I've been waiting patiently for Bodhi and Henna to come to life. Their story is forbidden, as only people that have lived it can totally understand it. Their story will make you question your beliefs and you may not agree with the subject matter, but you will love the characters, their dependence on each other and their tragic lives. Well done Jewel. 5 stars again from me.
He eats one fry and hands me the last one. It’s oddly the most romantic thing a guy has ever done for me. The final french fry trumps a single red rose. At least, that’s how my mind works.
“Are you still flirting with me?” “Always. Even when our kids think it’s gross and we’re too old to flirt, I’m going to tease you with my sexiness.”
It’s hotter than a pot of Devil’s stew.
Do people really use paperweights? I always think of them as unsuspecting weapons in murder mysteries.
One of his eyes pops open, followed by the other. “Oh my God! You’re not dead.” I drop to my knees and rest my forehead on the arm of his chair, grabbing his hand and squeezing it tightly. “Not today, young lady. But Christ … I hope the mortician does a better job of checking my pulse than you did. I don’t relish the idea of being burned or buried alive.”
I’m pretty sure you’re still my greatest memory.
I am not a fan of the angst which made this tragic story a treacherous and somewhat arduous trek for me to journey through, yet the writing was stellar and the cleverly alluring characters were enticing, complicated, and so incredibly nuanced; I couldn’t give up. I had to read all the words. Even the ones that greatly annoyed me.
The storylines were shrewdly paced, and often heart-wrenching and multi-layered with complex issues and thought-provoking real-world dilemmas and obstacles that would be difficult for anyone to navigate, much less while in the throes of an epic love story. The writing was lushly descriptive, poignantly insightful, and relentlessly mined all the feels with panache. And oh, I have to mention the bone-melting sensuality... I may have been gasping... a few times.
I struggled in how to rate it overall which proved to be quite the predicament as there were sections I truly struggled with as well as the unfortunate deployment of my least favorite trope, yet the superior quality and thoughtfulness of the writing couldn't be overlooked. While the HEA was hard won, it was well worth the effort and “quite the snack.”
Where are all the watermarks on these reviews? There should be tears dripping all over the place. I did not know this would be so sad, but glad because if I knew, I probably would have decided not to read it. As sad as it was, it was also very beautiful. A very different type of story I am used to reading from Jewel. E. Ann. I absolutely loved all the characters in this book, (well, maybe not Bodhi’s sister or the principle). Bodhi stole my heart, as did his dad and Henna was just an amazing young woman. This is filled with ups and downs, love and loss. An epic love story!
I'm really not sure how I feel about this book by Jewel E Ann, I did some skimming in places yet in other places I was fully invested in the story. In some places the skimming was because I was over it and wanted to move on and in others it was anticipation and the need for answers NOW! I liked the characters particularly Henna and her mother Juni (love the name) but I dunno, I just feel that maybe it was a bit long winded.
A Place Without You is an unforgettable love story with a journey that takes Henna and Bodhi through a range of emotions, young love , discovery , pain , heartache and forgiveness . I got chills when Bodhi described his feelings for Henna . Its very emotional and it will leave you hanging on until the end . Both Henna and Bodhi learn life is not easy and forgiveness can mean everything when it comes to true love.
There were many times I thought this book wasn't for me. I found the characters a little too much and I wasn't sure I could perservere with them. My emotions were definitely not prepared for the roller coaster the story then took me on. It was so worth the ride. Keep with it for all the feels.