The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez – Jenn’s Review


Aly Martinez is always a must read for me.



Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Words destroyed me. 
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!” 
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.” 
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise. 
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”


My God. What did I just read? I don’t even know how to talk about this book. In actuality, there really is very little I can tell you. It’s the kind of story that you want to go as slowly as possible, yet you are frantically flipping the pages to see what’s going to happen. From the very first word, we were thrown head first into a story filled with sorrow, rage, elation, jealousy,  and confusion, along with just about every other emotion you can think of. But the one that is at the forefront is love. Love in all forms. Love between a father and his son, a mother and her son, love between and man and a woman who cannot fathom their paths would have led them to this nearly impossible fork in their road. What happens when you meet the man of your dreams, the one who has the ability to pull you from the darkness, only to find he might be the cause of it? I sat on my couch for three hours absorbing every single word of this breathtaking masterpiece. Gah! I just can’t find the words to explain just how incredible this story is. There has been nothing like it before, and nothing will touch it. It’s original, and masterfully written. Aly Martinez can give a masterclass on how to pull every emotion you’re capable of (and those you didn’t even know you had) out of you. She managed to pull tears from me every third paragraph. Half the time I wasn’t even sure if I was crying happy or sad tears. This duet needs to be at the top of your list. It is a must read for everyone.

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