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What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?
Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.
Except this girl isn't Nicole.
She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.
When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.
What's New in Version 1.2.0
1.1.0 Extensive revisions to the text
1.2.0 Now includes an extract from Reason to Breathe (Breathing Series #1)
An extraordinary story by and amazing author. Love stories that are different from the norm and make you have all kinds of emotions.
An Incredible Message
Often I will read a book and fall in love with it’s characters, the plot, certain scenes or beautiful quotes. Rarely, do I come away from a novel feeling deeply moved by its message. This was one of those times. Ms. Donovan used the pages of her new novel and it’s intricate characters as her linguistic canvas. Blank to fill with messages of hope, of love and most importantly, of life. Of living.
Reflecting back on What If, I cannot recall a single moment where I was bored by useless dialogue or the materialistic and unrealistic scenarios that usually have me turning pages aimlessly. Every exchange, setting and symbol had meaning and the title of the book sums it up perfectly.
The words ‘What If’ can have different connotations, depending on the context in which they are used.
What If I never travelled alone?
What If I never took that chance?
“What if I had done it differently. Who would I be? What would my life be like. What if…”
They convey a silent meaning to each and every individual and good or bad, everyone has their own ‘What If’ moments.
This novel masterfully encapsulates the positives and the negatives of taking chances – whether they be for better or for worse. It explores the complexities of life through multiple perspectives and takes readers on a journey through different, yet equally pivotal moments in time.
This unique take to the New Adult contemporary scene is like a breath of fresh air and each character who speaks has their own distinguishable voice, as if they were literally coming alive from the page.
Along with the positive messages it sends to readers, What If also tells a tale of mystery, interwoven with infallible friendships and something that many authors seem to miss: nostalgia. The kind that brings a coy smile to your face as you turn the page. The kind that brings up memories of simpler times and pretend games and joy. The best kind.
The main protagonist of the story, Cal, is easy to fall into step with. He is never portrayed as overly perfect or physically described in detail, which I think is best for a book of this emotional calibre. It allows readers to picture him as they believe the words best fit, making the story a unique experience for each individual who takes the time to read it. Nyelle on the other hand, is complex. The antithesis of open-book Cal, she is determined to remain a puzzle for both readers and characters alike.
As a whole, What If conveys a message that is often missed in the 21st century: how to take life by the proverbial horns and make the most of what it has to offer. And if you have read this entire review and are just realising that I never really told you anything about the plot itself, well, that was my intention. The book and its secrets, much like the entrenched messages within, are better left unwritten.
Love love loved it!! <3
- Category: Romance
- Published: 16 September 2014
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Seller: Penguin Books Limited
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English
- Version: 1.2.0