When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.
Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?
Roxie and Jen’s 6++++++++ Review
“…What’s going to happen?”
“I hate that,” I said.
” I know, I hate it too, but I guess it’s like reading a good book. The kind where you don’t want to skip pages to see what happens at the end. Each moment is a story in itself.”
We were counting down the days for Renees next book ever since we finished Before We Were Strangers last summer.
Breathtaking, inspiring, beautiful, heartbreaking and unforgettable. These are some words that come to mind when thinking of Renee Carlinos newest work of art.
There are memories in your life that are so profound, make such an impact and shape you into who you are and who you will become. Emiline and Jase had a love so strong and so rare had the kind of love that did exactly that.
Friends since childhood, Emi and Jase were the only light in their dark worlds. Both had horrific home lives and found comfort and love in the other.
“You’re all I have left. You’re holding my whole world together…”
Emi has been existing but not living. She’s in a dead end relationship with Trevor where she’s missing the spark and connection she had with Jase. Struggling with work and the pursuit of her dream of writing a book, Emi is unfulfilled.
Feeling down and low, her BFF gives her a copy of a book that will change her life. When she opens the book we emerge into their past that is haunting and will leave your heart aching.
A boy and a girl find beauty and hope within the pages of a bestseller.
“Our story is great… the story of us is perfect…”
Renee gave us a multi layered story that had us turning the pages in frenzy. Trying to navigate between past and present in a very unique way as a story within the story unfolded. Each chapter was like a clue, being unwrapped, yet the answers were held captive till the very end. Renee gave us another amazing unforgettable uniquely crafted-to-perfection story.
About Renée Carlino
Renée Carlino is the author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, and Before We Were Strangers. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.