Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: Unveiling Ghosts - Jeannine Allison

Unveiling Ghosts (Unveiling #3)
by Jeannine Allison
Published: March 2, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Four years ago, Sherry lost everything. Her house. Her parents. And Hunter, the love of her life. She left the small town she’d called home and tried not to look back. He’s gone. Move on. Don’t think of him. But when she learns Hunter is alive, she’s forced to question that awful night when everything was ripped away from her.

Four years ago, Hunter lost Sherry. She was his home, his family, and the love of his life. He abandoned the town that held so many painful memories, but he couldn’t stop himself from looking back. Where was she? How was she? Did she think of him, too? But when his father’s death brings both of them back home, he must deal with the fallout from his choice all those years ago.

Hunter and Sherry were childhood friends, high school sweethearts, and everything in between. Hunter always told her…

Ours is a love people write stories about.

But will it be a fairy tale or a tragedy?

Can be read as a standalone.

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4 Stars

"Hope was cruel. Hope was paralyzing. Hope killed. Hope made people irrational and foolish. And yet...I hoped."

Sherry lost everything four years ago, she was ready to give up hope on her one hold to the past, but a single alert to her phone changes everything. Hunter is back. Desperate to see him, to get her answers, she returns home hoping that their love story still is just as strong as it was four years ago. Hunter never lost sight of Sherry, he was protecting her from himself, but seeing her again shows him that he could never be without her. His father's death gives them an opportunity, but when the truth is revealed Hunter isn't sure their love story will have the positive ending they hoped for.

"My feet knew what my fear didn't. That, like a magnet, once I'd gotten close enough to her, I had no choice but to move closer."

"But he was here. And I was here. I finally found him. He finally found me."

Oh second chance romance, how I love thee. A standalone in the Unveiling series, Unveiling Ghosts is Sherry and Hunter's story. Entirely believable, Jeannine Allison weaves a story of love, loss, and heartbreak as two characters finally come together and face the events that left both alone and missing each other. Four years did nothing to change Sherry or Hunter's emotions and I rooted for them from the very start. Sherry is a unique character, held back by her grief from truly living despite going through the motions. Hunter is more like a force to be reckoned with, succeeding at living life but holding onto an emotion he believes in and the girl that makes him feel that way. Together they are a beautiful couple, but don't go thinking that it's as easy as it sounds. Jeannine Allison stays true to how life really works, allowing the two to only enjoy their feelings for one another for a moment before forcing them to dive into the truths of the past. The history between these two is revealed over the course of the novel, as each character's POV chapter switches between the present and their youth starting at age 10. Readers don't just hear about their past, but see it play out.

"There was not a single thing in this world that could heal the thing it destroyed, except for humans. We had the power to do both."

Unveiling Ghosts is a fairly heavy novel when it comes to playing with the emotions. I absolutely teared up a time or two, got a bit angry at each character's situation, and felt all the swoon-y love as they reconnected and revisited their friendship turned love story. The pacing is slower and the novel is lengthy, but it is worth the time to read with how realistic it is. Jeannine Allison is an author I can never say no to, this series continuously shows her skill at writing true human emotions and connections.
About the Author:

Jeannine Allison is an author of contemporary and New Adult romance. After waffling between many degrees in college, she finally graduated with a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.

She loves writing and reading -- obviously :) -- but when she's not she enjoys playing with her two dogs, obsessing over new makeup, drinking coffee, googling new tattoos, and pretty much anything else that allows her to wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt ;)

She is a big fan of being exactly who you are...

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

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