This is a stand-alone novel and does not need to be read in order.
Josie Decker has spent her whole life as an unloved and unwanted bother. Like a wild horse captured and bridled, Josie’s spirit is broken. She devises a plan to start her life anew; silently biding her time, she waits for the perfect moment. When that moment arises, Josie takes the opportunity and runs freely into an uncertain future in Torey Hope.
Kyle Martin is a tattooed, pierced, bad boy with a heart of gold. Marching to the beat of his own drummer, Kyle meets his perfect match early on in life. Devastating circumstances beyond his control plunge Kyle into dark despair and suffocating blackness. In an effort to escape the blackness, Kyle accepts an offer from an old friend and moves to Torey Hope.
Josie and Kyle hit it off as close friends and kindred spirits right away. Both are harboring secrets and sadness, but the connection between them is bringing light back to their smiles, their hearts, their lives. Kyle and Josie cling to each other as they battle guilt and crushed spirits. Through it all, with a lot of help from an unexpected accomplice, Kyle and Josie come to view each other in a new light.
When the past catches up to them and causes their lives to come crashing down, will Kyle and Josie get the chance to see where their future is headed? Or will they be forced to admit they waited too long to embrace what was right in front of them the whole time?
A heart-wrenching and heart-warming love story of cherishing the past while embracing the future.
For ages 18+ due to adult language and situations.
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When I read the synopsis I knew this would be an emotional read, however I was not expected to be taken through the wringer. This is my first experience with this author’s work and after reading this title I have to say it will not be my last. There are times when as readers, we come across a story that will tug at your heart strings and make you an emotional wreck, for me Loving Josie is such a story.
From the moment I began reading I knew this would be a difficult book to put down. I was pulled in and totally taken in by the characters that I felt compelled to follow them on their journey. The story was told from the POV of the main characters. I enjoy reading stories like this as it gives me insight into the character’s feelings, thoughts, fears and doubts.
Loving Josie is the story of Josie Decker and Kyle Martin. These two were opposites when it came to the way their lives evolved from childhood to adulthood and in the tragedies they both experienced. Nevertheless, they were similar in that the tragedies they experienced were life altering. It was these tragedies that brought them together.
Josie’s life was a lot left to be desired. With parents like hers, it’s a wonder she was not more messed up than she was. She has no idea what it means to be loved as she never had the privilege of experiencing it. She is strong and I love that she was able to rise above her circumstances and finally take control of her life. Kyle was always surrounded by love as such when he experienced a devastating loss he was plunged into a world of darkness. This loss left him just a mere shadow of his former self.
These two were drawn to each other, however, they were not looking for love only friendship. However, love has a funny way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. Will they be able to let go of their past and give love a chance?
Loving Josie is a well written story of hope and rebirth. It portrays that it’s never late to start over and that it’s possible to have a second chance at love. It shows that if we allow it past tragedies can cripple us emotionally and prevent us from grasping what the future holds for us.
If you have never read A.D. Ellis work before then Loving Josie would be a good place to start.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.