Today we are thrilled to be sharing our 5-star review of Brittainy C. Cherry’s all-new contemporary romance, ELEANOR & GREY
Greyson East left his mark on me.
As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.
Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.
When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.
I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.
The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.
When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only.
He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.
But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.
I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF
Eleanor Gable and Grey East’s story captivated me from the word go and although I had no plans to review this tear-jerker of a read, it certainly merits mentioning. Cherry has delivered a story which is unputdownable, covers everything that I look for in what is my favourite genre, contemporary romance and focuses on how grief is overcome with utmost sensitivity. Being pushed for time meant I did all-nighter…no regret there except the result was a very damp pillow and very red eyes in the morning!
The author’s narrative and timeline flow smoothly; however, it saddened me to see how one of the protagonist’s life had developed in later years. The story starts out with teenage platonic love, a deep understanding, a friendship I thought would never end. Greyson gives Eleanor hope to carry on; she, in turn, discovers that he’s been suffering in silence and they’re simply there for each other.
‘If he was a book character, he’d be the hero.’
But life gets in the way and gradually these two youngsters lose contact. Even though there’s a huge time gap, I didn’t miss those lost years. Later, when the bomb dropped, here begins what felt like another heart-wrenching tale of woe. And I know tragedy is unmeasurable but I found the second part of the book even more distressing than the first.
“Fear’s okay, as long as you don’t let it drown you.”
Young Eleanor got me at the drop of a hat. Ooh, her reading material…her choice was perfect and took me back to many a night when I used to read those books to my son. And her love of dragonflies, her dress sense and more importantly, her attitude. She’s a self-confessed introvert but takes no nonsense from her peers. If she doesn’t like what’s going on around her, she buries her head in a book. She escapes. From a loving family, nothing could go wrong. Or could it?
‘It was sad that so many people went through life without knowing they were filled with magic.’
Grey. Ooh my goodness me. Did I shed a bunch of tears over him! Yeap, get ready for ugly cries ladies ‘cause you’d have to made of tough stuff not to. A lad who should have had everything to live for has his own issues to deal with. Then fast-forward and the Grey I’d grown to feel deeply for, who Eleanor knew, had changed. That loving boy’s gone; he’s aloof, stern and emotionally closed off towards his daughters when they need him more than ever. Except for work, he has a virtually non-existent homelife and his prickly demeanour frosts what should have been a loving and safe environment for his gals.
‘Grief shows its face and it unforgivingly drowns you, and for a while, you wonder if staying under the water would be better than ever breathing again.’
I have to add that this hurt me no end and it made me think that there wasn’t an end to Grey agonizing over what had happened. However, consequences play a huge part and just maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“Live in this moment, my dragonfly. Live fully in the moment.”
One cannot argue the importance of family and Cherry’s made every possible effort to drive this message home to her readers. She’s also gone above board in regards to healing, self-forgiveness, and acceptance. Grey’s girls, his mother-in-law and best friend, Landon…I adored them all. Eleanor’s cousin is a real case and a half and hoping to see more of her and Landon. Beautifully written, I highly recommend reading this book that’ll evoke all the feels you didn’t think you had in you. Bravo Cherry!
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Author Brittainy C. Cherry is an Amazon #1 bestselling author.
She has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.
Her novels have been published in 18+ countries around the world. Brittainy lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her fur babies.
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