Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
It Ends With Us
Pub Date: 8/2/2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Women's Fiction
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I admit that It Ends With Us is my first Colleen Hoover novel, but I think I picked the right story to introduce myself to her writing. It's deep and moving and will break readers' hearts to pieces.
Lily is a 23 year old girl not quite mourning the death of her father. She's making a life for herself in Boston, where everything is better, and creates her dream floral shop. Ryle Kincaid is the icing on the cake: a neurosurgeon and a man willing to change his view on relationships for her. Life is perfect until it takes a turn to a place Lily never thought she'd be in.
Actually, life is a little too perfect for Lily in the beginning of the novel. Her business takes off without a hitch and it's like sunshine and rainbows for her. That's more than half the novel before Lily's relationship with Ryle takes a nosedive. It Ends With Us shows the contrast between Lily's life when things are well and when she finds herself in a dark place, but I don't think it was evenly balanced in the story.
The moving part of the story is when Lily takes a stand for herself and her future. There's a moment towards the end where I just fall to pieces because it's so raw, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at once. It Ends With Us is empowering and instills courage in women who have found themselves in similar situations as Lily.
My head has definitely been turned towards Colleen Hoover and I'm ready to binge on her other novels!
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