ad·dic·tion noun \ə-ˈdik-shən, a-\: a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something: an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something
Leah and Adam have never met.
However, they live parallel lives.
Lives plagued by addiction.
When a tragic, but common demon, surfaces between their siblings, Leah and Adam’s worlds collide, never to be the same again.
Adam loses his sister forever.
Leah’s brother returns.
Both gain a niece, neither knew existed.
Now they face an obstacle to raise a niece together while Leah’s brother struggles to free himself from the grip of drug addiction as Adam’s family grieves for the sister and daughter they lost.
A commonality is discovered.
Deep wounds begin to heal.
Lines blur as their lives entwine.
Heartbreaking and beautiful. Finding strength in so much darkness. Finding love under less than normal circumstances. The hope for the future is in the hands of so many people, but two lives will never be the same. One has said goodbye, one has said good luck, both unprepared for the surprise left behind in the wake of the tragedy. Both knowing each other on a completely different level. Both completely stealing my heart for the love of a little girl.
Addiction is a pretty powerful subject for any book but to make it into this story is just inspiring. When Leah’s brother shows up at her door asking her for the ultimate favor so he can get himself clean, she wants to have faith. She wants to believe that he will do it this time. But this favor is a lot bigger than she could have ever expected or imagined. The favor, her brother wants her to take care of his daughter. His daughter that Leah didn’t even know he had. The child’s mother, dead. The same demons that Leah’s brother is fighting is what ended the life of this little one’s mom.
Now, she is taking a chance and meeting the uncle. The uncle Adam, who lost his sister to a tragic addiction, is just learning he too has a niece. And knowing that her mother is no longer around to care and protect her, but was she ever really around to do those things? So when Adam and Leah meet for the first time, it is all in the interest of this child. This child who needs to be protected and loved and care for, probably unlike she has ever been protected and cared for before.
But this little girl is only the starting point. She is the glue that is going to keep Adam and Leah linked. But it is more than this little girl. There is an instant chemistry between the two of them and it doesn’t matter how hard they fight it. Ok, so it’s a little awkward because Leah has a boyfriend… and well Adam’s friends at work are pigs… But there is so much between the two of them. They can relate to each other in ways no one else can ever understand. They have a common connection, though not the best of binding ties, the understand the battle and loss of addiction.
This book had my emotions all strung out for everyone to take a swing at. I wanted to hug the characters and love on them. Just when you think the story is going the right direction, something hits the fan and it is not pretty. You want angst, you want drama, you want crazy I-want-to-throw-my-reading-device? You want this book. When I said it had my emotions, I meant all of them. I was happy, I was sad, I was angry, I was content, I wanted to scream, I was stunned into silence. I am in awe of how many emotions this book really took from me.
Powerful and poingnent, I was moved and I wanted so much for these characters all to come out in the end smiling. But of course, things in the book don’t aways play out the way I expect them, so I found myself holding my breath until the very end. Hoping for love, expecting loss, clinging to hope.
Michelle Lynn has become one of my favorite authors and that just grows and grows with each book I read, but this one just tore me to pieces and then fit the pieces of the heart back together. I was moved beyond believe. These two people are too young to have this kind of tragedy in their lives, but here they are facing every bad thing and doing it while learning how to be an aunt and uncle for the first time. It took a lot for me to understand this situation and take it all in, the emotions of this book left me breathless. But Michelle Lynn does such an amazing job with a very difficult subject, a torn family and the love of a little girl. This book is touching and moving and a definate 5-star read!
Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.