He was lost and alone. Then he found her. And the future seemed more fragile than ever. As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed. All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy… As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.
“I dreamed about the future because that’s what people persuade you to do when you’re a kid, but that’s the biggest lie of all – that you can plan. Reality is, you have no fucking clue what’s coming and neither do they.”
“Everyone isn’t logical. Everything doesn’t make sense in the end. Sometimes you have to forget about explanations or excuses and leave people and places behind, because otherwise they will drag you straight down.”
I almost stopped reading this after the first few pages when I realized it was an alternate perspective story. I didn't realize that it was possibly the same book I had just read with a few new details thrown in and was not a continuation of the series. I've read so many books similar to this that have paragraphs of dialogue verbatim from the previous and feels like such a waste of time. That being said...I'm glad I kept going.
This book exceeded my expectations and renewed my faith in alternate perspective books. It was brilliant. It felt like a completely different book and intertwined the love story from the previous book into his life story. The first book was great, but this book was amazing. I loved how it started the story with details of him growing up then alternated to his blooming love story featured in the previous novel. The flawless part was how well the two life stages developed and melded together towards the end. It created a deeper connection and love for these characters and the writing fluidity was beautiful. There was a harmony in the way this story was written that left me in awe.