"He loved her. Not just the love and respect he had for her as a friend all these years. It was more than that."
"It's crazy to think that if the plane crash had never happened, we wouldn't be here like this. It's like a ripple effect. One thing happens, which causes a wave of ripples around that event. One thing can change the course of your life forever. I can't imagine not having you in my life."
"You mean so much to me. You always have. The way I feel about you...well, it's strong and I don't quite know how to deal with this yet. It scares me and thrills me all at the same time. I know I'm being cautious, but it's because I care so much about you."
"I think you know that I'm not big on taking risks, but taking a chance with you is one I'm more than willing to do."
"He loved her, needed her, wanted everything about her in his life. A summer would never be long enough, but it was a start."
"Somehow, she saw the light at the end of the tunnel. The rainbow after the storm. They would find a way."
"The thing I learned is life does go on. People might leave us way too early and it sucks, but we as survivors have to keep living."
Where to begin...this was a true romantic, tragedy. Two child survivors of a plane crash, were brought together by horrible circumstances, which helped to forge an unbreakable connection, a permanent bond.
Hunter Beckman, a plane crash survivor at 12 years old, has lived his life fighting the demons from that crash. Having no family of his own, much like Becca, he created the life he has, became a pilot of all things, and has a deep seated love for the one person who has always been there for him. The one person he sought to save for five long days on that tragic day when he was just a child himself, Becca.
Rebecca Lange, Becca, has fought for her life from the beginning as an 8 year old survivor of a plane crash. Being told she would never walk again, or that she couldn't do what the doctors said, she forged ahead and never let those circumstances hold her back. Becca became a strong woman, even with the many things she was still afraid of, one being flying. An artist herself, she teaches handicap children to paint, draw, and create art. Her profound, unconditional love for one man has left her numb to all others. The one person that she knew would always make her feel safe, Hunter.
Hunter and Becca's friendship over the years, brought them to the place of wanting more. Neither one ever wanted to break the beautiful bond they had, but taking it to the next step was inevitable. The author did a wonderful job turning that friendship into an unshakable, deep love, that draws a connection between two people unlike anything else in the world. I could literally feel the union through the author's words and was drawn to these characters and their plight. My heart took a dive many times throughout the story, because of the never ending twists and turns that this couple was accustomed to. So much tragedy and heartache, I ached right along with them. The beautiful thing is, the author sprinkled in such goodness through Rebecca's character which even through all the anguish, made me feel really good as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rebecca and Hunter's story. I must say, I was a bit at a loss at the end when the author left me hanging with so many unanswered questions. However, I look forward to reading the next book and hope to have all my answers revealed. Kudos to you Nikki, for composing a magnificent masterpiece of love... Grēta
Hero - Hunter Beckman 4.0 stars
Heroine - Rebecca Lange 4.0 stars
Steam Level: 3.5 stars
Plot: 4.0 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!
***Received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***