New York Times bestselling author of On the Island, Tracey Garvis Graves, presents the compelling, hopelessly romantic novel of unconditional love.
Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.
Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game―and his heart―to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.
Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.
Annika and Jonathan met during college. She is awkward and would rather have books than people around her. She slowly allows Jonathan into her small world. Due to various circumstances (MUST READ TO FIND OUT!) they go their separate ways. Jonathan gets married and divorced. Annika gets an advanced degree and achieves her dream job at the Chicago Public Library. They accidentally run into each other one day in Chicago and both of their worlds change.
Jonathan is now my new book boyfriend. These two have such a strong connection. Jonathan has to be the most patient person ever. And he truly loves Annika. It comes out in every turn of the page. Annika is not like most women. She does not like to be touched, she cannot stand to be around people and she makes many social gaffes. She has struggled her whole life to overcome her awkwardness and she has, for the most part, done real well. But, to keep her relationship with Jonathon going, she must overcome more obstacles than she realizes.
This story completely captivated me. I started reading it on a Friday and finished it on Saturday. I have never read a sweeter story in all my reading life. I even texted my friend over at Silversreviews , just to let her know I was about to ugly cry. And I do not cry during books. This one had me tearing up! Let me tell you! Need a fantastic, captivating and emotional read, grab this one!
I received this novel from St. Martin’s Press for a honest review.