Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 8th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?
Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.
Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.
Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he’s hiding.
Now it’s up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie’s broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?
*It’s a Stand-alone*
I cannot even begin to convey how this book make me feel. Once again I find myself blown away from Rita Branches writing! She has a way that gets you completely engrossed and the rest of the world fades away. This book was no exception. I swear I was crying or smiling in every chapter(seriously though I was ready to start ugly crying.)
Charlotte aka Charlie loosing her parents in a horrific way; shattering her life and dreams. She is forced to move in with her parents best friends and her ex best friend. The problem with living with Jacob is they hate each other passionately but it’s just a front. Charlie is barely surviving and doesn’t know how to handle Jake when she misses him so much. Jacob is holding huge secrets that force him to constantly push Charlie away but all he wants to do is mend her heart. Unfortunately life keeps punching the both of them in the face and throat, leaving them both broken and lost and not knowing how to find their way.
Loosing a loved one is one of the hardest things we will ever go through. Rita Branches depicts the sorrow and despair perfectly. You don’t even have to know the way it feels firsthand because you will feel every emotion that is coursing through the characters of this book. As much sadness as there is; there is also hope. Love conquers all and this book is a perfect depiction of the extent of that statement.
Many people will find different things/situations that they can relate to in this book. So many people suffer from depression, loneliness or suicidal thoughts and this book expresses the depth to what it is to feel those things. Jacob was the perfect exactly of what of a lot people need who go through these struggles. Even if you do not have experience with these emotions or circumstances, I would still recommend you take the time to read this book. You will learn so much and go on this amazing journey that we are fortunate enough to embark on.
About the Author
Hi! I’m Rita Branches. I was born and raised in Portugal and I’m going to independently publish my debut novel in the Spring of 2016, Painting Sky.
I am so happy that you decided to take a look at my work.
Little bit about myself: along with being a writer, I am also a landscape architect. I started writing to bring ‘to life’ the stories that my mind created.
I LOVE to read. It was and always will be my passion.
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