Monday, 16 March 2015

All The Roads by J. Cotter

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author J. Cotter.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
“It has been so long since we’ve seen each other… It seems silly that we can’t, you know, chat and catch up.” She tried to play at being casual and nonchalant, looking calmly in his direction. “No,” Jay replied slowly, “it isn’t silly at all.” On a rainy spring morning, Jay stops for coffee in a small Alaskan town. The last thing he ever expects is to see her, after almost 18 months of silence between them. As he fumbles for words, he realizes that she, unlike anyone else, has the power to render him speechless. All The Roads offers a thoughtful glimpse into the delicate nature of a developing relationship, as well as the fallout that comes with misperceptions and unmet expectations. Told as a series of poignant moments intermixed with vivid memories, All The Roads reads both as a novel as well as a series of short stories. The stories are interwoven carefully, moving backwards and forwards in time, culminating in a multifaceted novel. From the onset of the novel, it is clear that Jay and Elle have a past; running into each other haplessly leaves them both feeling winded and uncomfortable. Elle continues on from Alaska to a rented apartment in Maine, where she is set to begin working on a small film. Jay leaves for Anchorage before heading back to California. Their distance is minimized, however, by a constant flow of memories and thoughts, which hauntingly intertwine the two of them. Jay and Elle met at a Christmas party almost six years prior to their awkward Alaskan run-in, immediately recognizing in the other a fellow introvert seeking a break from the hum of the party. When they part ways the following morning, each feels an odd tug to stay with the other. Brushing it off, they separate, with plans to see each other in June with a group of friends for a summer road trip. Their relationship, which begins slowly as a powerful and intense friendship, ends abruptly, shocking them both with its finality and loss. All The Roads offers a unique perspective on a relationship in the modern world, pairing important turning points in Jay and Elle’s past with crucial moments in their present. Readers are invited to contemplate the complexity of all relationships, as well as the role we play in keeping our relationships genuine and fulfilling.

All The Roads by J. Cotter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All The Roads(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author J. Cotter.)

“I love you Elle,” he said softly. She shivered a little. “I love you, too. More than you know.”

This was a really sweet and heart-breaking love story, and I really want a sequel!

“I’m willing to risk anything, everything, to have you.”

I liked Elle and Jay in this story, although I found it a little surprising that being such an introvert Elle would put herself in such a public role as an actress. She was really good at what she did, but she really did prefer to be in the periphery of things! It seemed really hard on her when people were watching her and paying attention to what she was doing, but that was bound to happen seeing as she had been in some quite famous films.

“Elle, now, let’s not be dramatic. Does any of this change our feelings for each other? What we have is private, and intimate, and beautiful. A million pictures won’t change that.”

Jay on the other hand, did some things that I didn’t like, and I just couldn’t understand why he did what he did at times! He seemed to love her so much, but then hurt her so badly! It was so sad.

“I missed you today. I don’t like shopping without you. Or napping without you. Or doing anything without you.”

The storyline in this was good, and there were certain chapters that were just spellbinding. The scene between Elle and Jay at the beach was just heart-breaking, and knowing that there was a break-up coming was just so upsetting!

“Jay started at the phone, never wanting to talk to her more in his life than now. He missed her.”

The romance in this was really sweet and touching, and Elle and Jay really were made for each other. I really, really, really wanted this pair to make it!

“I don’t understand it, but things have changed for me. I feel empty each day, and I spend my time pretending to be someone I am not. I need you… I want things to feel real again.”

Some of the scenes between Jay and Elle were just so emotional, and it was so hard to see them apart and hurting!

“I’ve spent a lot of time missing you Elle… I don’t want to miss you anymore.”

The ending to this was a little disappointing for me. I wanted more! I wanted more romance, and I wanted a concrete happily ever after! If the ending had been more solid this book would have been a 5-star read for me. I really, really need a sequel!
Overall; a spellbinding, breath-taking romance,
8 out of 10

“He was aware that his feelings for her were growing more complicated by the minute.”

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