Review: Three Summers by S.J. Sylvis

Three Summers
by S.J. Sylvis

“Hi. My name is Sadie and I was the victim of an attempted robbery at gunpoint three weeks ago.” Those were the first words I spoke to my therapist last year and now I can say after my freshman year of college, I’ve finally broken free of my therapy sessions.

The wound on my face has healed and the scar is fading a little more every day. Now if I can just get the scars on my heart to heal that quickly, I’ll be golden.

But that’s looking pretty tricky since the boy who put those scars there is standing just feet away from me under the blistering North Carolina sun. Apparently, we’ll be spending the entire summer lifeguarding together at the country club pool.

A year ago, I was carefree—I was in love and I didn’t have a worry in the world, except for Rowen.

But now, I’m a little older and a lot smarter. I know how to guard my heart. I know how to keep Rowen out.

Except. . .he never really left. And I am quickly learning that my mind and heart are at a crossroads. Maybe I don’t know how to guard my heart after all.

And maybe I don’t quite know everything I thought I did. . .

How do you cope after an attack with a gun pointing at your face while the love of your life just looks on?

Traumatic doesn’t even begin to describe what Sadie feels everytime she thinks about what happened at that time.

Forgiveness won’t even be enough as she spends the next three summers with the one who broke her heart.

And love? Will there still be love after all that has transpired?

If it were me, I couldn’t, for the love of all things godly, wouldn’t be able to forget that attack, that nerve-wracking feeling of having to look behind your back, praying that you’d be safe, and that someone out there would be willing to risk his life for you. I could feel Sadie’s pain, hurt, confusion and disbelief at the same time. It was a harrowing experience neither Sadie nor I would ever want anyone else to encounter.

Three Summers by S. J. Sylvis greatly tugs at your heartstrings threefold. I am telling you, it’s been not one but three waves of emotions and helluva roller coaster ride with Sadie and Rowen in this captivating story of love, struggles, trauma and forgiveness. Miss Sylvis first book already has a place in my heart, and I know this isn’t the only book that I am going to read from her.

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