have fun together. It's not until they are both grown up and thrown back together that other feelings start to develop or they are being recognized. I just wish they'd realized this way sooner in the novel. I almost felt cheated that it took so long and we don't see this part until the last few chapters. I wanted more of them being lovers not bickering friends.
Eliza is rich, beautiful, and everything has always gone her way. Some people think she is a snob and self centered. I don't agree 100% with this assessment. I think her heart was usually in the right place, but she didn't know how to carry out her good intentions so as not to offend others or cause problems. Parker seems like the perfect man, but I was really annoyed how he always was cutting Eliza down. If he'd only set her down earlier and had a non-judgmental heart to heart a lot of the problems they had would have been avoided. Granted there wouldn't have been much in the story, but I felt so many times he felt superior to Eliza and made her feel bad. Yes, Eliza with her matchmaking skills and wanting to "help" everyone sometimes just made things worse.
Other characters I really loved in the story are Eliza's sweet father. Eliza's dad is not well and she's stayed at home to take care of him. He gives her a lot of love and stability though and that's why I liked him. I also liked her best friend Taylor who is a true friend. I felt bad many times for many of the characters who wanted to just be loved but they'd fallen in love with the wrong person. It's called life and this novel is very realistic.
This novel is for those who like flawed characters who struggle, but in the long run find the right answers and the right person. Just know, the romance for our main character doesn't come easy throughout the book and you won't be seeing instant romance. The book is good for older teens and adults.
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