Falling in love is easy.
Falling out of love is the hardest thing in the world.
And Elin and Ty Whitt are terrible at it.
The first time the local basketball star smiled at Elin, she was a goner. It was just so damn easy to fall for the dark-haired hometown hero with his charming smile and strong, athletic build.
Thousands of sleepy smiles, aimless drives down country roads, and squeaks of the backdoor after a swing shift later, reality hits. And it hits hard. Falling in love was definitely the easy part. Watching it break apart was impossible.
Through the tears, the second-guesses, the memories of a life built together, the world keeps spinning. With each turn comes clarity and hope—sometimes in the form of a pair of muddy boots by the back door or from the words of a wise friend.
When Ty shows back up with a new found determination to put his family back together, Elin’s torn between the fights of the past and the possibility of a new start. This is the man that holds her heart, the man she loves beyond anything else. But this is also the one person in the world that can cause her the most pain.
Life’s not always easy. Love’s not for the faint of heart. But with life comes lessons and Ty and Elin have the scars to prove it. But it’s their love written in those scars that will hold them together … or break them apart.
Broken hearts, shattered lives, and scars that run so deep the impact entire lives.
This story began with such brokenness that I was’t sure if my heart could take it. There was so much going on within Ty and Elin, along with so much happening TO them.Their story was not only them, but all those around them.
It’s hard to communicate just what I loved about this story. I loved it, no doubt, but there was so much that pulled me into the lives of these characters. Ty was a man who made mistakes, Elin was a woman who also made mistakes, but was suffering through a lot of pain, and these two were in the center of a group of friends who all cared about each other immensely. This group made me extremely envious of their bond.
I loved the concept of scars for this story. “You know, it’s better to have a scar than a bruise…Bruises go away, Tyler. Scars stick around to prove you showed up for life. That you lived. That you fought. That you loved.” I feel like this sums up, perfectly, everything we struggle with in life. Living life is going to leave us with scars, all of us, even when things seem to be going well. It’s living through those scars that lead us to all the beauty that life can offer.
This was a great story. It spanned from teen love to grown up love to broken love and then into a type of love that hadn’t yet been explored. It shows us that life isn’t linear, love isn’t simple, and you can never predict what the outcome of our mistakes will be.