Release Date: November 30th 2021
***I received an ARC of this book, ahead of release, through Netgalley***
- Foster care
- loss of a parent/parents
Therese wrote Gaia and Jacob’s anxiety, stress, and insecurities so real that I found myself having to take breaks from this beautiful story.
Gaia was someone with who I deeply felt a connection. Growing up feeling like, or being told, that no one wanted you leaves a big chip on your shoulder that is really hard to let go of. Her social anxiety and nerves about others all trace back to those feelings of abandonment and never wanting to feel that way again.
After the death of his mother, Jacob is left feeling like it is up to him to keep his family (his older brother and their father) together. Jacob tries hard to ensure no one can see how much stress and anxiety he carries around.
The attraction between Gaia and Jacob is pretty much instant and only grows stronger the more they talk to each other which both intrigues and terrifies both of them…in different ways. Gaia is scared of putting her heart out there only to be abandoned and Jacob is afraid that Gaia might distract him from keeping his father’s company afloat and trying to keep his family together.
This was such a beautifully written book that had me laughing and crying. I cannot wait to read more books by Therese!