In 2012 I fell in love when I read Beautiful Disaster. It was at a time when I was just getting back into reading and this book helped me on my way back to a love that has stayed with me since then.
Its a tale of first love, but this first love runs deep and is lasting…..and of course there is a BIG secret!
Here is the blurb:
The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.
Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.
Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.
Intrigued? I certainly was.
And I have a message from Elliott…..
My name is Elliott. You don’t know my story yet, but you will. I spent my summers with my aunt and uncle just down the street from Catherine. She lives in a looming, rickety bed and breakfast called the Juniper, and spends most of her time outside, away from the memories that live between the Juniper’s walls amidst more tangible dangers that I never knew existed until now.
It’s not so much that I fell in love or even that I fought for it, but that a war is waging inside Catherine’s home—one I can’t fight for her. It doesn’t matter how strong I am, or how determined I am to stay. I can only get close enough to observe her pain in detail. And, so I stay, and wait, and help her the only way I know how; to do what I couldn’t for her before.
I hope you’ll understand.
CJR THE BRIT REVIEW
The story of 2 kids with a bit of a crap life. Fighting parents, jobs lost, hardly no friends. And they find solace in each other…..which turns into more.
Although it felt like it dragged in places, it was beautiful. I really loved Elliott and Catherine.
‘His words felt like a sunrise, a sunset, a beautiful dream, waking from a nightmare. It was every wonderful moment balled into one.’
But that secret though….never saw that coming in the slightest!!!
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