⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars
I was a little bit disappointed with this one.
The hype around this novel is unbelievable. It is everywhere, in bookstores and on social media. Everyone seems to be reading it, and most of us give it the best reviews. Considering the enthusiastic response from the public, I think I expected some kind of a literary miracle, but what I got is quite a good story written in a decent style. Nothing miraculous about it.
Lily Bloom is an ambitious young woman, opening her own business in Boston. Her chance meeting with the handsome neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid is exciting but does not lead to anything, as their lifestyles and expectations are radically different. They both carry on in a usual way, pondering the lost possibilities. When they meet for a second time, they decide to give each other a chance. But each of them has a past that affects their behaviour and relationship…
It ends with us is one of the books everyone is talking about. It didn’t live up to the hype, in my opinion. Maybe I don’t like romances that much. [SPOILER] I think the strongest quality of this novel is the way it speaks about the abuse in the family. It gives us insight into a mind of a child witnessing the abuse and the victim. The author challenges the stereotyped image of the abuse victims as weak, scared or stupid. She portrays the complicated relations, the love that does not allow the victim to condemn or abandon the abuser.
Overall, it is a good book. It’s a light and enjoyable read, although it touches on difficult subjects. It will make you laugh and cry at some point. I recommend it to fans of romance novels and those looking for something light to read.