I have read the whole series. Would have preferred the story to stretch a bit, although this is book 6 in the series and anyone who had read all would know the references, still I just thought the storyline finished quickly than what I would have liked.
'Eight' was my first book by E S Carter and what a narrative! After being in a reading funk, I happened upon Eli's 'Eight'. Admittedly, I was taken by the gorgeous cover (a trivial reason to choose a book, I know, and certainly not a promise of a good read). The blurb sounded interesting, too (again, not a sure thing). However, 'Eight' grabbed me from the start in so many ways. Eli, a natural story-teller, was able to connect me with all the fantastic characters immediately. I took them to my heart easily and felt empathy for each one. While the plot was a reasonably simple one, it was effective, deep and emotional. Eli created vivid imagery via her love of, and clever use of words. I felt so immersed, that it actually seemed like I was witnessing, 'Eight', the story. Being able to capture and express the pain of grief so tragically, yet realistically, is a real talent. The setting and tone changed at around 25% as Halle entered the narrative and she brought an unexpected force and a unique means of communication. She was a sassy person, but crushed and she no longer dared to dream. The story up till then, showed Josh who came alive when he met his soulmate, Laura. Later, he would be left to consider, how do you go on when you are gutted, tortured and half of you seems as though it has been cut away? The answer? You take a risk and make a significant change. At that point in time, the book took on a different feel, adding more layers: humour, hope, honesty and courage as well as confrontations and challenges. With her own issues, Halle had to ask herself, could she handle Josh's rigorous 'baggage'? (Because, while the plot wasn't complex, Josh was!) The secondary characters added richly to the book - Josh's family in particular. Ivy, his daughter, was a delight and a little sweetie and little Arty played his innocent part in helping his dad out of the foggy torment that he was lost in. The subplots were interesting and made me want to visit Eli's past books while looking forward to future ones. 'Eight' was a very well-written and special book that had an impact on me. I can highly recommend it.
Eight Love By Numbers # 6 E.S Carter 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 tear dropping stars.
I have no words... Well I do, I just don’t know how to put into words how truly amazing this story was. It was breathtakingly, heart wrenching, ugly cry, amazingly beautiful. If that doesn’t suck you in, the very 1st chapter of Eight will draw every emotion from your body... Eli has once again created a story that I’m sure everyone in their lives will understand. With the lowest of lows, which seem to be getting deeper and deeper, to finding your way back to life – that is Josh’s story. Using numbers to tell his story, this is one you will never forget and one that will definitely be a reread for me.
Josh feels like he has lost everything, but what he cannot see if the wealth he still has. Grief over losing his wife has ingrained his days and nights. He cannot live without her and can’t even look at his children, especially newborn baby Arthur, the cause of his unmistakable pain. Thank goodness his family is by his side along with his absolutely gorgeous 3 year old daughter Ivy, that little bubble of sweetness should bring sunshine to anyone’s day but for now single dad, Josh nothing can make that sun shine. All of his light left the day he lost his Laura Miles (Smiles). Her words on the 1st day they met will always be with him, but he knows to move forward he must create a new life without Laura’s memory everywhere.
With the help of brother Nate, he moves eight hours away to Ibiza to start a new life. One that will revolve around finding that place between hate, grief, love and survival. Josh will go on a ride of epic proportions, without his family by his side he will work through the past to a future filled with love. Love for a gorgeous girl with amazing spark who is the spitting image of her mother, a little boy that bought that grief and a young woman who pulls Josh from the depths of hell to a word with flowers and brightness, something he has missed for so long.
Halle Richards has come from her own type of hell, and with a less then polite first meeting with Josh, it is fair to say they won’t get along, but sometimes the world’s forces works with or against us, Josh and Halle find themselves in that force field. With unknown and unwelcome feelings Josh takes Halle in the cruelest of ways, but her voice and her words will once again be the fibre attracting them to each other. Together they will lay all their secrets bare, out in the open with tears... Both have travelled the depths of hell, and will find heaven together. Josh must overcome the feelings that pull him back towards that darkness, and Halle must let another man in, taking the chance on love, not ever man is her ex.
With princess Ivy, baby Arthur, Josh’s family and Halle, you must take this roller coaster of emotion and despair in a story to won’t be able to put down...
Oh my.......I've loved every one of the books in the Love by Numbers series, each one has made its mark on my heart. If the cover on book 6 doesn't hit a nerve then this isn't the book for you, because basically, if your heart doesn't go pitter patter right then and there you shouldn't even press that button, you won't appreciate it and quite honesty I don't think you deserve it. The story follows Josh who is struggling with the loss of his wife, and the fact that he can't let her go emotionally is just heartbreaking. When he ups and decides to start afresh in his brother's villa in Ibiza he's not expecting the reaction his heart and body have to Halle Richards, a woman who has her own personal issues to overcome. Lovely writing, and a beautiful story with some heart wrenching scenes from ES Carter in this wonderful story of love, loss and new beginnings. A full five star read for me.
Be prepared, if you don't like books that make you laugh, or cry, or get frustrated or want to snuggle its characters, then don't open this book.
I don't often laugh and cry while reading, but oh man was I emotional reading Josh's story.
This is a story of tragedy and sacrifice, of love and hate, of self loathing and self growth and I feel honored to have taken this journey with Josh.
This story follows josh after the sudden and tragic loss of his Laura, his wife and mother of his children. The day he lost her he gained a son and became an angry, bitter and broken man. This story follows Josh and his kids as they learn to heal and love again and find their place in a world without their wife and mother.
I absolutely adored this book, as with the rest of the series.
Wow wow wow just wow I freaking cried during this book I was totally feeling for josh It's always a struggle when you lose someone you love but this story gives hope that even tho there are dark days you can overcome them it's never easy but it can be done Trust me it's sad but also happy totally worth the few tears to see the end I would totally recommend this book get clicking and read josh story
Just when I though ES Carter's writing couldn't get any better, she blows it out of the water!!
ES, once again, takes us on an emotional journey, one that shook me to my core and made me feel as though I was living this story. It touched me, soul deep, and I felt every emotion, good and bad. I won't lie, the first part of the book broke me a little. No spoilers, but get the tissues ready. You'll need them!!
In true Eli form, she doesn't hold back and writes about true life issues, with heartfelt words and isn't afraid to tackle "taboo" subjects, if you like. She shows us that grief hits us in a lot of ways, and makes us do things we would never normally dream of, think of, let alone actually do. And that most people would find hard to understand. She shows us that no matter how hard things get, those around us will be there to pick us up, even if we don't see it straight away.
Halle has had her fair share of heartache and the two of them (her and Josh) find those pieces of the other that they both lost for a while. I loved this character, she is hardened by life and the bad hand she was dealt with at the hands of someone she trusted and gave her heart to. She is talented and beautiful and loves hard.
As usual, Eli injects her signature (in my opinion) humour into the story, giving us that bit of light we need. This comes in the form of the wonderful Ivy. This little bright spark would be enough to bring anyone out of a dark hole. She is so full of life and love and laughter. I have to also give a shout out to Zoey, I loved her!
For me, ES nailed this story of loss and love, the story of this (newly) single dad, who thought he had lost everything and couldn't see his way out of the darkness, buried under grief and anguish.