Jan 29, 2016

Where One Goes by B.N. Toler REVIEW

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What happens when the very thing ruining your life ends up saving it?
I was never one to believe in spirits—until six years ago, when a bone-chilling accident changed my life... forever. 
My name is Charlotte, but most people call me Char... and I have a special gift. 
I talk to the dead. 
Make no mistake, I can’t summon them. I’m only able to see and speak to the spirits that linger when they’re unable to crossover. They’re somehow weighted to the world with unfinished affairs. And for the last six years, I've relentlessly used my gift to help their lost souls.
But it’s come at a price. My life is dark. Feeling despondent, I've begun to give up. And in helping the dead, I've realized I haven’t allowed myself to live. With no money, no place to go, and most importantly... no hope, I've decided there is only one option—to end it all.
But fate is a funny thing. One minute, I’m about to leap to my death, and the next, I’m saved by Ike McDermott. The strong, striking soldier stopped me from putting an end to my despair. He’s the kind of man that smiles and brightens an entire room. 
Sweet and gentle.
He is my savior.
And he’s dead.
We've made an agreement. He’ll help me find a place to stay and a new job if I’ll help him with his unfinished business so that he may crossover.
Ike’s unfinished matter involves his twin brother, George. George has been falling apart since Ike’s death and Ike has not been able to compel himself to crossover in peace until he knows George will be okay.
When I agreed to help, little did I know that I’d fall in love with the charming folks of Bath County, and... Ike and George McDermott. 
Now, as both brothers own equal parts of my heart, I am faced with a cruel and unfair predicament. In saving George, I must let go of Ike. 
But how does one let go of half of their heart?
ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 (But it was a 4.5 closer to 5 than to 4 hence the rating)

At first I thought it was a creepy story. Given the plot and the introduction, I was actually scared that it was a scary book. But with a little courage, I pushed through. And I couldn't be more happy with myself for continuing to read because it turned out to be a really touching book.

I couldn't comprehend how you could love two persons at the same time (yes, even if the other one's dead which, if you ask me, makes it even harder to imagine) but B N Toler wrote it beautifully that you didn't have a moment to contemplate how Char could possibly be in love with both Mc Dermott twins.

Probably the most unique storyline I encountered recently (considering it's a far cry from HP, Hunger Games, The Selection, Lunar Chronicles, etc.) and I loved every second of it <3

I was deeply saddened by Ike and Char's love story but really elated when George and Char ended up together (oops). I guess I can see where Char came from - loving them both but in different ways. I just couldn't see myself being in her position.

The way this book made me felt was incredible. It gives you insights (although no one could verify if there are really souls in unrest lurking) on what lies after this life. What's more heart-wrenching is it gives you a blow-by-blow account of what deaths of loved ones does to people.

By page 700 or so, I was in tears!! It hurt so much but it was calming as well (kinda like how Ike felt when he was about to go). More books like this please!



  

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