on June 28th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.
He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.
Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already survived one loss—I didn't know if I'd survive another.
She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I'd long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.
But it was only supposed to last three weeks.
“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.
I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn't have a choice.
Woweee ~ as an introduction to Whitney Barbetti, The Weight of Life has made me an instant fan. I’m thrilled that she has an extensive library and I’ve already snagged a few books. The characters are simply stunning, with dialogue that captures the readers attention, and the story line that is hypnotic – I had a very hard time putting it down when real life intruded on my reading time.
Mila (an American from Colorado), and Ames (a Brit in London) meet under some unusual circumstances while Mila is visiting London. Mila is such an endearing character, with a rich backstory and a buoyant attitude, and she immediately captures Ames’ attention. But it’s not something he’s necessarily happy about. As the two become acquainted, Mila shares something very personal, something that immediately resonates with Ames and this changes his impression of Mila and ultimately how he relates to her. The story is told in alternating perspectives and I enjoyed each equally. Being in their heads and hearts as they open up to each other. Mostly I loved seeing the transformation that Ames goes through. He is a man stuck in the past and Mila is the precisely what he needs in his life.
“When I’d walked in on Mila and Lotte talking, I’d felt something deep within me shift— like it was making room, allowing feelings to bloom in the dead space inside of my chest”
These are individuals mired in grief, learning to live and coming to terms of what that looks like after loss. Barbetti’s story telling is phenomenal and I felt every emotion in time with them. I understood Mila’s exuberance and Ames hesitancy and why the way they impact each other has such consequence. There’s an awareness of the possibility of new love and a second chances, but there’s also an expiration date on their time together and this drives how they measure their connection.
“She felt good in my arms, I realized. A welcome weight. Her light breaths warmed the center of my chest and it felt as if we’d hugged for an eternity, but then she pulled away and it felt like it had lasted only a second.”
Barbetti’s prose is absolutely beautiful and the message in The Weight of Life profound. She touches on sacrifice and hope, heartbreak and forgiveness, and ultimately on spirituality. I highly recommend this love story to all romance readers.
~Review by Cyndi
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