Friday, December 20, 2013

Down to You by Addison Kline

Title:  Down To You
Series:  Love On The Edge
Author:  Addison Kline
Published:  October 10th 2013 by Createspace
Length:  254 pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  Contemporary Romanc
Shelf:  Review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Holly Edgemont used to love celebrating Christmas, that is, until her whole world was turned upside down by an unexpected divorce from her college sweetheart Brant. This year, not only is she divorced, but the kids are going out of state with her ex Brant, leaving her utterly alone. Holly's party-girl friend Sloane tries to break her out of her frump by dragging her along to holiday parties where Holly meets cute and available Chris. But when Holly realizes that she still has feelings for Brant, she has a decision to make: Learn to trust her long time love who broke her heart, or move on for good.

Brant Edgemont is a divorced father of three, and hopelessly in love with his ex-wife, Holly. He made the biggest mistake of his life walking out two years ago. Despite his pleas to reconnect, Holly still resists him. Is it too late to rekindle their love? Or will Holly move on for good, leaving Brant himself heartbroken and alone?

Down To You is not just a romantic love story. It is a story of familial love, friendship, betrayal, redemption, and the magic that can happen at Christmas time when friends and family join together.

My Review:

I don’t ever remember reading a work where the emotions jumped so rawly from the page. It’s definitely the characters’ emotions that carry this story forward so fully. This is also one of those stories that really makes you realise what one moment of miscommunication can do. Kline tells a very solid story in a thought provoking manner that you’ll barely be able to put down. I quite enjoyed how her descriptions ranged from subtle to vividly popping depending on what was being highlighted at the time.

The main characters in this tale are quite well developed. I like how Kline really shows you both sides of their tale. It allows you to identify with both of them, rather than having a good guy & a bad guy. For the most part the supporting cast is developed in a manner that allows them to carry the story forward without overshadowing the main characters nor being simply a name on a piece of paper.

This is one of those stories that’s perfect for Christmas, or any time of the year really.

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