on May 31st, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Even without seeing her face, I know that the woman standing at the water’s edge is desperately sad. Her back is to me and her shoulders are slumped, perhaps heavy with regret. It kills me to know I am partly to blame, and for that reason alone, it’s impossible to look at her. Leaning against the rough trunk of the tree, I close my eyes. My life will forever begin and end with her, and I’m unable to witness her heart breaking.
Standing still is no longer an option, so I begin to pace. Is she still waiting for him or has he already left? Fear pools in my veins at the uncertainty. Above all else, I want her to be happy. If this is too hard, I’ll have to walk away again. I let out a long breath, frustrated by the whole situation.
Emerson Hart is the love of my life. Unfortunately, I’m not the only love of hers. And therein lies the problem.
Overwhelmed. The experience of reading Love My Way completely took me by surprise. It’s a story that goes deeper than most and for this bleeding heart, left me in a bit of a stupor.
It’s one of those unputdownable reads and at about 48% I found myself scrambling to control my emotions:
–>”Awestruck…this is such a powerful story. Feeling the despair and hope simultaneously.”
Indeed, I am awed by Kate Sterritt’s story telling. Her writing is simply exquisite, with dialogue that is incisive and a plot that is uniquely structured to draw out the essence of each character.
Now about the story:
Love My Way follows Emerson Hart through her impoverished childhood, finding her soul mate in her first real friend Mereki “Ki”, to the current point in time. Set in Sterritt’s native Australia, it’s executed in such a manner that the reader is sucked right into Emerson’s life while working to understand how she came to be where she landed.
My initial impression of Emerson, when we meet her in her early twenties, left me feeling bereft. She’s isolated herself and the desperation and loneliness oozes from the page. It’s not long before we understand that she’s living aimlessly and has lost her passion for art, a connection that feeds her soul:
“When I started pushing pebbles into the ground, I was lost and lonely. It gave me purpose, and then it gave me you.”
He put his arm around my shoulders, and I leaned into him. “If you ever feel lost and lonely again, always remember that you’re made of the strong stuff.” He pointed to my drawing. “And this will always be your road map back to the light.” Emerson with Ki
As the story unfolds and the past and present collide, there a stunning twist in the plot that left me breathless and heartsick. At the same time, Sterritt manages to impart a message of hope. With the introduction of Josh, Emerson’s isolation is lifted and she begins to find her way back. As we learn more about him it’s apparent that Josh is simply destined to be a part of Emerson’s life, to help her heal.
I went into this read expecting this to be a story with a love triangle, but things aren’t always as they seem. I came away with a reminder that the capacity to love is endless, it knows no time boundaries, and it’s not limited to a number. It’s a book I want to read again and it’s among my favorites for the year. Kate Sterritt is a new to me author and she’s earned another fan.
~ Review by Cyndi