How do you define yourself when others have already decided who you are?
Six years ago, when Camden Daniels came back from war without his younger brother, no one in the small town of Alba, Colorado, would forgive him—especially his father. He left, swearing never to return.
But a desperate message from his father brings it all back. The betrayal. The pain. And the need to go home again.
But home is where the one person he still loves is waiting. Willow. The one woman he can never have. Because there are secrets buried in Alba that are best left in the dark.
If only he could tell his heart to stay locked away when she whispers she’s always loved him, and always will…
Great and Precious Things is a heart-wrenching story about family, betrayal, and ultimately how far we're willing to go on behalf of those who need us most.
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I have so much love for this book!
Great And Precious Things by Author Rebecca Yarros is a flawlessly executed novel. The author beautifully woven together the main characters to create a story that touches your heart and soaks your soul in feelings. Her words are spun gold!
Great And Precious Things is real and raw and gut wrenching. The backstory is perfectly laid out and marries perfectly with the circumstances that the characters are currently living through and struggling with. Your heart will break...it will heal, make your soul rejoice. Your toes will curl at the heat happening between Camden and Willow.
The book poignantly describes what in sickness and in health and the struggles that families face. It perfectly marries humanity, family and all of its complexities magnificently. Author Yarros compassionately addressed the issue of being able to address your own end of life decisions while illness is stealing their memories. As someone taking care of ill parents I can tell you that this story hit home and pulled my heartstrings.
Camden and Willow mean everything to each other. They are too afraid to express it to each other or reach across the divide between them. They have each other’s back no matter how much time has passed since they last saw each other. They heartbreak is indescribable, their love is palpable and their stubbornness suspenseful.
I have so much love for this book!!!
I laughed, I cried, I loved every minute of it
I absolutely adore this book. I knew when I read the excerpt that I would love this book, that I actually needed to read this book, and so when my free copy of this book didn’t arrive by the release date, I also paid for the kindle version of this book. No regrets. This story follows Willow and Camden navigate the tense and emotional situation they find themselves when Cam returns to their small town after years away serving the military. Willow was Camden’s brother Sullivan’s fiancée when he died in combat. Camden was the black sheep of his family, Willow’s former best friend, and the one who gave the order that led to Sully’s death. Six years after the funeral, Cam returns after his father, who blames him for Sully, calls him and asks for help getting a DNR order. He has early onset Alzheimer’s and just wants control over his own life. But Cam’s older brother Xander has power of attorney over his father’s medical decisions. This the battle in the small town begins...made more complicated by the feelings Willow and Cam can’t seem to hide.
I loved how sweet and tragic and complicated this story was. I was laughing and then crying all the way to the end. The writing is simple and smooth, easy to read and easier to enjoy. The characters are complex and dynamic. The chemistry of off the charts. The romance is sweet and subtle and slow burn, but it is also very clear from the beginning that their history meant more than just friendship to both of them. I feel like this book really grasped how complicated family dynamics can be and really explored that complex nature in multiple ways. I absolutely enjoyed this book from start to finish, and I will probably add it to my forever reread pile because it was just that good. I could hardly put it down!
6 Beautiful Stars
It didn't take but a page or two of GREAT AND PRECIOUS THINGS by author Rebecca Yarros for me to know that this book was going to wreck me in the best possible way. Rebecca's beautiful words, a world that I fell immediately into and became a part of, and a story that broke my heart and put it back together, make this a great book, and I was riveted, from beginning to end.
A decorated war hero back home in a town filled with people that have never understood him, Camden Daniels's real strength is the lengths that he will go to for those that he loves, even when that love is not returned. Black sheep, town bad boy, the Daniels boy that will never measure up to either of his brothers, Cam knows what others, including his own father, think of him, but he's ready to face his demons in order to help his family and the town that he loves. Cam had my heart from early on, and I absolutely adore him.
This book is, at its heart, a love story, but not just one of romantic love. Familial love, love of a place, and self-love are themes that Rebecca weaves throughout this beautiful book. Angst, anger, hatred, desire, love, reconciliation, heartbreak, all of these elements are here, and the story wouldn't be the same without them. GREAT AND PRECIOUS THINGS is a book that will remain with me for a very long time, and have made me an immediate fan. My first 6-star read of this year, I cannot recommend it highly enough, and I look forward to my next great read from Rebecca. ❤️