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WOW how do I begin to tell you about this wonderful book. I sit here struggling to write this review thinking how I could possibly do justice to this beautiful story.....to L.b. Simmons' amazing, electrifying, soothing, heartfelt words. I am trying to articulate my thoughts carefully as I do not want to give anything away because everyone has to experience this read first hand and without any interrupted ideas or descriptions of the story. I don't want to recite everything that went on because really there is no need.....quite simply you just have to read this to go on Cassie's difficult yet beautiful journey of finding her true self.
We first see Cassie, Cassandra, in Under the Influence, L.b. Simmons other amazing book. She is feisty, full of life, the happy go lucky friend to Spencer....or so we thought. She has a past, a secret that many do not know about not even her best friend Spencer. She has had a troubled childhood since 8 years old and has been "pretending" on living a fulfilled, adventurous life up until now.....now that her "past" is catching up to her and taking over her "present". Her present now involves the oh so lovable Grady Bennett....OMG what a gentle, fun loving, sexy, caring and thoughtful man. He is the hot, gorgeous police officer who sees right through Cassie or knows that she has been "broken" in some way. He wants to see her smile and wants to help her "be there with him" together. He understands her as he had his own difficult struggles that he worked through. He tried to hug her, laugh with her, do many exciting things with her, he tried to love her and love her he did....but....would that be enough for her to forget her past and concentrate on a future with Grady?? This is where this touching beautiful story unfolds......the soul searching that Cassie has to embark on to find her true self and her true self worth. Her life was broken, fuzzy,"out of focus" but could she see the light finally brightening her life with her lover, her friends and her family??? This is Cassie's life altering journey that no one should miss because in the end we will all find our own self worth and our inner selves.
This book did things to my heart....tugged at it, warmed it, touched it and at times hurt it. So many emotions came out and so many "feels".... happiness, sadness, anger, devastating, painful things yet beautiful, joyful emotions that touched my heart. You will feel the love of a beautiful friendship with Cassie and Spencer, love of a beautiful relationship between Grady and Cassie, the love of family and at the same time the hurt of family. You will feel and walk away learning about strength, courage, determination, commitment and love and devotion all around.
It is difficult to rate this book because simply it is beyond five stars. It is deserving of many, many shining stars because what L.b. Simmons did with this story is beyond a beautiful read.....it is soul searching into one's life and how to always make it better. I highly, highly recommend this book....everyone has to read this. I have LOVED all her books and this obviously is no exception. She has a true talent, a true gift in relaying a heartfelt story and making the characters come alive to the point that we feel for them, hope for them, route for them and love them like they are our true friends and family. Her writing is exceptional and her words are beyond magical. I am so proud of this book and so so proud of L.b. Simmons for always writing from the heart. She is a beautiful person inside and out and this shines through in all her amazing stories. Thank you L.b. for gifting us with another beautiful read that I will always hold near and dear to my heart. Love you....times two....always!!!! <3