Avalynn has been running from her past for a couple of years now....never very far but always extremely fast. With an alcoholic father, a void of a mother and a town full of gossip, she struggles to find her place in the world.The only thing that saved her on her path of self destruction is her beautiful little sister, her miracle. Desperately trying to save Abby from a life that Avalynn has been trying so hard to escape from, she plots to take Abby away.The plan going dangerously astray, leaving Avalynn beaten and broken in what once was the hallway mirror in her childhood home. Avalynn finally comes to in the hospital after nearly being beaten to death. Father-Dead, Mother-Missing, Abby-In foster care--Everything changing in the blink of an eye.
Avalynn immediately sets to work to get her life in order, receive custody of precious Abby and focusing every ounce of attention, giving Abby the the life she deserves. Avalynn, now a 22 year old Elementary School Teacher and New Mommy, struggling to raise a beautiful and feisty five year old whom was just diagnosed with Mild Autism Disorder. Lots of challenges for her to face in the midst. Avalynn is ready to go at them all head on if it means Abby is raised in a happy and healthy home. Abby is the only thing she cares about...not even caring about herself or her life...that is...until she meets him. The man that can shatter her entire world with one glance. Their relationship a roller coaster ride from start to finish. One that Avalynn never wants to get off of..but she may not have a choice. Her happily ever after coming to a screeching halt yet again. Heartbreak, love, loss and hope--This story has it all, In Spades.
For me this book was a little off. Don't get me wrong, it was a good book, but I had a little trouble with some of the parts. I couldn't jump right on board with some of the parts of the book.
I couldn't get with the fact that as damaged as Ava was, and she had every right to be, she so quickly fell in love and let someone in. I expected more break downs, more of a fight of falling in love. I didn't expect Ava to do it so quickly and effortlessly. I mean she had a breakdown, but less than what I was expecting. U thought that the mirror would be a bigger issue, flashbacks or nightmares would haunt her, and self esteem would be a struggle.. but no. And I was all like damn.. I want to see her breakdown. Does this mean I have issues? Probably...
And Dax, I totally get why she fell so quickly.. but it was so seemless. She picked up sexting and everything so effortlessly. I get they are a match made for one another. . but I don't know, I expected more drama. The beginning did grab me and pull me, and I didn't put this down til I was finished. SO let me tell you, it is a good book, but I just expected...more, I guess. I wasn't really impressed with Dax at first. And the fact that he hinted to us he had secrets, but never revealed all of them, intrigues me. But it also worries me. I mean come on, she laid it all out there.
Let me back up the train on Dex. He was a typical rocker. And he didn't even pay her attention. So when he took her home and was all wounded animal that she up and left the morning after, I was a little taken back. I guess some parts just skipped and jumped a little for me. Maybe it means I really liked the book, so I wanted more, I don't know. But I did really like Ava's spunk, and the way she takes care of Abby is amazing. Now that I loved. Now when you threw in that wrench at the end and just cut me off cold turkey.. I was dying! But I can say, I was awfully proud of Dax, on more than one occasion. He really is a good man. The flow of their relationship was a little choppy, but I really liked it. Overall I gave this 3 hearts.