Life in Reverse
He never hated anyone so much.
But you know what they say...there's a fine line between love and hate.
What could an arrogant bad boy and a quirky artist have in common? Especially when they can't stand each other.
Vance and Ember didn't love each other at first sight. They didn't even like each other.
When angry, broody Vance Davenport moves into the neighborhood, he shakes Ember Bennett's already fragile world. The dislike is instantaneous. Ember with her quirky ways, and Vance, with his sarcastic exterior. But there is more to both of them than meets the eye.
What happens when dislike turns into curiosity? And curiosity turns into something deeper? Are they willing to peel back all the layers and expose their broken pieces?
And maybe, just maybe...find a love they never expected.
A beautiful, touching story, Beth Michele can do no wrong 💜
Beth Michele is a masterful crafter when it comes to her stories. She builds storylines and characters that will have the reader captivated throughout the book. Life in Reverse is a prime example of this.
Vance Davenport is existing, but not really living. Seeing his mother's life wasting away due to a debilitating disease, a disease he can't do nothing about, is slowly increasing his despair. He goes to see her and comes back home distraught and feeling like his soul is dying a little more each day.
Ember Bennett, has experienced one of the biggest loses a human being can go through, but even though she never forgets, her spirit is full of hope and cheerfulness. And maybe, Ember is just what Vance needs to start living again.
One of my favorite things about this author is the way she builds her characters' relationships, a slow build that gives us a better understanding of both parties and help us fall in love with them every step of the way.
I found parts of this story, incredibly realistic and touching. I've seen first hand many people in the same position as Vance and his mom, I thought that Beth did a beautiful job describing their relationship and his feelings before and after his visits to her. It broke my heart to see them both and I understood the pain he experienced every time, more than a few tears were shed while reading this book.
Beth surrounded the two main characters with very lively and likable secondary ones, they all complement each other making the story more interesting and giving it a bit more depth. And while there is plenty of hurt, heartbreak and loss, there is also enough joy, love and hope to make this one of the best books I've read this year.