I have read literally every book that Colleen Hoover has written and loved them all. But my love Colleen’s newest book, It Ends With Us, is on a whole different level. It’s darker and much heavier and more real and more painful that anything Colleen has written before.

Colleen Hoover It Ends With UsThe newest, highly anticipated novel from beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Hoover.
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

I cried through the last 10% of this book, not just because the story was poignant, but because Colleen has written a novel that is deeply personal and from her own personal account & those of her own family, but because the conclusion of the book gave me permission to forgive myself. To say that I made a choice for myself and my future that was not selfish, that I could break my marriage vows (for better or for worse) and walk away and start a fresh, with a life I deserved and with a man who could love me how I deserved to be loved. 

In the closing chapter, when Lily is talking to Ryle about what he’d want for his daughter, about what advice he’d give her, I felt freed from years of guilt of the choices I made, but reading that, made me realize, my parents would want the same for me, that I would want the same for my own daughters.

It’s a powerful read, it will you give you insights into situations I hope you never have to experience and help people understand what domestic abuse is and the far reaching effects it has. That it’s not a simple as walking away sometimes, that it takes great courage, strength and determination and is never ever a selfish act, neither is choosing to stay.

A complicated, heart wrenching, thought provoking and ultimately, healing five star read for me! 

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