***POSSIBLE SPOILERS PRESENT WITHIN THIS REVIEW***
This novel started off on a sad note. My heart immediately broke for young Willow Tate. With a step-father and half-sister like that, who needed enemies? Willow, a young woman beaten and broken emotionally, has no confidence in herself and doesn’t see how much she really shines. She’s told repeatedly by her family, who are cold and calculating, how ugly and overweight she is. If it wasn’t for her two supportive friends, Kirby and Eddie, who knows just how damaged Willow could be. Even her ex-husband was a monster with his constant verbal abusive comments. How can one possibly think that they are worthy of love and friendship after hearing such vilifying slanders over the years? When at last Willow can’t take her family’s constant verbal bashings, she snaps. And, I mean she totally has had enough and doesn’t go quietly. She loses her cool as she is pushed to the limit. What she doesn’t realize, though, is that award-winning actor, Kane Masters, witnesses her melt-down. This glorious male, however, feels an underlying connection with her as they meet once again. Kane has come to her rescue before, and this just cements the fact to him that there is something worth taking a chance on with Willow. What will she do when he’s asked her to consider acting on this “connection” with him when all she’s ever known is betrayal and cruelness? The man is beautiful! What can he possibly see in her, Willow questions? He’s smart and kind and has everything going for him. People like him just don’t associate with people like her! Willow might think that Kane has everything, but there’s one thing that Kane is missing. And, that’s that one special someone to share his life with. He’s willing to take a chance on that “special” someone to be Willow, though. But, will she give him that “chance” to show her just how extraordinary she really is?
Damn!! I think I high-lighted half of this book. Ms. Harper writes truthfully of how constant condescending comments can damage an individual’s self-worth. It’s sad how your family, the ones you’re supposed to believe in and trust, can be so mean without any conscience whatsoever. I can appreciate, without a doubt, the note that the author included in the beginning of the book. It spoke volumes as to Ms. Harper’s compassion and hopefulness as to people who go through this struggle with self-image while trying to find a relatively livable path. I, for one, enjoyed the book immensely other than one part about three-quarters through. I just don’t know why it was included. I felt it unnecessary and just wished the author would have just stuck to the love story. This book held an important message to believe in yourself and that there’s sincerely someone out there for everyone that will honor you, protective you, and love you wholly for being yourself. As a reader I came away with a deeply moving experience that sent out a powerful message. One book not to be missed!!
MEMORABLE QUOTES written...
“Sweet Willow. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that life starts at the end of your comfort zone? When you break free of the fears that have held you back, you’re going to be free to fly, and that, honey, is when you’re going to find the happiness you deserve. But you have to start somewhere. You have to push that fear aside and just wing it-trusting you will never be alone should you fall.” ~ Eddie (Chap. 8)
“Hope isn’t always something people can understand, regardless of the picture you paint. More often than not, the promise of something better is more terrifying than the horrible situations life can throw your way. Sometimes, they just aren’t strong enough to believe in something so unpredictable. They aren’t capable of being or becoming impenetrable against life.” ~ Willow (Chap. 13)
“She has to be able to show others that the hope they need is within themselves and you are stronger than fear tries to trick you mind into believing.” ~ Kane (Chap. 13)
“No, let me finish. There isn’t beauty in perfection, it’s as fake as the image the word projects. Beauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit you’re not perfect means you’re admitting you’re not whole and absolute. When I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit he’s as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better. To take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there. You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.” ~ Kane (Chap 22)
“The magnificence that we both see in each other will only intensify the beauty we see in ourselves.” ~ Willow (Chap. 40)
“I clap and beam up at the man who truly has proven to the world that when you believe in the possibility of becoming impenetrable, you can overcome anything and win. I, Willow Tate, soon-to-be Masters, have truly won. I have the love of the greatest man and his family. But most of all, I have the love of my own self and each and every perfectly imperfect moment I’ve lived, loved, and won.” ~ Willow (Epilogue)
And, that cover is just so beautiful!! Draws the reader right in...
Review Written, 11/21/15