I wasn’t looking for love. Putting down roots in this small, southern town was the last thing on my mind.
Ben changed all that with his kind nature and gentle ways. Somehow, he painted over the cracks on the canvas of my heart. Never did I feel more alive than with my arms around his waist on the back of his motorcycle and my hair blowing in the wind.
But, I was a nobody. To his family of wealth and privilege, I wasn’t worthy of him. And they were willing to do whatever it took to drive us apart.
Longing to stay by his side, I never wanted that summer to end. Yet, sometimes, true heartache molds us into who we were always meant to be…
Point of view:
1st person. Mostly from Summer’s perspective, some journal entries from Ben’s.
This love story contains many beloved tropes: opposites attract, small town, rich/poor, conniving family members, and secrets to share. However, until that moment – that utterly heartbreaking moment where you know with all certainty what it about to happen in the next few minutes there was nothing predictable about this story.
Spencer draws from her own experiences of loss, abandonment, hope, determination, love, devastation, and healing. That truth comes through in every word. Summer and Ben’s love shines.
I hope that some day Spencer will continue Summer’s story – whether it mirrors her own or not.
The small sections narrated by Zachary Webber representing Ben’s journal are heartfelt and poignant. However, Ava Erickson is where this audiobook really takes hold of the listener. She is Summer at her most extremes, she is Ben and Grace and even the terrible Levi. Erickson is immensely talented and while I’ve always loved her performances in the past – this was perfection. Highly recommend listening to this one.
Content Warnings (possible spoilers):
Parental abuse, family member with dementia. Stalking and assault of MC. MC dies in accident.
I received an advanced copy of this audiobook from Home Cooked Books and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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My Favorite Quotes
I’m a certified card carrying loner. – More With You by #ErinSpencer #Audiobook narrated by @avaundercover & @ZacharyWebberTweet
I can’t help but wonder what I’d look like through his artist’s eye. – More With You by #ErinSpencer #Audiobook narrated by @avaundercover & @ZacharyWebberTweet
My heart still wants him. My head is terrified. – More With You by #ErinSpencer #Audiobook narrated by @avaundercover & @ZacharyWebberTweet
We’ve only just met but her hug is like an acceptance I didn’t know I craved. – More With You by #ErinSpencer #Audiobook narrated by @avaundercover & @ZacharyWebberTweet
No future is promised. – More With You by #ErinSpencer #Audiobook narrated by @avaundercover & @ZacharyWebberTweet