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"I left you something on the nightstand," she said.
"You did? What is it?"
"Just turn over and look," she pleaded.
He turned over to look, hesitantly, not wanting to look away from her. She always seemed to disappear every time he looked away. A manila envelope lay atop the white rustic nightstand and the word "Ryan" that was penned across the front was beckoning him. He glared at the envelope for just a moment before turning back to her. But she was gone.
As Ryan Boone struggles to come to grips with not being able to keep a promise he made to his dying wife, Larkin's Letters propels readers into the mind of Ryan as he struggles with frequent visits from her ghost and a series of letters she leaves behind. Ryan worked hard to become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors, but no matter how busy or famous he became, he always remained loyal to his childhood best friend, Larkin James. When Larkin is diagnosed with leukemia, Ryan sacrifices his career to be by her side and in turn realizes how much he had always loved her. Throughout Larkin's sickness, Ryan promised that he wouldn't let her die alone. But we learn that not all of our promises are within our control.
Yes you read that correctly I'm giving this first time author a 5 star review of her beautifully heartbreaking love story called Larkin's Letters. Why you ask? Because its an absolutely elegantly written story. 10% in and I was already crying.
After a lifetime of being best friends Ryan and Larkin realize they are in love with each other. Not just in love, but the deep life changing, soul soothing love that we all dream of falling in to. They complete each others life.
Larkin has passed away and has left Ryan something to see him through his grief. Letters she has secretly written to him over the two years that she has been battling cancer. Through her letters we relive her struggle with cancer and her fairy tale love affair with Ryan and its undeniably heartbreaking because the whole time you are reading you know that Larkin has passed on and that there will be no growing old together for Ryan and Larkin. Larkin's letters ultimately help to heal Ryan but not before the memories they evoke shred his heart all over again.
Larkin and Ryan's tale is the ultimate love story. Not only are these two the very vision of what love should be they are also the best friends that everyone should try to be or hope to have in their life. One could only pray to have a friend like Larkin or Ryan, and if you are that lucky to have a friend or lover like Larkin or Ryan this book will certainly make you cherish that person more.
This exquisitely written debut novel is one you should not pass up, even with the sadness it makes you feel. You just can't help feeling what Larkin and Ryan feel for each other and the feelings they have at what is happening to them, this novel oozes emotions and that is why it has earned a 5 Star rating from me, when a book can make me feel all the emotions as the characters do, it deserves 5 Stars!
Grab yourself a box of tissues, a nice drink of some type and find your favorite spot to curl up with Larkin's Letters. Oh and since its a debut novel feel free to SPREAD THIS REVIEW AROUND PLEASE :-)