Taylor Jenkins Reid – 4/5 Stars
Read this if you:
· have loved & lost
· can handle heartbreak
· are okay with never being able to look at Fruity Pebbles again
When Elsie Porter heads out to pick up a pizza on New Year’s Day, she thinks she is only saving herself on the delivery but she is actually setting herself up for a chance encounter with Ben Ross, the man she will fall in love with and marry only months later. When Ben is killed in a terrible accident only 9 days after they’ve become husband and wife, Elsie must face life without him and learns to heal with the help of Susan, the mother-in-law she has just met.
My thoughts on the book:
Major spoilers here – if you want to go into this book completely blind (and I recommend you do), skip this review!
This book had me crying from page one. Though the relationship between Ben and Elsie is still new to the reader when he dies, the love between them is so obvious that the loss is heartbreaking. Maybe I saw a lot of me and my husband in them and I took this one way too personally.
Watching Elsie grow and move on from this huge loss was tough but I felt as though she was someone I knew personally and I was so proud of her as she pushed through the tragedy. At first, Ben’s mom was the WOAT but watching her become a mentor for Elsie was sweet and I felt as though her guidance is what really turned everything around in this story. I really enjoyed how this was written, flipping back and forth from Elsie and Ben’s love story to Elsie & Susan’s journey of healing.
Highly recommend this one to anyone who needs a reminder to hold their loved ones a little tighter and be thankful for their significant other who risk their lives for some Fruity Pebbles.