Escaping Heartbreak by Regina Bartley
It’s time for Sawyer to start living her life. Since she was fifteen she has taken care of everyone but herself, including her older brother Dane. She has been lying to herself to keep from feeling the pain of her parent’s death. Now she is twenty and she’s ready to start a life of her own. Moving into her parent’s lake house would be the perfect escape. Wouldn’t it? That’s what she thought. Only, it led her right into the emotional place she’s been hiding from all this time. All of those years of running from her feelings, she now has to face them. It’s too much. She can’t deal with it alone. Someone has to help. She’ll do anything to escape the heartbreak, but you can only run so far.
Travis can’t believe his eyes; his half-opened, blood shot eyes. Sawyer Evans was in the flesh and standing over him. He hadn’t seen this girl since he was ten years old. Travis only saw the Evan’s during the summer when they moved into the lake house. He and Dane were best friends. When Dane invited him and the old gang to a welcome back party at the Lake House, he couldn’t wait to go. It turns out getting wasted was only half the fun. Seeing Sawyer was the other half. She was the sexiest girl he’d ever seen and he was going to make sure that she knew it. Only she shot him down time and time again. He’s determined to break down those walls and get inside her head, but he’ll have to be sober to do it, and no matter how hard he tries, she’ll always run. He can’t keep chasing her. He has to figure out a way to make her stay.
It’s time to stop running, stop hiding, and start learning where the true escape lies. Everyone will face heartbreak, but not everyone will find love.
Bartley has done something that few others could, she's turned me into a mushy mess!
Sawyer is portrayed as a tough young woman who hasn't had the time to address her own grief following the death of her parents because she was too busy putting everyone elses needs and wants first.
Pretty soon she re-meets her first love Travis, the only boy that she ever let close enough to her heart to actually do damage.
Travis is fighting demons of his own when Sawyer crashes back into his life.
The supporting cast also deserve a mention, her best friend, Wren, is a strong character and i sense that we'll be seeing a lot more of her in the next book (available at the end of November)
But personally my favourite character is Waylon, Bartley wrote his and Travis' story in such a quiet and compassionate way that you couldn't help but be drawn to them. I defy any mother in the world not to want to pick those boys up and hug the life out of them.
I don't have enough praise in my fingertips, nor words in my head to do this review justice! so let me just say this...This is a book that will have you reaching for the tissues, this is a book that will touch your heart and begin to heal your soul, this is a book that will make reach for the one you love and hold on tight, in my opinion this is a book that will make even the iciest heart melt a little, this is a 5 star, unmissable emotional triumph! One click this bad boy asap!
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