EXCERPT: As I sit here with one foot on either side of the ledge, looking down from twelve storeys above the streets of Boston, I can’t help but think about suicide.
Not my own. I like my life enough to want to see it through.
I’m more focused on other people, and how they ultimately come to the decision to just end their own lives. Do they ever regret it? In the moment after letting go and the second before they make impact, there has to be a little bit of remorse in that brief free fall. Do they look at the ground as it rushes toward them and think, ‘Well crap, this was a bad idea.’
Somehow, I think not.
I think about death a lot. Particularly today, considering I just – twelve hours earlier – gave one of the most epic eulogies the people of Plethora, Maine, have ever witnessed. Okay, maybe it wasn’t the most epic. It very well could be considered the most disastrous. I guess that would depend on whether you were asking my mother or me. My mother, who probably won’t speak to me for a solid year after today.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up
— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
MY THOUGHTS: Before starting It Ends With Us, I was a Colleen Hoover virgin. ‘Where have you been?’ you ask. Well, the short answer is, I don’t read romance. Except for Susan Mallery, and now I am adding CoHo to my list. Because really, the romance isn’t the point of this book, it’s the vessel by which she delivers her message about domestic violence. You know – that thing about which we all say, ‘I’d never put up with that! Once would be one time too many. I’d be gone and I’d have his/her sorry arse in jail.’ Yes, that’s what we all say, but if that is actually what happens, the world would be a different place.
And Lily knows all about domestic violence. Her father had used her mother as his own personal punching bag for as long as Lily can remember. She hated her father for hurting her mother, she hated her mother for not leaving, and she hated herself for not being able to stop him.
So how does Lily end up in the same position? Read it and find out. Everyone, man and woman, should read It Ends With Us.
THE AUTHOR: International and #1 New York Times bestselling author of romance, YA, thriller and Women’s Fiction. And maybe a ghost story soon.
I don’t like to be confined to one genre. If you put me in a box, I’ll claw my way out.
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DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of It Ends With Us, written by Colleen Hoover, narrated by Olivia Song, and published by Simon & Schuster Audio, via Overdrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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