When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.
When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.
When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.
Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.
When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.
WOW! So totally NOT what I expected.
I’ll be honest, I read the synopsis and had an idea in my head about what this book was going to be like. It seemed quite similar to some of my favorite dark reads, so I jumped at the chance to read it…little did I know, this is NOT a dark romance. This was no where near dark and I was extremely and pleasantly surprised at the direction this story took me. It was emotional and sad in some ways but had so much within the pages that actually uplifted me in a way.
Torrin is a boy that truly loved the girl next door. At seventeen years old he knows, without a shadow of a doubt, that he’s going to spend the rest of his life with her. Jude had her life ahead of her. With the cute and affectionate boy next door, a loving but protective family and college just around the corner, she’s living on cloud nine. But when she’s taken and ten years go by, she comes back to a life she doesn’t know and people she loves but are now strangers.
Jude finds it difficult to acclimate back into the life she once knew and that’s where I was pulled in and strapped to my seat. Jude’s strength was powerful. Sure she had her fears, confusion and bouts of despair… but with Torrin, her sweet love, she found the will to gather all the strength she could muster to fight for her way back. Torrin was her ultimate support and the only one that could reach her and help her to learn to live again, overcome the changes that occurred during the decade she was missing. I went through everything with her. I felt her every emotion. I understood when she was doling out forgiveness, I wanted to comfort her when she was feeling pain and I raged with her when she reached the anger stage of her recovery.
This story was so much more than I could have imagined and had an ending that was so perfect, I still can’t get it out of my mind. I’ve never read a Nicole Williams book before, but this book has made me a fan and I look forward to reading all of her past and future work.