WHY I READ IT
After being sucked in by the synopsis, I duked it out with Jenn for the ARC!!!
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Merrick Thatcher went through a hell that no one could possibly imagine. He fought to protect his country, his family, and the men standing at his side, but it wasn’t just being a soldier overseas that changed him. He watched his friends die in front of him, felt indescribable pain, and lost his sight in the very same moment.
Badly injured, blind, and angry, he’s done with war, but now he’s fighting his own battle. So, he’s waiting for it to end, spending his days and nights in a thick darkness no light can penetrate. Until Grace walks into his life and his broken eyes open to a woman that changes everything for him.
A story about two flawed souls finding love amidst the grief. A love that shines vividly, even in the dark, and discovering that sometimes being broken is how the light gets in.
Merrick is the guy that Grace had a crush on all through high school. He was the “IT” guy. Everyone wanted to be like him or be with him. At the time, Grace had strong feelings for Merrick. But he never “saw” her. Now at 27 and after experiencing a huge personal loss and emotional breakup with her boyfriend, Grace is forced to move back home to live with her parents. Little does she know that her neighbor and former crush is also back. But he is far from the person he used to be.
Merrick comes home a victim of war and blames himself for the injuries and deaths of his fellow soldiers and is extremely angry with his own injuries. He is now wheelchair bound and blind and has difficulty doing things for himself, feeling like half the man he used to be. And no one can get through to him; that is until Grace agrees to be his nurse. For some reason she is able to break through and from the beginning Grace’s singing has always seemed to calm him.
“…And the way her voice hit the notes, as if the song had been written for her voice alone. Damn. It was phenomenal. Peace. I felt calm, sitting there listening to Grace Samuelson sing.”
Being blind, Merrick is forced to finally “see” Grace. We see how being blind actually starts to open Merrick’s eyes to the people around him and we see his feelings for Grace form. What is great as a reader is you see his feelings grow not based on her looks but for her as a person. And although she is beautiful, he gets to know and fall in love with her from the inside, out.
First of all, I read the synopsis and was hooked. The story was great…grabbed from the beginning and didn’t let go. You feel the emotions they both go through individually and then together. The pain and turmoil that Merrick puts himself through punishing himself for the deaths of his friends is heartbreaking. Grace has her own demons and needs to confront her own loss. It seems to be fate these two came back into town at the same time…destined to work out their own hurt and heal together.
Put this one on your TBR! I definitely recommend it!