Everyone has a story to tell…an exploration of the highs and lows of life and the lessons learned throughout the years. Sometimes the tale is romantic and loving while, other times, it’s painful and depressing, forcing choices to be made that unequivocally define who that person is and the path that person takes to find his/her happily ever after, if it’s even possible.
When art imitates life, a couple’s real story becomes fictitious, in a sense, because names have changed and the real-life ending hasn’t been written yet even though the book’s conclusion takes on a life of its own. But regardless of the fictional storyline, a couple’s own story is still in production, so that means there’s still a chance to change their story…to take advantage of a second chance for their first love and ride off into the sunset together, instead of walking away from each other without fighting for a love that’s been there from the very beginning.
Ava Banks and Tucker Manning were meant to fall in love…fate brought them together for a reason, but it also drove them apart in order for dreams to be fulfilled and unexpected circumstances to be controlled in a constructive way. Despite the heartbreak of being pulled apart and the lonely existence both have felt for the past 5 years, they’ve grown as individuals and are now ready to reclaim the person who’s always been theirs and change the ending that occurred all those years ago to one that fit how much they love one another and their willingness to fight instead of walk away.
I love the concept of a story within a story, and Tessa Teevan does an amazing job of tying the two together and using one as a stepping stone for the other. Writing Those Three Words was a cathartic experience for Tucker, and it’s one that solidified what’s been missing from his life for the last 5 years. Trevor and Abby’s story sets in motion his reunion with Ava and allows old hurts to be kept in the past and the focus to be on the present and creating a future where Tucker and Ava fight for their relationship instead of hurt one another all over again.
Words I Couldn’t Say is an emotional journey for both Tucker and Ava as well as readers. In flashbacks, we learn how they broke each other’s hearts 5 years ago and the extenuating circumstances that tore them apart and then we witness the ways they repair one another’s hearts and prove by their actions that the love they’ve always felt for one another hasn’t dissipated despite the time and distance; in fact, it’s been their guiding force to bring Ava back home to Cincinnati and back into the arms of a man she’s always belonged to since she was born.
Words have power…the power to destroy…the power to heal…the power to bring lovers back together, but words alone can’t overcome a heartbreaking past…that requires a combination of words and deeds as well as a little help from fate!
4.5 Poison Apples