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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Nicole Williams:
When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.
When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.
When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.
Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.
When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.
***This is a full-length, standalone novel.***
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am honestly blown away by this book!! Nicole Williams possesses a rare gift of writing amazing characters and a true talent in telling their stories. She writes characters you can relate to, you can be friends with and you could potentially be. Their stories a raw, real and leave you wanting more.
In COLLARED we meet Jade and Torrin. On what should be one of the happiest days of Jades life, the unthinkable happens. At 17 years old Jade disappears. Torrin, the boy who loves her never gives up hope and never stops looking for her. 10 years later Jade comes home. Torrin has moved on the only way he knew how. Can their love survive? Can they still be friends?
Torrin is doing his best to help Jade but not everyone is convinced he is actually helping her. Can he help her adjust to her new normal or will he push her further into the darkness?
This book is tragically beautiful and I wish I could give it more than 5 stars! Nicole Williams has done a wonderful job developing the story and characters. I laughed at times and cried at others. Two thumbs up for COLLARED!!
I loved this book! This story broke my heart and put it back together. Jade is such an amazing character with her strength and I loved watching her change throughout the book. The things she went through were horrible but to see how she powered through her fears was inspiring. This was definitely a book that was worth reading. I just couldn't put it down. I love Nicole's work but even this blew me away by just how much of an amazing writer she is. I highly recommend reading this but have some tissues handy.
This is a book that touched my heart and left me feeling slightly drained. The loss, love and most of all the devotion in this book is almost overwhelming at times. This is a look into the mind and heart of a child-woman that has been broken. Jade and everybody that loves her is unsure and scared about how to reacclimate to the world after she has been missing for many years. Her teenage love Torrin is still there for her but he can't be there they the way both of them long for, her disappearance and living his life without her has changed him. Those changes and her struggles dealing with the aftermath of what happened stand in the way of them carrying on with a relationship. This story is well written and full of a range of emotions. I enjoyed this sad yet uplifting tale and felt connected to Jade.