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.
Life is filled with so many “What if” moments. We all have them—good and bad. You wonder how your life may have taken a turn in a different direction if you had done something differently. Would you be happier, would you be richer, would you be living a different life? Then there are those moments in life that you’ve had no control of and you just have to say it is what it is. But what if you had a chance for a do-over.
“Do you ever wish you could do something over again?”
“What if I had done it differently? Who would I be? What would my life be like? What if…?” -Nicole
Rebecca Donovan’s latest release is just an incredibly heart stopping tale of second chances. She brings her characters to life and you feel as though you’re watching the whole story unfold right before your eyes.
This a story of four friends and their journey to adulthood. Cal, Rae, Richelle and Nicole were inseparable. We get glimpses into each of their families, and Nicole’s dad is extremely hard on her always expecting perfection—nothing less. The only time she can be herself is when she’s with her friends. They are so close and spend many years making memories together until one day their friendship changed and they parted ways. Cal and Rae remained friends, while Richelle moved away and Nicole joined the popular group. Never getting an answer as to why Nicole “dropped” her friends, Cal and Rae moved forward with their lives but always wondered why things turned out the way they did. After high school, Nicole “disappears” and no one seems to know what happened to her.
While at college, Cal meets a girl who he swears is Nicole. She is introduced as Nyelle, and Cal is afraid to question her in fear that she’ll vanish. Although Nicole and Nyelle have the same eyes and look identical, there personalities couldn’t be more different. Nyelle is a “wild child” always looking for adventure. She doesn’t seem to recognize him leaving Cal bewildered.
“I’m convinced I’m either sleeping, drunk, or in some fucked-up episode of The Twilight Zone. I swear I’m staring at the face of Nicole Bentley, the girl I spent way too many hours of my life thinking about. But she’s looking at me like she has no idea who I am. It’s freaking me out.”
We watch Cal fall in love with Nyelle and witness him battle to win at a second chance of love.
“You’re her… my what if girl. The girl I will forever regret if I let you go.”
Rebecca wrote a seamlessly beautiful story, combining past and present, giving us a view into the lives of all of the characters.
Rarely do you find a book that will have you battling with your emotions the way What If does. My mind was in an utter state of awe as the story unfolded. With twists and turns and lies and truths, you will not want to put it down. Rebecca never disappoints and What If will be one that I’ll be placing on my reread shelf. What a beautiful story!
About Rebecca Donovan
I’m a passionate (and some would say, overly enthusiastic) person. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times that I’d like to admit), but I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do – fail or succeed.
I think this is evident when I write, leaving nothing behind and spilling it all out on the pages. I give it all to my readers – love it or hate it.
The path I’m on is very often my own, veering off the beaten path at the sight of something more interesting or captivating, getting caught in the vines and thorns in order to experience the beauty and intrigue others often pass by. And I always meet the most interesting people along the way…
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