Book Title: It Starts With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
“It Starts With Us” by Colleen Hoover is a heart-wrenching contemporary romance novel that explores the themes of love, loss, and forgiveness. The book revolves around Lily Bloom, a young woman who has experienced significant trauma in her childhood due to her father’s abusive behavior. She falls in love with Ryle Kincaid, a successful neurosurgeon, and together they embark on a passionate romance.
As their relationship deepens, Lily begins to realize that Ryle has a dark side that he tries to hide from the world. He is haunted by his own painful past, which makes him struggle with his emotions and behavior. The story takes a dramatic turn when Lily meets her first love, Atlas Corrigan, who comes back into her life and makes her question everything she thought she knew about love and loyalty.
The book is told from Lily’s perspective, and the author does an excellent job of delving into her character’s psyche and emotions. The story is beautifully written, and the characters are well-developed, making it easy to empathize with them. Colleen Hoover’s writing style is engaging, and she keeps the reader hooked until the very end.
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What I appreciated most about this book is its portrayal of abusive behavior and the impact it has on the victim. The author doesn’t shy away from showing the ugly truth of domestic violence and its devastating effects on the victim and those around them. However, the book also offers hope and redemption, showing that forgiveness and love can heal even the deepest wounds.
In conclusion, “It Starts With Us” is a compelling novel that deals with important themes in a sensitive and thoughtful manner. It’s a must-read for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance novels with a message. Colleen Hoover has once again proven herself to be a master storyteller, and this book is sure to leave a lasting impression on readers.
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