The 29th of February, the day I was born.
When I wake up on this day, I’m in a different city, with a different life and no memory of the lives I had before this one. Today is the tenth time this has happened to me. The tenth time I’ve had to figure out where the hell I am. The tenth time I’ve had to try and work out who the hell I am. This is the tenth alteration of the person I am. Each of us has had different lives, different backgrounds and different families. But there’s always been one constant.
He’s the reason I keep doing this. He’s the reason I spend four years searching. If I’m lucky, I’ll get the trigger and find him quickly and we can spend those four years together before I disappear again. If I’m not, we might get a year, a month or even just a day. Once we got nothing, but that was a choice.
And every time it happens, he patiently waits for me. He says that every time I come back to him, it’s like falling in love with me all over again. I say that every time I come back, I fall even more in love with him than before.
It scares me that one day I won’t be able to find him at all, because when that day comes, I’m not sure I’ll want to keep going. He is my strength, my protector, my one and only constant.
I love him.
He loves me.
But every four years, I lose myself.
And every four years, I have to find him.
This is our story.
I seriously wish I could buy this book for every single one of you! It was that INCREDIBLE!!! You know when you find a book and you want to read it quickly so you can find out what happens but at the same time you don’t want it to end so you can savor every word?!!! Yeah… that’s how I feel right about now. It is that FREAKIN GOOD!!! I think I’ve cried about 20 times and the words just give me goosebumps.
Evie was born on February 29th which we all know is leap year. Every four years, her birthday arrives, and Evie disappears. She winds up in a new place, with a new life not recalling where she had been previously.
At only five years old, Evie meets Ben and they become fast friends—best friends. Even at such a young age, there is a connection there and he is the one who always protects her. At age 8, she disappears again only to start all over with a new family and new friends.
“I longed for something, or someone, who was familiar. The problem was, I couldn’t remember what familiar was. I couldn’t remember anyone that I’d known before I woke up…”
She doesn’t recall her previous life until she bumps into Ben again, and it all comes back to her. The moment she hears his name, somehow all the previous memories come into full view.
“It’s like he’s is the key to all of my memories and I have no idea how or why, but most of all, I have no idea what’s going to happen next time. What happens if I don’t find him again?”
This continues throughout her life and fate always intervenes, bringing Ben and Evie back together again.
This is an epic love story—one I won’t ever forget. The love that Ben and Evie shared melted my heart, it was so powerful, so moving. My heart hurt when they were apart causing so many tears, so many feels. I waited for the moment they were reunited just so I could release the breath I was holding.
Evie is such a strong heroine. She loves hard with her whole heart and whenever she is away from Ben, she knows something is missing. She doesn’t know what it is, but she feels a longing, like a puzzle with a missing piece.
Ben. Ben is just an amazing, beautiful character—inside and out. He was her knight in shining armor, her protector, her soul mate. His love was so strong—he would stop at nothing to prove how much she meant to him. She was the other half of his heart. They made each other whole.
“Please…stay. Please… Don’t go, baby…”
Killed me reading those words. Broken. That’s how I felt.
Natalie’s writing is perfect, brilliant. She created two incredible characters and the way she made you FEEL their love had me so extremely emotional as if I was experiencing it myself. You want them together so badly, it physically hurts when they were apart.
This book is a MUST READ. It’s different, it’s perfect, and it will have your heart in pieces. AMAZING!!!
About Natalie Ward
Hey – welcome, thanks for stopping by! What can I tell you about me? I’m a seriously avid reader and probably get way too invested in stories and characters. Have been known to go without sleep just so I can finish a book. I also obviously enjoy writing them, but we’ll see how that all pans out!
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