Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson
Release Date: October 28, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased on Kindle
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. Confused by the numbness he feels upon hearing the news, he decides that he needs some time to come to terms with it. One decision to visit his favorite diner causes him to unwittingly put himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight - and to live.
Because there's a difference between living and just being alive.
Amber (yes, we're on a first name basis - I met her at RT last year) quickly made my list of favorite authors after I read Puddle Jumping. She brilliantly crafts stories that are compelling, bring all the feels, and are inhabited with the most unique yet real characters. And she does this no matter the length of the book. Where We Fell was no exception.
Oliver has just had his world tilted off its axis. In an attempt at some normalcy, he heads over to his favorite diner. Enter Hannah - his waitress who makes quite an impression. From there, things get interesting.
As Oliver deals with his life altering diagnosis, Hannah, who knows a thing or two about living with a life altering diagnosis, goes about showing Oliver how to really live.
Amber does an amazing job in conveying the reality of the impact of such a diagnosis - on the person, their family and friends. She also wrote a lovely story of first love, wringing emotions out of me over the unfairness of life. In Oliver, we see a young man whose life just veered off course. He had path and he's not very hopeful about things getting back on track. Hannah is a breath of fresh air. She sees something in Oliver and she sets about giving him the hope he's lacking. Their story felt so real, so heartbreaking and heartwarming, and Amber did all this is such few pages!
Y'all know I'm a big believer in things happening the way they're supposed to, so I very much enjoyed Oliver and Hannah's story. They came into each other's lives for a reason and at just the right time. I'd love to see more from them. But until then, I'll content myself with reading her other backlist - the few I haven't gotten to. I have a feeling she won't disappoint.