Falling out of love is the hardest thing in the world.
And Elin and Ty Whitt are terrible at it.
The first time the local basketball star smiled at Elin, she was a goner. It was just so damn easy to fall for the dark-haired hometown hero with his charming smile and strong, athletic build.
Thousands of sleepy smiles, aimless drives down country roads, and squeaks of the backdoor after a swing shift later, reality hits. And it hits hard. Falling in love was definitely the easy part. Watching it break apart was impossible.
Through the tears, the second-guesses, the memories of a life built together, the world keeps spinning. With each turn comes clarity and hope—sometimes in the form of a pair of muddy boots by the back door or from the words of a wise friend.
When Ty shows back up with a new found determination to put his family back together, Elin’s torn between the fights of the past and the possibility of a new start. This is the man that holds her heart, the man she loves beyond anything else. But this is also the one person in the world that can cause her the most pain.
Life’s not always easy. Love’s not for the faint of heart. But with life comes lessons and Ty and Elin have the scars to prove it. But it’s their love written in those scars that will hold them together … or break them apart.
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“A book you must read—just keep the Kleenex close.” – NYT Bestselling author Melanie Moreland
“Written in the Scars is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I give it all the stars.” – author Rachel Brookes
“This book … one of the most emotionally powerful and beautifully written books I’ve ever read.” – BB Belle, Goodreads review
“A top read of 2016 … Impeccable and stellar!” – Dawn, Divas Book Lounge
“The words will seep into your soul.” – Books and Boys Book Blog
“What a beautiful book that left me in tears.” – Minxes Love Books
“I should go in,” she says, looking up at me.
“It’s cold in there.”
She shrugs and I see her start to slip away from me again. Frantic, I struggle to find a way to stop it.
“Let’s go for a drive,” I suggest.
She looks at me warily.
“It’s just a drive,” I promise. “The house can warm up and then I’ll drop you back off, if that’s what you want. What can it hurt?”
“You won’t try to make out with me or anything, right?” she teases. “Because I know that look in your eye, Tyler Whitt.”
“Only if you ask,” I wink, opening the door to my truck and watching her climb in. Before I shut it, I lean in and whisper into her ear. “Hey, E.”
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This book is not your typical love story. Most of them start from when boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after. However, Written in the Scars starts with the main couple of the story (Ty and Elin) already married. It’s the story about what happens when you are faced with life happenings and have to choose whether to fight for your marriage or throw in the towel.
After an accident at work, Ty is without a job which severely affects their finances. This, along with the stress of unsuccessfully trying to have a baby, the couple is at its last straw. Ty leaves. Much to Elin’s surprise, he shows back up months later trying to reconcile with Elin.
I really like this story. Often you hear about couples giving up when life gets in the way. They forget about what made them get married in the first place, the love they once shared. In today’s society it is so easy to get divorced. Sign a couple of documents, appear in front of a judge, and it’s done. Unfortunately, more often than not, more and more marriages are ending up that way. Ty and Elin are on the brink of giving up, but one thing brings them back together…their love. Through all of the obstacles that life throws at them, they remember how they looked at each other when they first met, on their first date, when they married, and then grew together in the marriage. They remember their love. Their love that is so strong it can pull them through all of life’s hurdles.
This is such a great story that brought a smile to my face. I loved reading about their story and their unbreakable love.
***A very special thank you to Give Me Books Blog for an Advanced Reader’s Copy for my true and unbiased opinion.***