SarahBeth Pearson has made mistakes, and I might just be the biggest one of them all. After spending months keeping secrets and lying to everyone close to us, it’s all fallen apart and we are each left alone to pick up the pieces.
I’ve loved SarahBeth in one form or another her entire life. The steps that brought us closer together weren’t easy for me to take. After letting her dictate our relationship, I’ve found myself practically homeless and estranged from my closest friends.
Now I’m left trying to move on, finding a new place to live and getting everything I need in order, while she’s trying to mend her broken heart. There’s just one problem…SarahBeth’s still keeping secrets – and her secret just might change everything.
This is the continuing story of SarahBeth (SB) and Jeremy. We left off in the previous book where SarahBeth and Jeremy`s duplicity in keeping their relationship a secret caused untold pain to everyone (Jeremy, David, Lyric and herself)….and now they are broken up as a result of this duplicity. Some backstory….SarahBeth and David are siblings (10 year age gap) and when SB was 16 their parents died and David came home to be the “parental figure” in SB`s life, to provide stability by NOT removing her from the only home she had ever known. At the time, his best friend Jeremy returned with him to Nashville and they all lived together in the family home. Jeremy`s history is that his family life was horrible growing up…so David and SarahBeth are his stable, loving family. During this time, SB noticed Jeremy and Jeremy noticed SB as she matured into a young woman. In book two, we saw the relationship grow, albeit they were hiding the relationship from everyone they cared about (brother and best-friend David, Lyric, Olivia).
So where does this story go? The reader is taken on a journey where both SB and Jeremy both want and reject the relationship. With SB keeping the pregnancy a secret from Jeremy, I got the feeling that SB was just not growing up. Frankly…who cares if he is being a jerk, he has a right to know. As well, at each turn, it seems that both of them do not learn the lesson that keeping secrets is BAD! What thick heads they both have. That frustrated me a bit. Of course, that is what brought the drama to the story.
Very poignant section, when SB confronts Jeremy….Jeremy says:
“I just….. I can’t go back SarahBeth. We can’t go back. Our relationship caused so much hurt, for us and for other people. I can’t risk getting hurt like that again.”
“I’m sorry SarahBeth. This isn’t how I wanted things to happen.”
“Yet here we are. You didn’t want things to happen this way, but you’re the one who’s doing this. I will always, always love you, but I will never forgive you for this. Goodbye Jeremy.”
Another section which had me misty…and believing in Jeremy again.….
“Sarahbeth, I’ve loved you in one way or another your entire life.” Her eyes turn misty, and I have to clear my throat before I continue, “You are my life. You and Amelia. I want to spend the rest of my life with you both, going to sleep with you every night and waking up with you every morning. I want to watch you be a mother to our daughter, I want to watch you love her fiercely. As fiercely as you love me. There will never be anyone else for me but you, I will love you every single day.” ~ Jeremy Meloni
While I really enjoyed the ending of this story, I was not 100% as happy with the read as I was the prior two books in the series. I unfortunately cannot tell you why this book was rated a tad bit lower than the other two other than to say I was hoping for a bit more story line with other characters in the series.
Overall though, it is well worth continuing on with this series. If you are new to this series though, start and read all of the books in order!