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Widowed at twenty-five, Sawyer Hartwell has no choice but to return to her hometown. Broke and alone, the intention was to heal and find herself again, but how can she heal in a place filled with so much sorrow and memories she yearns to forget?
Dean Preston has regretted leaving Willowhaven since the day he rode off on his motorcycle six years ago, destroying the only love he had ever known. Returning too late, he's found small comfort in a new life with Lily, but with Sawyer back he's not sure of anything anymore.
The time has come for Sawyer and Dean to face the past, to learn from their mistakes. The road to healing is paved with old wounds, each one threatening to tear them down completely. Carrying their own scars close to their hearts, they must both confront what's gone before or lose their second chance.
The measure of who we are is what we survive. Who we become is up to us.
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Excerpts (I sorta picked a lot.. I couldn't help myself.): Some lovey and some heart-breaking just to see how amazingly written this book truly is
"Remembering is the worst part. There's a brief moment between sleeping and waking where Grayson lives. In those few perfect moments, he's not gone. He's alive, and he's sleeping peacefully next to me." (Kindle Loc: 1081)
"I'll be okay. At least that's what I've been telling myself, but I'm still waiting for the day I will feel okay. I don't know how to fix me. I'm stuck in a whirlpool of misery that fights to drag me under, and I can't get out." (Kindle Loc: 1346)
"Loving Dean is like fireworks when it's not the Fourth of July. It's the sudden and explosive and it scares the crap out of me." (Kindle Loc: 2520)
"It's there in his green eyes, everything I know that is reflected back from mine. I love him. I don't say it, and neither does he, but we know. It's as if we want to savor the moment, the moment we first realize we're falling... and falling hard. I shift down his body, hovering over him, and lean in to kiss his mouth. He breaths my name before our lips mee. All I say is, "I know." Because I do. Anyone can say it, but knowing that it's true is what makes it real." (Kindle Loc: 2836)
"I've never stopped loving you, and I didn't want you to pull further away from me just when I was getting you back. I don't know how to not love you." (Kindle Loc: 3192)
"Let me fill the crack. Let me make you whole." (Kindle Loc: 3765)
Gahhhh! Some of those make me feel what they were feeling while I was reading! LOVE this book! Now onto my review...
This book.. Wow! Just wow. This had so many feels I can't even count them. The book made me feel like I was there experiencing it firsthand. I was a sobbing mess at times, others times smiling and other times I was yelling at both Sawyer and Dean to DO something about their situation. I can't even begin to describe how amazingly written and lyrical I found Me After You was. Hayes wrote an awesome and heartfelt novel.
In the beginning Sawyer is heartbroken with the loss of her husband. Andddd I'm pretty sure I was crying by the third page. ;) Throughout the book we get to see her come to terms with his passing, we watch her fall in love all over again with her first love. It was truly an epic and beautiful story. I LOVE this book! I can't recommend it enough!
I can't WAIT to read more from her! Seriously pick this book up NOW! You will not regret it!
5 awesome, beautiful stars! ABSOLUTELY loved this book!
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