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on November 23, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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She is a woman on the run. Pain, loneliness and terror are what she is leaving. Where she is headed doesn’t matter as long as it’s away from the hell her life has become.
Joshua Bennett is trapped in a prison of his own making by the memories of his past. Traumatized and isolated, he is a reclusive writer, living a quiet, lonely life, his only companion his dog, Bear. It is what he knows, what he has accepted to be his life.
One dark night, one huge storm, and one ice patch brings them together. He finds himself with an unexpected houseguest with no memory. She wakes up a stranger to herself and the man watching her. Even more mysterious is the lack of any sort of identification with her or in her car. She is an enigma to both of them.
Trapped by the storm and isolated from the outside world, they slowly open up, learning to trust and love, until the world once again shows up, threatening the fragile peace of their newly discovered world, and tearing them apart.
There are many twists and turns as they struggle to find each other, overcoming both the mental and physical elements that keep them apart.
A story about overcoming our fears, finding love and learning to live again
I read this during the perfect time, weather-wise. We were in the middle of an ice storm here in Texas, and it seemed like a perfect time to pick it up. Into the Storm will make you feel love, trust, and you can empathize with the characters.
Rabbit is such a great character. She is the first character to open up this book. You can feel the fear radiate off of her, but you’re not completely sure of what her story is. When she wakes up with no memory, she’s scared, but doesn’t have many problems opening up to the man who saved her, Joshua. He is definitely a hermit. He doesn’t leave his house. He has very little face-to-face interaction with people in general. He’s protective and distant all at the same time when it comes to Rabbit. As soon as he starts feelign something for her, he tries to push her away.
My only complaint with how the story flows is that you don’t have a an exact idea of the time that passes. You have a guess due to the weather, but that’s it. There are quite a few tense moments, and I felt the emotions completely. Neither of these characters really know if they should trust their feelings, but they have certain gut feelings about the situations that come up. I don’t want to say a whole lot, because it could spoil some of the book for you. I will say that if you have issues reading about abuse, then this may be a hard read for you. Joshua is completely infuriated when he sees the bruises on Rabbit’s body when he finds her.
I did love how we got to see so far into their lives toward the end of the book. It’s a definite conclusion, and there’s no guess work to figure out what they are up to.
If you’re looking for an emotional read, that really pulls at your heartstrings this is it. It’s not a complete downer read at all, there are plenty of happy moments that happen. The secondary characters were great in this book, and add to the whole story.