4.5 TRANSCEND STARS
This was such a special read and the best part, I was so not expecting it! It crept up on me: this story, this family, these characters wormed their way into my heart.
“...love is about fighting, accepting and making things work because you want to be with the person who makes you a better version of yourself.”
At first, I wasn't sure this book was for me, the book starts in AJ's (Ainsley Janine) POV and I could feel how numb, how devoid of emotion she was. It bothered me because I didn't know if I'd be able to connect to her. But this all changed at about the 7-8% mark when she meets with Gabriel (Gabe), her father, and the story shifts to a dual POV: AJs and Gabe's. Again, this threw me for a loop because how was a daughter/father story going to work? This was supposed to be a romance, right?
Ms. Burgoa does a brilliant job in creating such an original story in bringing it to like in a very unique yet poignant way. This was an emotional read...
yet so relatable even though the story revolves around a celebrity’s life because it’s about family and the relationships and dynamics which we can all relate to.
“…a family – the love of my life and three children who I love so much, I’d give my life for them.”
The plot hangs on the concept of time, that weaves through our lives, our memories, emotions and even the mundane.
Yet, it’s not chronological, Ms. Burgoa takes us from past to present and back in a storytelling fashion that’s captivating. Time weaves the threads of these lives and it gets messy but it also makes sense. I ended up loving AJ and fully understanding why she was the way she was and I just adore the entire Colhurst-Decker family. There are such complex, beautiful and flawed characters and even some characters that I have a hard time liking although I feel for them. But all of it was just moving.
“I want us together, evolving every day. If no one agrees with who I am and who I love, I don’t give a shit. It’s you, only you, I want.”
“A love story, his and mine. Ordinary and yet extraordinary. One, unlike any other. You know how they say there’s not two fingerprints alike in the world…like that.”
I highly recommend this gem! There's love, laughter, loyalty, lies, secrets, friendship, heartbreak, family and also hope. I'm so glad there is more of the Colthurst-Decker clan and I'm so looking forward to Mason's story, Unsurprisingly Complicated. Thank goodness, I don't have to wait too long.
ARC generously provided by my GR friends Didi and Carol (thanks lovelies) in exchange for an honest review.