Publishing 17th February 2014
Review by Marlene Engel
Dex Remington has always guarded his heart as if he was wearing a protective shield. Ever since he was a teenager, he’s had feelings for Ellie Parker. But Ellie has always been one to run away when times got tough. Growing up in different foster homes, Ellie has learned to close off her feelings and not let people in. Despite Dex’s attempt at breaking through the walls Ellie has built up, she would always take off before he was successfully able to do so. Four years ago, Dex professed his love to Ellie, only for her to leave again without saying goodbye. You can imagine his surprise when he sees her at a bar. She was still the same, pretty girl who wore the all too familiar worried look on her face. But despite all of the silent warnings going off in Dex’s head, he couldn’t stop himself from making his way over to her.
Back in New York, Ellie was looking for a new start. She wanted to leave her old life, and all of the bad memories, back in Maryland. But it didn’t take long for chaos to find her and for Dex’s feelings for her to come rushing back. But would Ellie stick around this time? Or would she leave again without so much as a goodbye like she has done twice to Dex in the past?
As a foster parent, I could relate to how Ellie felt with the stigma that foster children tend to carry around with them. The feeling of being different, unwanted and not having a family or home to call their own. The author did a brilliant job expressing the feelings that foster children not only have while in the system, but that they carry throughout their lives. This book had such pure, raw emotions and characters that felt so real. I found myself rooting for Ellie’s happiness and hoping that she finds love in Dex’s arms. I love, love, love this book. It is a definite, must read!
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