How do you repair a broken life?
Home is a dark place of anguish and pain for seventeen-year-old Bree Jacobs, forced to endure emotional and physical torment daily at the hands of a violently unstable mother. Bree’s only escape is high school, particularly her history class taught by young, handsome, kind and caring Axel Taylor. Mr. Taylor becomes Bree’s dearest friend, a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to cry on, and soon their shared affection grows into something greater. But by reaching out to protect her—to mend her breaks and soothe her wounds—Axel has crossed a dangerous line, resulting in two shattered lives instead of just one.
Six years later, they will meet again: Bree, still battling the demons that continue to possess her, and Axel, reduced to taking work as a substitute teacher wherever he can find it. Once again he will feel compelled to rescue her. But this time it will be different, because now the yearnings of a loving heart won’t be silenced by suspicious minds. And now there’s more than one life that desperately needs saving.
Review by Lorena
Another five star read from this author!!
This is the second book I read from this author and I have to say that she really knows how to make my emotions go all over the place with her books. I have to say that her writing really hits me right in the heart and her stories are so heartfelt and they hit me deep.
This story is about a girl who feels like she has no one in the world. Her dad abandoned her when she was only 11 years old and her mother never fails to tell her how much she regrets ever having her and always reminding her that she's a failure just like her father. Bree has done nothing but try and please her mother and just wants a little bit of love but she never gets anything other than reproaches and insults. Her mother has always verbally and physically abused Bree but Bree was always too scared to report her because she was an attorney and figured that she would just end up in a worse situation than she currently was at.
Until Bree met Mr. Taylor, the new history teacher in her school. Something about him drew her to him and actually opened up to him since she never had a "real" friend in her life. Mr. Taylor was the type of person who cared about people and the last thing he wanted to see was anyone get hurt physically or mentally and when he saw Bree one day with a bruised cheek, he knew he had to protect her and save her from whatever abusive relationship she was in, whether with a boyfriend or family member.
Bree and Mr. Taylor grew together and became the best of friends but in the process of this friendship, love started to blossom. Bree knew that it couldn't happen and so did Mr. Taylor but neither one wanted to end it nor take it a step further, so what do they do now?????
Apparently the inevitable happened and things got out of hand and Mr. Taylor ended up leaving the school without a word to Bree and just disappeared--just like thin air!
Six years later they run into each other and there are so many unanswered questions that they need to resolve. Bree has lived a good life and feels like she grew and has learned to spread her wings, while Mr. Taylor fell in a deep depression and was drowning in his sorrows throughout these six years. After they meet again, can they resolve their issues and forgive each other for misunderstandings that brought them to where they are now? Can they move forward and actually leave their past in the past and move forward? The main question is, can they make it work again?
This love story really had me in shambles and I have to say that Ms. Harper has a way with twisting my heart and then untwisting it. Her stories really evoke emotions in me that I thought I could never have because these stories are so touching and they are so worth reading. Because these types of situations happen in real life. Her stories find a way in my heart that I can't seem to get out and they stay with me for a long time. I sincerely love this story about a troubled teen and a teacher who has a passion for his students, one in particular of course ;)
If I could rate this higher than five stars....believe me I would give it more
About the Author
Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.
She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.
The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.
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