Book & Author Details:
A Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks
Publication date: June 8th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Ellis Hughes has loved the girl next door since he was ten-years-old. She was his sun, moon, and every visible star in a clear night sky. She was also his biggest regret.
When a terrible accident rips Ellis and Harlow apart, it shatters both their hearts beyond repair. More than a decade later, Ellis has paid his penance, but his regret still lingers, and the love he once harbored for his childhood sweetheart has never faded.
What Ellis believes has been destroyed forever, slowly comes back to life, only for a cruel twist of fate to intervene. Knowing he cannot live his life without Harlow in it, he faces the ultimate test of selflessness.
He must sacrifice his own heart to mend hers.
If, like me you take every opportunity to sneak in a bit a reading, then beware. I finished this book whilst sat on a packed commuter train from London. I found myself staring out of the window after I read the last word, frantically blinking and trying not to cry in front of a carriage full of strangers. Read in public at your own risk.
This book does not follow the established path. Told in dual POV, both current and past, this dual layering of the plot lines weave together to create a novel which is vibrant yet with an unexpected undercurrent of sadness.
The character development is everything I have come to expect from this author. The bond between Ellis and Harlow so real, so very tangible, that I almost defy the reader not to make an emotional connection with them.
For all the words I could write for this review, at its very core, this book is simply beautiful, dignified and brave. It put me through the emotional wringer and I would still have gone back for more. And that ending? Just perfect.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
I’m a little neurotic; I function on a tiny amount of sleep and a huge amount of caffeine. I love green skittles and have an irrational fear of stormy weather. When I’m not writing about super hot college guys, you can generally find me googling them…All in the name of research of course. I can be persuaded to do just about anything with the promise of a good book or a bottle of bubbles. Oh, and I also love to write.