To Have Loved and Lost by Eliza Andrews
When two people’s lives are spiraling out of control, can coming together pull both of them back up?
Alexis Woods knows who she is — or at least, she thought she did. She’s number 17, point guard, MVP, all-star, co-captain of the Lady Raiders NCAA Division I women’s basketball team. But there’s a darkness growing inside of her, a darkness that started the night her beloved died in her arms, and if she doesn’t turn things around soon, the darkness just might swallow her whole.
Graham Griffin knows a thing or two about darkness. That’s been her zip code ever since the car accident that took her boyfriend’s life — the car accident she caused. When she meets Alex, she sees a reflection of her own sorrow. And she can’t help but want to fix it.
I almost didn’t read this book. I saved it to my Kindle library almost 2 months ago and I have a bad habit of saving a lot of books at once, then not getting around to them because they sit and I lose interest. I am so glad I got around to this one! It was an incredible story of overcoming grief, character development, mental healthy, and an incredible representation of minority characters.
Both main characters, Alex and Graham meet attending group grief counseling for losing partners. While they bond in their grief and self destructive natures, they are very different people and have very different manners of dealing with the traumas they experienced in life.
I absolutely loved the emotional journey of this story. It was so real and informative and really showcased the up and down journey of losing a loved one. The character development was superb. The conflicts were realistic and did NOT feel forced to move the story along. I really don’t have any negative things to say about this story.
I obviously recommend this book. If you are looking for a unique contemporary romance, this is for you. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited. I am extremely interested in reading more by Andrews. Give this book a shot and let me know what you guys think of it. Thank you for reading!