If you love someone, let them go. If they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.
Me Before You is exactly what I needed after a long and heartbreaking read!
After one of the most heartbreaking times in her life, Sawyer Hartwell decides she needs a fresh start. So she moves away from her small town home, Willowhaven, and sets up shop in Seattle. Not only does she get a fresh start at life, she’s able to find love again with a wonderful guy named Grayson Jones.
Fate isn’t done toying with her yet because, in an instant, Grayson is murdered.
Now back at Willowhaven, Sawyer and her first love, Dean, must revisit the past and open old wounds to be able to move one… with or without each other.
… it wasn’t supposed to happen like this.
I really sympathized with Sawyer. Her pain leaks through the pages. The book is told in present tense with flashbacks sprinkled throughout the story and I didn’t really get a sense of how much her loss affected her until I was taken back in the past.
I’ll start with her husband Grayson first:
Bloodied. Swollen. Broken.
Her pain and desolation was palpable whenever she would think about Grayson. Hell, after a while I was beginning to mourn the guy. He truly wanted the best for Sawyer, even if what she needed was something he couldn’t give her.
And then Dean:
Who can forget their first love? There was so much hurt and desperation behind her feelings and her flashbacks but I always felt that there was a little hope there, too. They never got their closure and after so much time things began to fester. From the beginning I knew that they had to hash things out… and part of me couldn’t help but be curious as to what happened. What caused these lovestruck teenagers to part this way?
I’m sorry for so many things. For no listening. For not trusting her. For lying. For being so dang stubborn. For leaving.
I have to say, Dean did not have it easy at all. The more I began to understand him and learn about why he made certain decisions, the more I knew that no matter how things would end, Dean and Sawyer needed to talk.
One of my favorite things about the book was how Dean had to earn Sawyer’s trust back. He had to open her up… and woo her. That was fun to read about!
Something else I loved were the side characters, especially Aiden and Alix. They kept the story from getting to dark and brought some light and laughter to the mix. I’m hoping that they get their own story!
In reality, not everybody gets a second chance. Sometimes, once you screw up, you’re done. There’s nothing you can do to fix it or get back what you lost. But books like this remind me that, sometimes, you do get a second chance to do things right. To find love and happiness.
We live. We love. We endure. So I guess this is me.
*A copy of this book was generously provided in exchange for an honest review*
Book & Author Details
Book description: Widowed at twenty-five, Sawyer Hartwell has no choice but to return to her hometown. Broke and alone, the intention was to heal and find herself again, but how can she heal in a place filled with so much sorrow and memories she yearns to forget?
Dean Preston has regretted leaving Willowhaven since the day he rode off on his motorcycle six years ago, destroying the only love he had ever known. Returning too late, he’s found small comfort in a new life with Lily, but with Sawyer back he’s not sure of anything anymore.
The time has come for Sawyer and Dean to face the past, to learn from their mistakes. The road to healing is paved with old wounds, each one threatening to tear them down completely. Carrying their own scars close to their hearts, they must both confront what’s gone before or lose their second chance.
About the author: Mindy Hayes grew up in San Diego, California exploring her interest for singing and playing the piano. She first discovered her passion for reading when she had to take her first flight alone to South Carolina to visit her then fiancé. Mindy’s love for writing followed shortly after. She and her husband have now been married for six years and live in Summerville, South Carolina.