Title: To The Stars
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: Thatch #2
Release Date: February 9, 2016
He promised to wait for her.
She told him he was wasting his time.
Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life.
When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else.
Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?
Molly McAdams’ gift for leaving her readers emotionally devastated reaches a whole new level with To The Stars. Harlow’s story was raw, real, and utterly heartbreaking. Molly McAdams exposed some seriously dark truths with a brutal honesty that completely shattered me. Harlow and Knox shared something indescribable. Their connection felt fated, making their separation that much more tragic as the decisions they had made and the circumstances that kept them apart seemed to defy destiny. Molly McAdams’ writing is truly enchanting. A mixture of lyrical prose, descriptive imagery, and easy dialogue, her words bring Knox and Harlow’s story to life in a way that feels absolutely effortless. I absolutely adored seeing more of Grey, Jagger, Deacon, and Graham in this book. Their presence gave To The Stars a sense of familiarity that was comforting and most welcome, especially with all of the gut-wrenching turmoil that came along with this novel. To The Stars is a second chance romance unlike any other I have ever read. It’s gritty, ugly, and sometimes hard to read, but Molly McAdams tells this story with complete grace, instilling a hopefulness that is nothing short of breathtaking.
“There was nothing. No sound, no response – only the most heartbreaking silence I’ve ever endured. And it was a heartbreak I would carry with me forever.”
The characters in this novel are everything I’ve come to expect from Molly McAdams and then some. Flawed and vulnerable, Knox and Harlow are easy to relate to and even easier to connect with. Their development and growth over the course of the novel felt natural. Molly McAdams embraced their insecurities and nurtured their strengths to lead them on a journey that saw as much regress as it did progress. Knox definitely earned a spot as one of my favorite book boyfriends of all time. He’s not only incredibly romantic but also loyal to a fault. His singular devotion to Harlow, despite the time and space that separated them, had me totally swooning. Harlow, on the other hand, simply left me speechless. Molly McAdams has written this character to be fiercely protective with an unmatched strength and an endless capacity for love. I was in awe of the things she was able to endure in the name of protecting those she loved. My connection to Harlow ran deep and I found myself experiencing her journey in a very visceral way. I cried with her and felt her heartache as my own as if she’d reached out from the pages and touched my heart.
“Now I was afraid to let my soul free. If I did, I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep myself safe in this house anymore, because my heart, my soul… my everything was reaching for the man I could never have again.”
To The Stars is told in alternating points of view and travels between the past and present. Where it would be easy to confuse readers, Molly McAdams did a great job at making the transitions as seamless as possible – careful to pair up current events with relevant past memories that would enhance both the present day story and our understanding of Knox and Harlow’s past. To The Stars was well paced, especially considering all of the history that needed to be integrated into the story, keeping me lost in Molly McAdams’ world for the entirety of the novel. While I’m used to finding myself emotionally wrecked by Molly McAdams’ writing, To The Stars was different. It was darker, grittier, and haunting in a way that makes you look at the world around you in a new light. I have to applaud the way in which this author fearlessly tackles the hard stories. Unafraid to dig up some of life’s unspeakable pain and tremendous heartbreak, Molly McAdams gives a voice to the broken souls of the world while leaving the rest of us irrevocably altered. To The Stars not only flawlessly captured the darkness of Harlow’s journey, but Molly McAdams has expertly woven light, hope, and love throughout this novel to deliver a book that is enthralling, life affirming, and undeniably inimitable.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Thatch series:
Letting Go (Thatch #1)
Show Me How (Thatch #3)