Death changes everyone…
To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?
Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she’s stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father’s. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness…until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there’s more to that life than pain.
But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?
Addison and Zander both have secrets they aren’t ready to share. When the truth finally comes out, is it enough to tear them apart or has something bigger than themselves always been watching over them, pushing them together, making sure they both get their happily ever after?
4.5 HEARTBREAKING, EMOTIONAL, TOUCHING STARS!!! Watch Over Me is such real story about the impact that life’s tragedies can have on us and the struggle that just living can be in the wake of them. This one touched my heart and had the tears flowing. I think that this story is one than anyone can relate with.
Addison has led a pretty normal life with her focus being school and her pending high school graduation. But everything abruptly changes when Addison’s mom passes away. They had been very close. So, her mother’s death turns Addison’s world upside down. To make matters worse, Addison’s dad can’t quite get over the loss himself and turns to his own devices to drown the pain. Everything becomes too much for Addison and she only sees one way out.
But Addison must learn how to move on. This proves to be much easier said than done. She just can’t find it in herself to return to the full of personality girl she used to be. Everyone in her life has let her down one way or another. Therefore, trust in mankind is off the table for Addison.
While trying to deal with her new-found responsibilities, Addison meets Zander. Zander has an instant attraction to Addison and is able to win her over with his sweet little notes that he leaves for her. Zander is so in tune with Addison’s needs and he is so understanding with Addison’s hesitation to open herself up completely. The more understanding that Zander is, the more Addison wants to learn to live again. But, Addison and Zander both have secrets. And once these secrets are revealed, they threaten to ruin everything.
Addison’s story absolutely broke my heart. Even though I have not personally dealt with similar circumstances, I completely related to her. She was so clearly lost and every ounce of me understood why. Her emotions were so real that I felt them along with her. I constantly found myself wanting to jump into the story and give her a great big hug. Life had dealt her some tough cards and I was rooting for her to find a way to overcome it all.
Zander was definitely her saving grace. He was perfect! When his secrets were revealed, my heart sank at the fear that it would ruin everything that they had worked so hard for.
This was such a heart touching story and definite must read. The look at the emotions felt after the loss of a loved one were spot on and evoke so many emotions in the reader. Reading the evolution of how Addison deals with her loss had me considering what I would do in her shoes. It is something that no one so young should have to deal with. But, unfortunately there are so many young people across the world facing this same tragedy. I would absolutely recommend that you add this one to your TBR list.
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About Tara Sivec:
T.E. Sivec is the pen name for Tara Sivec. Under T.E. Sivec, she delves into a more serious genre that is her absolute favorite to read – romantic suspense. She loves reading a book and feeling her heart speed up with anticipation and wanted to be able to give that feeling to her fans. T.E. lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, living the dream of being a full-time writer.
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