I was given this book in turn for an honest review
Kendrick has been hiding his demons for years; as time has passed, the pain has only got worse. Ready to face his demons and make a future for himself; Kendrick has to fight and the fight ahead won’t be easy. Has he the strength to succeed? Will the one person he can’t live without stand by him?
A.D. Ellis has pulled out all the stops with Kendrick’s story. I was really looking forward to reading the last book in the Torey Hope: The Later Years series, Kendrick was always the fun loving one, the one with a heart of gold and always there for his family and friends when they needed love and support, now he needed them and he needed them in ways none of them had imagined he ever would. I never expected his story to be as gut wrenching and emotionally charged as it was. My heart was breaking for him with every page turn, I wanted to crawl into my kindle, hug him and help him to see what was in front of him, to help him heal and to help him live the life he deserved.
Kendrick was a strong, open minded, independent and loyal young man. He made mistakes and he faced the devastation and consequences they brought with them. At a young age, he suffered loss and pain that we as adults struggle to face and heal from. He struggled to keep the past a secret, to be true to his word and keep the secret locked inside his mind. Only this secret hurt him too and he deserved to find solace and peace, to heal from the devastation. Before even reading Kendrick’s story, I already loved his character. What I never expected was to find a whole new love and appreciation for the strong and inspiring young man.
Jay was an interesting and intriguing character. At first I was unsure of her and didn’t fully trust her, however I was pleasantly surprised and found myself feeling empathy for a young woman who had had a very unsettled upbringing, yet she had determination to enjoy life and make something of herself one day. It was clear how much she loved Kendrick and how much they had changed each other.
A.D Ellis wrote about some very delicate and emotionally charged issues in this book with consideration and love; it was clear she had done her research.
Kendrick’s story I feel will give hope and inspiration to not only those suffering the same problems as he and Jay but to those who know people who are suffering the same devastations.
If you have read the previous books in the Torey Hope: The Later Years series you will without a doubt want to read Kendrick’s story. If you love young adult romances with suspense and storylines true to life, you will absolutely love this series by A.D. Ellis.