From the first page, this book brings you into the emotions and attachments felt by our characters and it keeps its hold all the way through. Jared and Madison are magnets drawn to each other, unable to resist the pull. Christopher is the central point that brings them together, and so many aspects of him lead to the many peaks and valleys of this roller coaster ride.
These characters feel so relatable and flawed and natural and beautiful. We have so many people throughout our lives that trigger these same emotions and desires and moments – they feel like home, like our own lives. Jared and Madison have so much chemistry, and yet are so afraid to explore it. Christopher is suffering dementia and his happiness is so bright when he is happy that it is blinding. This book brought me to tears multiple times – throughout so many interwoven aspects. Healthcare needs and the health of our loved ones, the ways it can affect how we treat others, the way it can feed into fears of needing and loving someone, the ways our parents can make us feel, even as grown adults with thoroughly chaotic lives of our own. It could have been almost any of our stories, but told so much more beautifully than I think we would have remembered our experiences.
I’m looking forward to going back through the first 2 books of this series to see what ties together and what is standalone, but I didn’t really feel like I was missing anything reading this as a standalone. I think I found a new favorite author!