When I received an email about an ARC opportunity for Brittainy C. Cherry’s Eleanor & Grey, the blurb instantly caught my eye:
“Greyson East left his mark on me. As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.
Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again. When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.
I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.
The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain. When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only. He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.
But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for. I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too. “
Love and pain seem so synonymous, and I wanted to read about the boy and the girl who once loved each other and eventually lost each other only to be reunited again. To me, that sounded like the perfect angsty Sunday afternoon read.
And it absolutely lived up to it.
Eleanor & Grey is a romance. However, it is much more. It’s a story about friendship and loss and pain and healing. And it is about love. But it is also about people who are broken by tragedy. Alone, those broken parts cannot heal. Instead, friendship, sacrifice, and love mend those broken parts.
Brittainy C. Cherry has written an ode to healing through love with this book. I was right. It is angsty. Had I used tissues, I would have easily used a quarter of the box with this book. It hits you in the “feels” in a way that is magnificent (if you like that kind of thing…which I do).
This is what I love about this book:
- Yes, this is a beautiful love story between friends. Eleanor and Greyson are friends before they are lovers. Their friendship binds this book. There is a physical relationship between the two …eventually, but it isn’t their center. The core of their love story is their ability to love each other through their pain as friends first and lovers later.
- The supporting cast of this book is also the strength of this book. This story is not entirely about Eleanor and Greyson. It is also about Grey’s daughters, Karla and Lorelai, Ellie’s parents, Grey’s mother-in-law, Claire, Eleanor’s cousin, Shay, and Greyson’s best friend, Landon. Each of them play an important part in telling this story about loss and love, and their insertion into Ellie and Grey’s story creates more layers to their story. Without them, I don’t think I would have felt such a warmth for Ellie and Grey’s story. They were necessary in showing the gradations of grief.
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely! If you like a second-chance, angsty story about love and friendship, then Eleanor & Grey is a 5-star must read. I knew when I read that blurb, that I was going to fall in love with this couple. And Brittainy C. Cherry’s story definitely broke my heart a little, but mended it in the end just like she mended the hearts of Eleanor and Greyson.
In love and romance,