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A new novel by the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Breathing Series . . .
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.
NEW BONUS epilogue, author interview, book club guide and more.
Beautiful and Touching Story.
What If is a beautifully written story that had me pondering all of my life's 'what ifs'. There are just too many to count. This book opened my eyes to see that some 'what ifs' are possible. There is room for do-overs. But it also helped me see that some thing are just meant to be.
The story is written from present to past. In the past, we learn of inseparable friendships between Cal, Nicole, Rae, and Richelle. Their friendships brought warmth to my heart and made me wish I was a kids again. They had a unique connection that would last a lifetime, or so they thought.
Which brings us to the present. Who is Nyelle? Who is this care free girl that looks just Nicole? The best friend who seemed to have turned her back to those who cared deeply for her all those years ago. These are the questions that Cal and Rae have. Rae wants answers, but as Cal gets to know Nyelle, and falls for her, he doesn't necessarily want the answers. He just wants her. But the answers and truth always have a way of unraveling.
I loved piecing this beautiful story together.
I'm in a state a wonder. Trying to grab onto pieces of the story I deem clues to help tie this mystery together. Cal remembers a girl name Nicole from HS, but this girl is named Nyelle. Yet they share the same eyes and laugh. It's cryptic. The story is still unfolding.
Pieces at a time are disclosed about Nicolle and Richelle's past. Pure tortue having to wait for information, I'm still trying to figure out what I'm reading. It's also very satisfying reading a story I know nothing about. It's rewarding to read the unknown. It's like reading two stories simultaneously. The past references are about Rae, Cal, Richelle, and Nicole, yet I feel like they are different people. Maybe because of how young they are and what information is given about them. I'm am truly touched by this story. Read it in one sitting. Could not put it down. I needed answers and now that I have them I do want to read it again. This time I can read without the wonder and focus on other aspects. It was beautiful.
A fantastic book
Sometimes you love a book because it's a fast read and entertaining getaway. You enjoy it for a few hours, then quickly forget it. WHAT IF is one of those rare fast reads that stays with you. As soon as I finished reading, I wanted to start all over again. It's absolutely terrific, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Sep 16, 2014
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English