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“We all have secrets, Austin. Some people’s are bigger than others, that’s all. Wouldn’t you agree?”
I’m not really sure where to start this one. I was an emotional wreck while and after reading this book. I mean, seriously. I loved every moment of this book. Every. Moment.
There were three stories in this book: Lexi’s, Austin’s and Lexi & Austin’s relationship. I’m having trouble talking about the book without spoilers. This is simply one of those books you have to read. To experience. To start and finish in one day. To crave and relive. It definitely goes on the list of books that will haunt you.
I felt like Lexi’s demons were clawing at me as I read. Her pain seeped into my psyche. It was all so real. And no, it didn’t get tied up with a perfect red bow at the end. Real struggles and pain never do. When the book ended, I just stared at my kindle knowing that her battle continued past the pages of the book.
Austin had his own demons. Unlike Lexi, his demons were external, but just as dangerous and just as hard to ignore. He was strong and tough and everyone knew it, but he was dying inside. Lexi saw the fragility in him
They fought their demons in parallel lives as they went through the motions of being college students. Just reading that and realizing that people do this all the time was heartbreaking. They were both so lonely and hurting. It never even occurred to them there was another way.
Tillie Cole’s ability to bring such a difficult and terrifying issue to life left me emotionally overwhelmed. She wrote from the heart and it showed on every page. The topics covered in this book are quite serious and Tillie depicted them with absolute grace. I love authors; they are my rockstars, but I am brimming with respect for Ms. Cole and they way she laid her heart out on those pages. Everyone should read Sweet Fall.
“It’s funny. I used to look up at the stars and feel so small and unimportant. But I’ve come to realize that the only thing that can ever make you feel alive and important is the one person who takes you for you.”
5 Keep-the-Tissues-Close-and-the-Tequila-Closer Stars!
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