Sunday, September 14, 2014

What If Reviews by Suz, Sav and Leia

A new novel by the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Breathing Series . . . 

What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.

Except this girl isn't Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems

Suz's 5 star review
Rebecca Donovan is such an amazingly talented writer. She grabs you from the first words she writes in a story, and just doesn't let you go. You have to keep reading just to know what will happen to the characters.
This book was just beautiful and heartbreaking. I fell in love with Cal and needed to know everything I could about Nyelle. This is a beautiful story about second chances, and how you can make the most of them.
I was confused and intrigued, but in the end, it all made sense.
Thank you RD, you certainly did not disappoint.

Sav's 5 star review
This is such a unique book, with such a unique plot and it is almost impossible to describe the depth of this book but I will try and I will  be as vague as possible and stay away from any of the storyline (you will thank me once you read and understand)

This book is about childhood best friends. They all have a special bond and grow up together. Like many childhood friendships, life happens and tears the once strong bond apart. 
Friends get lost, promises get broken and youth is just a memory.

This story is told in past and present tense so we get a chance to grow up with these friends. We get a chance to bond with them. We begin to love them. It's also written in multiple point of view so you get inside everyones head to better understand them.

Peeling back the layers of this book is definitely an adventure. It's not easily guessed and completely keeps you on your toes. It's a beautiful story of love and loss and how to build yourself and past relationships back up. How to live in the moment. How to never take anything for granted. To never leave room for what ifs...

This was such a simply amazing book and I think the world will enjoy it. It's beautifully orchestrated and delivered with such depth and power it just leaves you in awe. 

Leia's 5 Star Review

What If is an exceptional story of the lives of childhood best friends.  Throughout everyone's life, we are faced with decisions that will shape us into the people we are meant to become.  Rebecca Donovan explores the area of your mind that you may be afraid to visit - the "what if".  What if you had a second chance? What if you had opened up? What if life gave you a do over? What if your decisions unintentionally set a series of events into motion that you never expected? 

This was a beautifully intricate tale of the ups and downs of life, love and friendship.  A tale of how one decision can change a multitude of lives.  Each word is so specifically planned.  Each sentence laid out so completely, taking you on a journey you never expected - but then you look back and realized how carefully crafted her writing is and sit in awe of the heartwarming story in front of you.  

Told through multiple points of view, this story takes a life of it's own and you find yourself completely absorbed in the life of these characters.  I truly believe that this is an experience that each reader should go into blindly, allowing the story to weave it's way into your mind and slowly absorb your heart.  I was left speechless at the end of this book.  Completely awestruck.  Bravo, Ms. Donovan.  Thank you for such an enchanting read.

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