Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try. In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on. If only it were that easy. But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things? With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future.

Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Love, Lucas(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.)

“Is it possible to find happiness when it feels like you’ve lost not only yourself, but everyone you love?”

This was an okay story, but it just didn’t hold my attention.

I felt sorry for Oakley, and she was obviously going through a difficult time after her brother’s death. I thought her mother was being a bit harsh on her at times, and it did seem like everyone was expecting her to move on a bit too quickly.

“Honey, you should go. Go have fun. I’m worried about you. Ever since Lucas…” Her voice squeaks as she says his name. She clears her throat and takes a shaky breath. “Ever since we lost Lucas, you’ve built a wall around yourself. Maybe if you make some friends, you could be yourself again.”

The storyline in this was okay, but it felt like every other story I’ve read where a loved one has died. The things in Lucas’ letters were sentimental, but there wasn’t really anything new, and his words didn’t move me. I just didn’t really feel anything for him, and I didn’t feel the grief from Oakley either.

“Don’t let the fear of what other people may think of you stop you from pursuing the thing that might make you great.”

The only interesting bit of the story didn’t happen until the 80% mark, and unfortunately that didn’t even last long.
There was romance, but I wasn’t really interested in that either.

The ending to this was okay, but other than the event at 80%, I didn’t really enjoy this story.
6 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear you weren't too fond of this one. I agree that Lucas's letter weren't particularly inspiring however. They were a little dull.

    Rachel @ Rachel's Reading Corner