“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.
This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.
“Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.”
My heart was doing somersaults during this entire book! I experienced such a gamut of emotions and I absolutely LOVED it! This is a story of love and friendship that completely consumed me.
So from the start, let me say that Mercedes is now one of my all time favorite female characters. She was so much fun and she brought happiness wherever she went. I just loved her energy. She was also a loyal, true friend and was so completely selfless. Mercedes, Cora and Noah grew up together as the Three Amigos. They were all best friends and she made the ultimate selfless act when she stepped back and denied any romantic feelings she had for Noah. So many of the decisions she made for the people she loved, she kept to herself. That’s just who she was.
This is not a book about love triangles or cheating. This is a beautiful friends to lovers romance albeit with quite unique circumstances. This book also tackles some serious issues in regards to mental illness and there are certainly a few heartbreaking moments in this story.
I was completely and wonderfully surprised to see that there were cameo appearances from characters from another of Amy’s series. I won’t ruin the surprise for you but even if you have not read those books, it won’t ruin this story. It is a complete standalone. This crossover tied in with the hint of a paranormal theme that ran through this book. I’m a paranormal girl and so this just took this book to another level for me that I just FLOVED!!
There were so many layers to this story. It was such a deeply, complex emotional book that took my heart through the wringer and as always, Amy Harmon’s writing took my breath away. So beautiful, so effortless and absolutely stunning!
Heat Level: Mild
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in thirteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.