Review: Love, Carry my Bags (Love, Carry My Bags #1) by C.R. Everett

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THE BOYFRIEND BOOKMARK: ★★★★

Camryn Johnson’s world is turned upside down when long lost love, Reese Dahlgren, re-enters her life at a pivotal point in her already challenging marriage. She faces an excruciating predicament: choose between a broken home for her daughter or a broken life for herself.
After her parents’ divorce, Camryn first meets high school basketball star, Reese, at the Harvard Milk Day Festival bed races. Reese hides baggage of his own…until Camryn melts his heart and learns secrets entrusted only to her. Still, the weight is too much to bear. Unable to cope, Reese unwittingly backs Camryn into a corner during his air force enlistment—love him from afar, or leave him.
Enter aerospace engineering student, Glenn Conroy. Persistent and savvy, he woos Camryn during her junior year of college and wins her heart. Or does he? When Reese re-enters her life, further disrupting her tenuous marriage, Camryn turns to best friend, Megan, for advice, but refuses to believe Megan’s suggestion that she’s caught in a “simple” love triangle.
Camryn unveils hidden mysteries and secrets as she embarks on a life-changing journey of revelation and forgiveness, transcending doormat qualities inherited from her mother, and in the process finds what life’s struggles are really all about.
C.R. Everett‘s heart-wrenching debut novel takes the reader on an emotion-packed journey that lingers long after the last page is turned.

STEPHANIE: ★★★★

I am not going to lie, this book had me really debating the love, honor and cherish til death do us part marriage vows. It made me question true love and love out of convenience. It made me question whether two people should stay together despite everything showing them how wrong they are for each other. This book made me question Camryn until the very end, but in the end, I admired the strength she showed even with all of the personal debates she held within herself.

This is more than a story. It is a journey through Camryn’s life. She has her bestest friends that she grew up with, she has her college friends…but above all of those things, she has the one person in her life that she depends on to see her through it all. But what happens when he can’t be there for her? What happens when his own battles prevent him from being the man he has always wanted to be for her? Will time, distance and family be the breaking point in the perfect friendship and love?

Camryn’s Reese… let me just start by saying that this guy is the epitome of the perfect guy on the outside. He is her strength, her comfort, her friend and her everything. But Camryn ultimately has to make a big decision regarding him. She can’t be there for him if he is pushing her away. She can’t be there for him if he is not at least going to make the effort to keep her in his life. But she will always love him. Always.

As with most perfect high school relationships, Camyrn and Reese eventually fade out in the obscurities of life. He loves her and she loves him. They will always have that bond. But during college, Camryn meets Glenn. Glenn is goodlooking and a smooth talker. He is not perfect, but Camryn falls in love with him. Determined to make the relationship work because Camryn desperately wants to be loved as much as she loves, these two get married, have a baby and live the not-so-happily ever kind of life.

This book is really tough to talk about because there are so many things to talk about. It is not a quick read and it will leave you questioning so much about life. But in the end, it was all for love, not just the happily ever after. This book was about opening your eyes to the experiences and the opportunities you have been given. To embrace those around you. To know that you don’t have to be perfect to be loved. But more importantly, this is Carmyn’s journey.

This is her journey of self-discovery, self-worth and the power of love. When everything in the world seems to be going against Camryn and Glenn, she wants to give up, but she also knows that her decisions are not just about her. They are about her daughter. They are about her future. But always in the back of her mind, they are about Reese too.

I spent a lot of time questioning the moves that Camryn made in her life when it came to these two men, but I also spent a lot of time admiring her strength and courage. She battled through life and made it what it was, good or bad, it was hers.

This book was a lot to take in, but in the end, it was so worth every last moment. It stole my breath and pushed me forward reminding me of the power of love and pain of it too. This book is written with a special ease and attention that reminds us all of how the little things do bog us all down in our daily lives. But it is powerful and worth taking the time to read.

GOODREADS | AMAZON US | AMAZON UK | BARNES & NOBLE

 

3 responses to “Review: Love, Carry my Bags (Love, Carry My Bags #1) by C.R. Everett

  1. Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:37:55 +0000
    To: tcarver_21@hotmail.com

  2. Pingback: Blog Tour: I Loved That About Her (Love, Carry My Bags #2) by C.R. Everett **GIVEAWAY** | The Boyfriend Bookmark

  3. Thank you so much for your review. I’m so glad you “got” the book. You really understood it. 🙂

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