Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Lea and AndrewÔÇÖs story continues in this sequel to My Lea. From the city of San Francisco, the tale journeys on to the other part of the world: Jakarta, Bali, and Tokyo.
ItÔÇÖs been five years since Andrew walked out of his apartment and left Lea in America. Five long years without any single contact.
Andrew is now a twenty-eight-year-old man who just inherited his fatherÔÇÖs business empire and is about to marry the granddaughter of the wealthiest man in Singapore.
At twenty-four, Lea is in the early process of sorting out her life and career back in her home country.
When AndrewÔÇÖs father passed away, they are reunited again for the first time since America. Like it or not, they are forced to revisit their past and deal with their unfinished business. For most people love is the answer to everything. But Lea and AndrewÔÇÖs love is far from ordinary. Theirs is tainted by sin and guilt. And anger. Lots of anger.
What happened five years ago that made Andrew leave?
What happened after Twin Peaks?
What happened to their baby?
Told in both past and present events, I WonÔÇÖt Break tests the limit of love when faced with grief and heartbreak, discovers the true power of forgiveness, and explores the meaning of second chances.
I Won't Break is the sequel to My Lea (A Broken Love Story series) and cannot be read as a standalone.Due to mature theme and content, this book is not suitable for readers under 18.
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After the turmoil experienced by Lea and Andrew in My Lea, I WonÔÇÖt Break is a magical finale. ItÔÇÖs such a moving story, told through flashbacks and present day in both Lea and AndrewÔÇÖs perspectives. This story left me aching for this couple, experiencing spontaneous tears and subsequent relief. In My Lea, we are left to question how the characters are going to move past a mound of hurt and betrayal. In I WonÔÇÖt Break, E. Mellyberry doesn’t shy away from strife and again we are left wondering if and how things can be made right.
The way in which the story unfolds makes this a mesmerizing read. It doesnÔÇÖt pick up at the end of My Lea. We are suddenly five years and apparently many tears in the future. Told in eight parts, we flow back and forth in time and slowly but surely we come to understand what drove the story line to now be set thousands of miles and continents away. From the first lines of the prologue,it became a mystery read to me. We learn about the loss Lea and Drew faced and I spent a good part of the story with my nerves on end. It’s not just how it’s plotted though. The writing is truly lyrical and soulful. I write a lot of reviews and I rarely use those terms, when I do I donÔÇÖt do so lightly.
Mellyberry uses clever descriptions across the story line that maintains what we know of Lea and Andrew and puts us in the frame of mind of our characters. Lea might be one of my favorite young heroines. There were times I could so clearly hear her voice as she muses ÔÇ£She didnÔÇÖt want to go back. SheÔÇÖd chosen sugar, damn it, not lemon.ÔÇØ But she doesnÔÇÖt always get what she wants. I liked her for being sensible and strong and I felt the ache in my throat as she mummers how she feels and insist they stop making assumptions about each other. Lea broke me and left the caregiver in me wanting to grab her and hold on tight. She faces down her past and tries to move forward. I was so engrossed in the story that I never stopped to consider any other options for her life. She was destined for one man and now needed closure, an explanation at the very least. There are points where I found that it was all I could hope for. Odd for a romantic like me.
Now as for Andrew, well I found Andrew very perplexing. There were times, in the segments in the past, that I was quite frightened for and of him. His behavior is erratic and he shows signs that appear to be related to PTSD. He was a tortured soul without an idea on how to make peace and took the immature way out. In the present, I was a bit more worried about Andrew then I could have anticipated. He is pretty much stewed in heartbreak and grief and much of his behavior is driven by things he canÔÇÖt change. I felt so much sympathy for him. HeÔÇÖs not a cruel man, but faced with his past he finds himself saying cruel things. Ones that linger in the mind. ItÔÇÖs only when he realizes that heÔÇÖs just drawn the final line in the sand that he starts to grow and his relief is palpable. Yes, I felt quite a bit of elation on the change in circumstances.
Mellyberry is a very skilled storyteller. The character observations are poignant and the inner dialogue gives a well rounded perception of the characters. Lea and Andrew are surrounded by an amazing group of friends and family members. One thing I really enjoyed was how the story describes the Asian culture and familial expectations. It helps to establish parameters but doesn’t overwhelm them as individuals. I WonÔÇÖt Break is a stunning read and probably one of my favorite second chance love stories. More than once I found myself with tears falling down my cheeks, both sad and happy. IÔÇÖll end with a quote or 2 that left me feeling warm and fuzzy:
ÔÇ£Out of so many people in this world, she found him. Out of seven billion people in this world, she, one tiny human being, found her one. If this is not magic, then she doesnÔÇÖt know what to call it.ÔÇØ ~Lea
ÔÇ£He sees it now. A second chance is faith, hope, and determination rolled into one. ItÔÇÖs pretty straightforward.ÔÇØ ~ Andrew
5++ #MagicSugar Stars and #MustRead Recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
Other books in the series
My Lea ( A Broken Love Story #1)
When Lea Amelia landed her feet in San Francisco for her overseas study, her idea of freedom was simple, like eating junk food ten times a day, sitting in front of the TV in her PJs, or going out late with her friends without the need to check in with her mother constantly.
Then she met Andrew Jaya, her brothersÔÇÖ best friend. A twenty-two-year-old guy whose physical appearance looked like he was crafted straight from GodÔÇÖs heavenly hands, but possessed a past as bleak as if it was drawn by Evil himself. A conflicted guy who wore sadness like nobodyÔÇÖs business beneath his mask, a perfect-looking mask she slowly peeled away.
He was also the guy who hurt her.
Suddenly, everything about her was no longer simple.
Andrew Jaya had convinced himself that not feeling was good for him. HeÔÇÖd been doing it splendidly for almost his entire life. But that was before his best friendÔÇÖs sister stepped into his life and ruined it. After weeks of knowing Lea, all of those warm and wonderful feelings heÔÇÖd long ago denied to himself started to reappear. Problem was, the brighter the light, the bigger the shadows that came with it.
His traumatic past refused to let him go.
When the unthinkable happened, the easiest thing to do was to run. But life often proves that the easiest way is usually the hardest.