The Boy and His Ribbon
Book 1, Ribbon Duet
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From New York Times Bestseller comes one of her best stories to date.
“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret?
I’ll tell you what you do.
Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth.
His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror.
But then…he ran.
He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed.
I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything.
My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it.
At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why.
For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend.
But by the end…he loved me.
The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him.
And slowly, my secret drove us apart.
The Boy & His Ribbon is an exquisite masterpiece of divine art!
There is no real way of describing this book!
Other than it’s breathtaking, gut-wrenchingly beautiful, superbly poetic, and brutally raw!
A whole new realm of the divine world!
The Boy & His Ribbon is an exquisite masterpiece of divine art, etching it's way into your inner solar plexuses, stealing all your rational thought. Then replacing it with wrecked and utter mindlessness!
Slaying you from the very first start.
Pepper Winters has penned the novel of the century with this masterpiece!
I’d even go so far as to say it’s her best work ever!
Her writing has grown volumes, to a whole new level of unadulterated pure genius, with a calculating, precision and grace.
Another Pepper Winters Masterpiece
As a boy, Ren was sold to a farmer as a slave. Wanting to be free from his horrific conditions he sets a plan in motion to escape. He never planned on a baby, Della, smuggling her way into his backpack when he did finally escape. What does a 10 year old boy on the run in the woods do with a 1yr old baby? As they grow older will they be found or can they survive alone, together in this world? This is not your typical book from Pepper but it is just as wonderful as all her books. She is a true storyteller! Part 1 of this duology is a must read and cannot wait for the second part of this story! Told in dual POV. A coming of age love story like no other!
Pepper Winters stole my heart with this story!
Wow, I don't think I will be forgetting this story any time soon, if ever. What a hauntingly beautiful story!! And we're only half way through it. Ren and Della's story captured me from the very first page. It's SO many things. Tragic and realistic, savage at times, but also heartwarming and heart stopping. I am still a mess of emotions from reading.
Ren just broke my heart from the very beginning. A boy of 8 who is sold by his mother to a cruel slaver of a man who treats the children who work his farm worse than he does the livestock. A young boy just struggling to survive, by any means necessary. My heart was in my throat when he ran away, hoping against all hope that he would get away from the nightmare he lived.
Della McLary is just an infant when she somehow stole away in Ren's backpack. The daughter of the horrible people who made Ren's life a living hell everyday, she's just an innocent bystander but also guilty by association and condemned by Ren when he finds her hidden away. His head is telling him to just leave her behind but his heart tells him something different.
I was totally fascinated by and riveted to this story, of how Ren manages to survive in the wild for so many years, with a baby in tow. And even though Della is pretty useless in the beginning, she provides more support to Ren than he could have ever imagined. She becomes his ribbon, his constant source of comfort and strength, just like the ribbon she was clutching when he ran, the thing never leaving her hand.
Pepper tells the most amazing tale of survival, of how these two children managed to grow and thrive while living in the forest for years. As the years passed and they only had each other and no contact with anyone in the outside world, I had to wonder and worry how that was going to affect their relationship. Della was so young when they ran, she only knows Ren and no one else. He has singlehandedly raised her, provided for her, protected her. He IS her everything. And Ren, he's focused everything on taking care of Della, everything revolves around her and making sure she is provided for. No matter what it costs him.
It was inevitable that the lines would eventually start to blur from a familial relationship to something neither one could name. The years have passed by in a blur and suddenly Della is not a baby anymore. She's not even a kid anymore, she's growing into a woman and what does that mean? Ren won't be able to keep her to himself forever, but the thought of his ribbon ever leaving him is more than he can stomach.
Pepper is a master at venturing into taboo subjects. She has written plenty of dark romance, but this isn't that. It's something entirely different that I can't find the words to label. You will just have to read this beautifully heartbreaking story for yourself and form your own opinions, draw your own conclusions. I had a really funny feeling in my tummy that I couldn't pinpoint the cause of. I loved the beauty of the relationship between Ren and Della, that wholly committed to each other dynamic, but I eventually grew more and more scared of what was to come. Something was going to come to a head, and I wasn't sure I could handle it when it did. The only thing I can liken the feeling I had to is despair. Despair that Ren and Della won't be able to find a path forward together. And it they don't, what will happen to them?
This story is told with such beautifully poetic prose that I was just lost in the pages. The more I read, the more I knew that this is some of Pepper's best work yet. I just about died at the ending of this first book, and I don't know what I'm going to do with myself until book 2 releases in June. I know that I will be constantly thinking about Ren and Della, even while I'm reading other books. Man oh man, this wait is going to be excruciating.