Author Anna Bloom turned down a publishing contract and went down the indie route to bring us this standalone romance. Check out my 5 star review and enter the giveaway where you could a $20 gift card, and some signed goodies!
Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Mature YA
Release Date: July 28th, 2014
Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever.
When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change forever, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart?
Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again.
With so many books being released that are based in the US, I love it when I find a great read set in the UK, and Anna Bloom just keeps on delivering. I fell in love with the characters in her witty series The Uni Files, and she’s succeeded once again with this beautiful standalone romance set in a beach town of Cornwall.
With an overall theme of redemption and an undercurrent of bullying, GONE had me hooked from the very beginning. Bloom’s talent for grabbing hold of the readers attention and not letting go was used in full force in her latest release, as I got lost in Bex and Joshua’s stories.
This wasn’t just a case of boy meets girl. It was a cleverly woven tale about two broken characters with secrets and pain they hold close to their hearts, and how one chance meeting started to unravel their carefully planned lives.
There was so much that I loved about this series. The setting. The characters. The slow reveal of the secrets. The letters. The writing. The romance. The intrigue. The feelings of loss, helplessness, and pain, but also the fulfilment of love, hope, and forgiveness. I loved the meaning behind the bangles, and the paintings, and Daisy. Just…everything.
Joshua (dreadlock boy) and Bex were great characters, and it loved watching their interactions with each other and seeing their romance unfold within the pages. I was definitely swooning over Joshua on more than one occasion, and my heart was fit to bursting with how far both these characters came throughout the book.
A very worthy read, and my favourite Bloom book to date.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*