There’s something infinitely romantic about the notion of a great love surviving beyond death, of two soulmates finding a way back to one another even after one of them crosses over to the great beyond, and J.T. Geissinger’s latest offering is a true gift to romantics everywhere. Told with soulful prose and empathy, this is a tale of loss, grief, hope, destiny, and above all, love—undefeatable, everlasting love. It’s a powerful, poignant story that stays with you long after you’ve read it, and keeps popping into your mind when you least expect it.
I’ve died a thousand deaths since the day I lost Cass. People say time heals all wounds, but that’s a lie. Grief is a chronic disease. The pain just keeps on coming.
After five years of being stuck in a perpetual state of grief and sadness brought on by the sudden loss of the only man she’s ever loved, and in an effort to give her life some purpose again, Megan Dunn decides to uproot her whole life and move across two states to the small coastal town of Seaside, Oregon. She buys a rundown old inn near the beach planning to restore it to its former glory, but from the moment she drives into town, she is met by the dark, unwelcoming presence of a man who appears to resent her at first sight.
“Why do I feel like I know you? Why are you everywhere, even though all you want to do is avoid me?”
Refusing to be made to feel unwelcome in her new home, Megan throws herself immediately into the planning of her new restoration project, but a creeping sense of disquiet keeps following her, materialising itself time and time again in the mysterious form of a man who appears to be either watching her, or watching over her. And in the depths of his expressive brown eyes, she is stunned to find pain and longing matching her own.
“…you make all my broken parts bleed.”
As she learns more and more about the enigmatic Theo Valentine, her every interaction with him only confuses her even further, nothing about him making sense, yet everything about him feeling eerily familiar. And every time their bodies touch, a jolt of recognition takes over her, making her dare to believe in the impossible.
“I don’t care if we’re crazy. You make me believe that all the things I stopped believing in might actually exist.”
Despite my inherent scepticism and the many many questions I am still dying to ask, I was utterly smitten from the get-go. J.T. Geissinger’s writing is seductive, intoxicating, addictive—it pulls you in like a current, until you’re sucked into the story with no chance of escaping, or any desire to do so. A beautifully crafted, unique tale of mystery, second chances, and of true love conquering all, this book stirred the dreamer in me, and took me on an emotional journey like no other.
I love you, sweet pea. I’ll love you ’til the end of time.