Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review: Where One Goes

Title Where One Goes
Author B. N. Toler
Release Date March 18, 2015

What happens when the very thing ruining your life ends up saving it?

I was never one to believe in spirits—until six years ago, when a bone-chilling accident changed my life... forever.

My name is Charlotte, but most people call me Char... and I have a special gift.

I talk to the dead.

Make no mistake, I can’t summon them. I’m only able to see and speak to the spirits that linger when they’re unable to crossover. They’re somehow weighted to the world with unfinished affairs. And for the last six years, I've relentlessly used my gift to help their lost souls.

But it’s come at a price. My life is dark. Feeling despondent, I've begun to give up. And in helping the dead, I've realized I haven’t allowed myself to live. With no money, no place to go, and most importantly... no hope, I've decided there is only one option—to end it all.

But fate is a funny thing. One minute, I’m about to leap to my death, and the next, I’m saved by Ike McDermott. The strong, striking soldier stopped me from putting an end to my despair. He’s the kind of man that smiles and brightens an entire room.

Sweet and gentle.

He is my savior.

And he’s dead.

We've made an agreement. He’ll help me find a place to stay and a new job if I’ll help him with his unfinished business so that he may crossover.

Ike’s unfinished matter involves his twin brother, George. George has been falling apart since Ike’s death and Ike has not been able to compel himself to crossover in peace until he knows George will be okay.

When I agreed to help, little did I know that I’d fall in love with the charming folks of Bath County, and... Ike and George McDermott.

Now, as both brothers own equal parts of my heart, I am faced with a cruel and unfair predicament. In saving George, I must let go of Ike.

But how does one let go of half of their heart?

I was a little hesitant to read Where One Goes. There's two reasons for that. One, talking to the dead? I feel like this can either be done really well and feel totally believable or it can be awful and feel like a complete joke. I just sit on the fence with most paranormal books. They're either fantastic and I have no problem suspending any disbelief I may have or they're just terrible and too outlandish for me to enjoy. There's no grey area for me in that regard. The second reason, and perhaps the one that gave me the most pause, a love triangle involving twin brothers? This definitely had me giving this book the squinty eyes. However, I knew this wouldn't be a traditional love triangle as one brother is dead. There's no possible way for Charlotte to be with him. None. Knowing this, I certainly wanted to find out how things would end up.

Hesitation aside, I saw the numerous good reviews this book had. I recently finished and loved Desperately Seeking Epic by the same author. Plus, the book was on sale when I was thinking about reading it.

Every single good review this book has was well earned. This book is flat out amazing.

I was hooked from the very beginning. The story, even the paranormal aspects, felt believable and real. It didn't feel outlandish or over the top in the least bit. I was extremely impressed early on with how easily I was invested in the story.

And let me tell you about this story! Wow. This was raw and emotional in a way that I really didn't expect. It was bittersweet in such a heartbreaking way that I can't even begin to explain. I loved it. Where One Goes was so much better than I could have ever anticipated.

This is, without any doubts, one of my top books of 2016. If you're looking for a romance, and don't mind a tearjerker, Where One Goes will not disappoint.


5 out of 5 stars

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