on November 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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The heartwarming conclusion to What's Left of Me.
Love found me three years ago.
I’m cancer free, happily married to the love of my life, and working toward my dream career.
Our life is complete. Perfect, really.
Or is it?
I’ve always wanted a family of my own, but never dreamed I could have one. Now Parker’s ready to make my dream our reality.
But sometimes our dreams are haunted by our deepest fears. Fears of failure, having a child, and in our case … death. How do I help the person I love get over his fear when I’m still trying to overcome that same fear myself?
Together we must learn What’s Left of Us.
What’s Left of Us is the continuation of Parker and Aundrea’s story. We pick up their story three years later. Aundrea is cancer free and this story is about them building a future together. I adored What’s Left of Me. I remember not wanting to read it. It was about cancer and cancer sucks. I lost my dad to it. I knew reading a book about it would rip out my heart. Especially if written well. It had to be done right. And boy was it. I was completely bereft at the end of the book.
I’m grateful for everything, including my fear. Sometimes we need those reminders to be fully awake. To really see life.
That right there is the heart of this story. It’s facing the fear of the unknown. Accepting the past, hoping for the future. Not knowing what may or may not happen but not letting it get in the way. I love this part of Amanda Maxlyn’s writing. She knows how to tap into that part of us that fears death. I’m assuming she has some real life experience that allows her to explore this side of cancer. I don’t have that experience, I only know that for me cancer resulted in losing. So to read those parts of this story, well it was touching. Both Parker and Aundrea face the same reality however, they carry much different fears.
I dove into this story expecting the same angsty feel of book one. Yes now Aundrea is cancer free, however there is so much more that I knew could be expanded on. I expected mega angst. I expected to cry…a lot. Instead I was left feeling frustrated and confused. I wasn’t connecting to the story or the characters anymore. I found myself skimming the sex scenes. It’s really hard to write a sex scene in a book with married couples and make them necessary. I didn’t need to read over and over again how much they loved each other, the sex to me, was just filler. I was waiting for the story to start which it did, around 60 percent in.
I’m not one to shy away from dual pov’s. I love to get inside the male protagonists head and see things through their eyes. In some stories they’re totally necessary and add to the story. Parker is obviously head over heels for Aundrea. The sun rises and sets to her and only her. I get it. I just didn’t feel that his chapters were enough. They felt forced and out of place to me. I would have liked every Parker chapter be about his struggles, fears, etc. regarding Aundrea’s health. It would have connected the story for me. To read Aundrea chapters that scoped out the main plot and then have his chapters thrown in to show what’s happening just beneath the surface. All his fears seemed to be brought out by a specific event and I get that. But there was no reason why self doubt couldn’t have been playing in the background subtly. Then this one event would bring all of that flooding to the surface making it unavoidable. No more sweeping it under the rug.
Parker and Aundrea’s story had some real merit. There were valid and serious issues that both of them needed to face. Mortality is something that young couples rarely think about unless they have to and these two really do have to face it. It was a perfect venue for all the other life issues that came up. It should have been a more clear current running through the pages in my opinion. The chapters that dealt with these issues were fantastic and I found myself really digging in and even shedding a tear or two. I desperately wanted throughout the entire book.
I see a lot of potential for growth and I very much look forward to reading more from Amanda Maxlyn.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*