Book: Deep Down, #1 of TBA
Series: Lockhart Brothers
Author: Brenda Rothert
Publisher and Publication Date: Silver Sky Publishing, Inc., 05/05/2015
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.*
My Review in a Nutshell:
I wasn’t ready.
I never pay attention to warnings. Don’t rip off the tag on your mattress? *slowly rips while giggling* Read the Terms and Conditions? Amazon most likely owns my first born child. This is one of those times where I should have taken the warning to heart. Be prepared, Deep Down is extremely, incredibly, and utterly heartbreaking, sometimes disturbing. But this emotional roller coaster is undoubtedly worth it.
What’s It All About?
Ivy is pregnant, the last thing she expected to happen. Even more unexpected, is her college career, as well as her home, must all be left behind in order for her to survive. Her hometown is no longer safe for her and her unborn child. With nowhere in mind, Ivy drives away, letting her heart and gut lead her to a new place she will call home. Ivy struggles every day, emotionally, financially, and most definitely romantically. She has warded off all men and focuses solely on her son, until Reed enters her life, forcing her to face emotions she buried deep inside her long ago.
I cannot repeat this enough, please be prepared to cringe while hiding behind your hand as you peek through your fingers and try to stomach through the first forty pages. What Ivy endured… It was almost too much to handle. But the perseverance Ivy presents in the aftermath was inspiring to read, as well as the epic drama that you just KNEW would eventually explode. After those forty pages pass, with a snap of a finger, Ivy’s story becomes more light and hopeful, just like that. How does Brenda do that!? The fresh setting and mood was eerily similar to Gilmore Girls’ Stars Hollow, I could not have been more in love with the small town vibe and quirky townspeople. And of course Reed had me melting like a Popsicle on a hot summer day. I enjoyed the fact that Reed and Ivy’s relationship was slow going (but not too slow) and not BOOM “we’re in love”, and that Ivy’s journey wasn’t drowned out by romance, but amplified by it.
Brenda’s ability to intertwine difficult topics with romance never ceases to amaze me. And you can always bank on an admirable heroin you immediately root for. From start to finish I was enthralled. I wish I could indulge more of what the plot line is, without spoiling everything, but this is one of those times that you have to trust me and read to see. Deep Down brought out emotions I did not know existed, hence the fifteen screen shots in my phone of quotes that either put me in tears, or empowered me.
My Favorite Quotes:
“Tell stories that matter. Diction is about characters who don’t exist, but their pain and sorrow and joy are very real.”
“Because going out with an attractive intelligent man who is obviously ass over teakettle for you would be so awful?”
“Let the anger and betrayal boil over and you’ll feel stronger. You’ll be stronger.”