My rating: 6 heart-wrenching STARS!!!
“Just a little company in the darkness. No questions. No judgments. No faking it.”
Oh, hell no!!! I need the Brightest Sunset ASAP. OMG! Someone bring me alcohol quick. This story is absolutely amazing and not for the faint hearted by any means. I am reeling from the mind-blowing discovery at the end of book which was a cliff hanger. I am telling you right now this book is a must read and one of my favorite reads this year. Obviously, I don’t know the ending yet but book one is a definite 6 stars. You will need tissues and alcohol to calm your nerves.
“You have no idea what you’re talking about. We don’t share an inferno, Porter. You wouldn’t last a day in my flames.”
To be honest, I had no clue what I was in for after reading the blurb. I sensed that the story would be a bit emotional and intense but nothing prepared me for the heart wrenching feelings I had at the end. It was like my heart was breaking right alongside these two characters. There isn’t much I can say without spoiling the plot.
Here is the gist of the story … Charlotte is a renowned pulmonologist. Ten years ago, Charlotte’s son went missing while she helped another woman save her child. Charlotte was devastated but that did not deter her from becoming a doctor and continuing to help others. But Charlotte has not been living but rather hiding in the darkness filled with self-blame and guilt. She cannot let go. Porter is a single dad to two adorable children. One has a terrible lung disease which prevents him from having a normal childhood. What Porter needs is a great doctor who can possibly save his child. Porter has one important mission and that is to convince Charlotte to accept his baby as a patient … Unfortunately, the last thing Charlotte wants is coming into contact with children who remind her of what she had lost.
“I hope like hell you don’t ever come to me the way you did tonight. But, if you do, I’ll always be there. Door open. Light switch poised. Darkness waiting.”
The ending is a cliffhanger but I knew that going in. The book ended with a HUGE twist. God, I did not see it coming … I don’t know about everyone else but honest to God I NEVER CONNECTED THE DOTS. Actually, I am very frightened going into the second book – I know it is going to be an unbelievably difficult road ahead for all involved.
“I know the darkness, Charlotte. I don’t know why it lives inside you, but now, you know why it lives in me.”
As I said before this storyline is beyond intense but there are a lot of laughing out loud and light-hearted moments thanks to all the witty banters between Charlotte and her leading man Potter. But for the most part their story made me cry. I can feel deep in my heart the characters’ emotional anguish and the torment of the past they can’t escape. The characters are brilliant – Potter is a saint the way he looks after his children and at the same time supporting Charlotte. She is shattered beyond repair while he is breaking apart little by little inside. Charlotte is trying to be strong but everyone has their breaking point. They both deserve someone who can really see them. Aly Martinez has out done herself with this book – an extraordinary story of love, loss, grief, survival, and hope. As for forgiveness and finding the light beyond, I guess we will have to read The Brightest Sunset to find out.
I don’t know what else to tell you – this is MUST READ this year!
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
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