Title: Watch Over Me
Author: Tara Sivec
Stars: 5 of 5
Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she’s wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison’s best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt.
Death changes everyone…
To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?
Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she’s stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father’s. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness…until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there’s more to that life than pain.
But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?
Addison and Zander both have secrets they aren’t ready to share. When the truth finally comes out, is it enough to tear them apart or has something bigger than themselves always been watching over them, pushing them together, making sure they both get their happily ever after?
This was a book that was recommended to me by author James Ramsey, and I’m so glad that I took her advice and read it. This was a fantastic book.
Addison is struggling with the fact that her mother is dead, she lets the grief of this consumer her to the point where she does the unthinkable. Now it’s a year later and she’s still struggling with the fact that her mother, her best friend, is still dead, and she’s left with the responsibility of keeping her mother’s dream, the baker, alive. While this is going on her father has turned into an alcoholic and enters rehab time and time again, leaving Addison by herself.
Addison’s only “friend” is her co-worker, a troubled girl she met while in recovery and the therapist, that reminds her too much of her mother. Throughout the book, Addison makes several references to how like her mother her therapist is.
Then comes Zander, a regular at the bakery who starts leaving her notes on napkins, a thing her mother used to do. Zander becomes a constant in Addison’s’ life, the one person that can get her to live, especially after Addison’s father returns from rehab with the promise that he will make it this time and take care of the business.
Zander is just what Addison needs, from his building a house on his front lawn made out of Legos to just being there for her, until Addison finds out the secret that Zander has been hiding from her, a secret that is directly linked to the secret she is keeping. I have to say when Zander’s secret came out; I kind of had a feeling about it, and the therapist.
All in all this book was a touching story of love and the will to live.