Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for supplying me with this book in exchange for a honest review.
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.
I really enjoyed the character development between Macy and Elliott, especially the evolving of their friendship. I am not familiar with Northern California but the setting was extremely descriptive – makes me want to travel! I also enjoyed the premise and the ending of the book, although the ending took longer than expected and appeared to be a little forced. I did not how the book when from past to present although I can see somewhat of a need due to the storyline. All in all, I did find this one to be enjoyable.