A new novel by the USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Breathing Series...
What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?
Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.
Except this girl isn't Nicole.
She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated - and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.
When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.
©2015 Rebecca Donovan (P)2014 Hachette Audio
I didn't think this story would be as good as it was. The author does a great job at keeping readers on their toes. Even though the story is ultimately a love story, It's driven by the mystery of who Nyell is, and what happened in the past.
It started slow, but I was engaged through most of the story and very entertained!
There are lots of time jumps in this novel as well as memory flashbacks so it was confusing at times. I felt that there could have been more emphasis during some of these parts especially the memory flashbacks so that it's easier to recognize when listening. Overall the story was good but didn't blow me away like her "breathing series"
I love RD's Breathe Series....but this was a chaotic book with numerous branches that never develop. The explanation of what has really happened comes out of left field and really is not believable at all. Honestly I was feeling there was a major mental health twist....which honestly may have made more sense. The performance is by far the WORST part. There is only a female performer....although a good bit of the book is from the male perspective. The performer tries to use several versions of her voice does not change enough and the flashbacks and character changes have no warning. I desperately wanted to know why/if the the girl was his childhood friend....but it was painful to accomplish.
Rebecca Donovan has done a superb job with this book and the Breathing series as well. It will appeal to young adult and grownups as well. The book uses the premise of second chances, regrets, and getting life right.
I have loved every book I've read written by Rebecca Donovan, and this one is no exception. This story made me laugh, think and cry as I fell in love with the characters and each of their stories. I really connected with the messages about friendship, love, and self-discovery. The intricate tale was carefully woven together and forced me to devour each page in search for the answers at the end.
"There are so many times I think about a decision I’ve made and wonder, ‘What if I had done it differently? Who would I be? What would my life be like? What if…?' "
How many times have you asked yourself the same question? How different do you think your life could have been? This theme was one I connected with the most because my biggest 'what if' could have lead to an entirely different life, one that could have easily been either better or worse. But as Cal struggles with this question often throughout the book, it made me think about how important even the small decisions we make each day are.
"Have you ever been in love?"
There's a silence for a moment, I'm not exactly prepared for the question.
"No. Have you?"
"No. I wonder what it's like." Her voice sounds like an echo in the stillness. "I think it will be like falling backwards in the dark. Terrifying. Exhilarating. Having to trust that there'll be someone there to catch you."
For Cal, Nicole was the girl who got away. But Nyelle is NOTHING like Nicole was, yet Cal falls for everything that Nyelle is. She's a free spirit, does what she wants, cares for those who are often forgotten, and has a list of tasks she must accomplish in life, including falling in love. There is definitely a love story here, but not just between Cal and Nyelle. This story also shows how powerful friendship, and the love between friends, can be.
We can always ask the 'what if's, but the underlying current of this story is living with the choices we make. Each moment we live in has the power to change our life, no matter how small that decision we have to make is.
And maybe, just maybe, your wish will come true. Maybe you'll get a second chance. What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?
Also, the narrator did a great job at voicing all of the characters. Listening to this book really brought it to life more.
If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!
Yes. It had depth, you could easily pick up something you missed the first time round.
Nyelle, filled with mystery but life. She doesn't ask "what if" questions, she just does it, she goes with her heart and yes it might be for the wrong reasons but she loves her life how she wants.
Probably Cal. He's such a nice genuine guy. Doesn't try to act macho but is a strong, caring, sensitive, guy who speaks his mind and doesn't mind feeling.
Yes but it would be a total spoiler!!!
A great read! I loved Rebecca Donegan for her first series which I've listened to about 4 times! When I saw she had another I was weary it wouldn't live up to my expectations. It wasn't as good as the Breathing series but it certainly was a strong contender. At the end of the book I was left with a smile on my face and still wanting more!
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