I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Echoes Of You by Margaret McHeyzer
Published by Margaret McHeyzer on May 18, 2020
Cover Design: Book Cover by Design
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Dark, psychological
Format: digital e-book, ARC
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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Also by this author: Perfectly Thin
At seven I was adopted by the most loving parents in the world.
In this perfect family, I also found my best friend, and sister Tina.
Throw into the mix my boyfriend Dylan, and my dog Zhen, life was good... until it wasn’t.
A catastrophic incident unearthed echoes of my past.
It left me no choice but to confront my inner demons.
Will I be able to live through this again?
Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Dark, psychological
First Person, Multiple-POV
This is a stand-alone story with HEA.
But it took me no time at all to realize, we all have a role to play.
I don’t really know what I was expecting when I read the blurb and decided to read this book. What I’m certain of… I wasn’t expecting anything like what I got here.
This wasn’t an easy read, it was a very emotional story that could be a trigger for some people. I loved it! This story has been stuck on my brain for almost a week now.
I feel like I can’t say much, because you must embark in this journey with open heart and no real knowledge of what is to come. This is a story that must be felt and not told. All I can say is, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! Yeah, it will hurt a little, and it will probably make you cry (if you are anything like me) but it will also give you hope and make you believe in the complexity that is a human being.
Beautiful romance in an astounding story!!!
34/35 STARS – 5 STARS (between 33.5 stars and 35 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 5 Plot: 5 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 5
Action 2/5 Angst 5/5 Darkness 3.5/5 Humor 0/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 2/5
Would I recommend? YES!!!!!!!!!
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes, even though it is a hard read, very emotional and can be a trigger for some.
Would I read more from the author? I will definitely be on the lookout for her work from now on.
Addictiveness: 5/5 This story was so emotional, with characters that felt so real, that it grabbed my attention from the beginning and I was barely able to sleep until I had finished the book. As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Multidimensional characters with lots of depth and very well written background stories.
Molly was amazing. She was very strong and passionate about what she believed in. Her story arch was impeccably written and her personal growth was enormous.
Dylan was an almost perfect boyfriend. He was a true hero without a cape. In a time with lots of bully romance out there (a trope that I also love), it is great to read about a really good guy with a good head on his shoulder that can also be a wonderful son and boyfriend.
Secondary characters I love them all so much. There were so many amazing characters in this book. They have all been very well developed that the reader could truly admire them. They all felt real. There was so much good parenting here between Dylan’s dad and Molly’s mother and father. Wow!
Villain/antagonists … there were a few of those in this story. Like all other characters they were well written.
Most characters were easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I love this one. So many things really worked here. Starting with the title and subtitle used. They are a perfect fit for this story. The somber mood is very noticeable by the black and white colors of the art and the face and posture of the girl. I also love how the title font “echoes”. Intriguing art with catching title!! I would definitely buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Freshness: 5/5 One-of-a-kind!!! I don’t need to say anything else here. As fresh as water during summer in the middle of the desert.
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Amazing opening and superb ending. Very believable plot, with fascinating dialogues and stunning pace. Great setting, interesting subplots with huge twists. Highest level of enjoyment!
This plot was cohesive without any loose ends and very creative. The author filled the story with several twists and turns from the beginning that kept the reader out of balance and in awe.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 4/5, description 3.5/5, development 5/5, steam 3/5 The story arch of their romance was really well planned. It never felt rushed. At the same time I wished we had a bit more description of their moments together. I would like to feel them more intimate with each other, sometimes it didn’t feel very real people of that age being that reserved. But the love story was beautiful and poignant. Perfect book boyfriend points for Dylan!!! Beautiful romance!!!
Writing Style: 5/5 Superb characters, unexpected plot, beautiful romance, cohesive writing and wonderfully written dialogues. Words of a wordsmith!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really like perfection…
I have to say I would love a bit of Dylan’s voice and also the romance could be a bit more descriptive.
The palms of my hands are sweating.
Standing in front of an unassuming building, I look up to see its sheer size. Still, it’s inconspicuous because it looks exactly like all the other buildings surrounding it.
The sun breaks out just behind the brick building, casting the entrance into shadow.
Funny, that. Because I’ve been living in the shadows all my life. Now is the time for me to come out of the shadows, and speak my truth.
Speak our truth.
There’s a line of cars in front of the building, all marked with the same lettering.
My heart beats quickly as a shock of finality runs through my veins.
This is where part of me will die and another part of me will live.
All my life I’ve been worried about what people think of me. But I can’t continue on in a life where I’m only breathing. I need to learn to live.
I take several deep breaths, ready to cross the street and take the leap I’ve been longing for.
“You can do this,” I say to myself. The sun is moving higher, the shadow becoming smaller.
Yes, you can.
I look to my left, and to my right, checking for oncoming cars.
I keep walking, crossing the street. I know if I stop for even a second, I’ll talk myself out of going.
You can do it.
I walk until I come to the automated doors that slowly slide open.
Hopefully, they’ll believe you.
I head to the counter, where a woman with dark hair pulled back in a severe ponytail and wearing a uniform is working on a computer. She looks up, but remains seated. “Can I help you?” she says in a flat voice.
My hands tremble, so I knit them together to stop the emotion bursting to come forward.
“I, um,” my voice quivers with uncertainty.
“Are you okay?” She stands and comes closer to the counter. She looks behind me, searching for a hint as to why I’m so edgy.
“I, um, need to talk to the police unit who deals with sexual abuse.”