Published by Gallery Books on April 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
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Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first women’s fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren
The story of the heart can never be unwritten.
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.
Love and Other Words takes us on the journey of Macy Sorensen and it packs an emotional punch, so be prepared. After the death of Macy’s Mom, her father decides to purchase a summer house, a great getaway place for the two of them, something he believes will be good for her. Her first visit to the house, she meets Elliot, the boy that lives next door and they hit it off and became the best of friends, looking forward to those summer vacations, so that they spend more time together. Over the years things began to change between Macy and Elliot. He becomes her first love, her first everything. One night changed everything for her though, and she left, not looking back…
Macy had grown up and moved on with her life, she’s a pediatric resident, appears to have a happy life and is engaged too. She thinks she has her future all planned out. She runs into Elliot Petropoulos, who happens to have grown into a gorgeous and successful man. All those feelings that she has kept buried, and the memories of their time came flooding back. It might have been a long time since Macy has seen Elliot, but some feelings don’t go away. But, whatever happened that night that caused her so grief and pain wasn’t clear, but it had to have been pretty bad for her to walk away like she did, and I really wanted to know what happened, should I not root for Elliot and her to be together again or not?!
Reading this was like getting two slow burning love stories all in one. Told in dual timelines, the past and the present, we get the budding friends to lovers romance, and now as adults 11 years later after their chance meeting. It was clear that these two cared for each other very deeply all those years ago, so can you imagine not seeing and not talking, literally nothing for 11 years and then running into the one who was your everything for so long? It would definitely be a chock to the heart. All those emotions and memories all stirred up again. These two have been living their lives just fine, well, they thought they were at least. The feeling they felt weren’t gone just buried right below the surface.
Getting to know Macy and Elliot was just amazing. Elliot was kinda awkward as a kid, and some who say he still was an adult. I thought he was great, and he had a heart of gold, the way he cared for his family both then and now, and for the way he felt about Macy made me adore him more and more as I was reading on. Macy had just lost her Mom, and losing your Mom as a young girl would devastating, but her Father was there for every step of the way. Man, did I Love him! As an adult however, she’s successful, but seemed to lost. The mystery of the one night that changed so much was revealed over time, and my heart broke for Macy, but I could completely understand her silence all these years. But I also had so many questions, would the love that these two have be enough to bring them back together completely? I found myself wanting to read faster, wanting to know everything, how it worked out, and rooting for these two. How could I not!
The journey that these two went on was full of passion and love, but also grief and betrayal. It’s poignant but powerful, I couldn’t help the emotions that it stirred within me. Love and Other Words was a beautiful story of second chances, but was also an all consuming love story. Amazing!
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