Title: The Roots of Us
Author: Candace Knoebel
Publication Date: May 17th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
The first time I saw Hudson Jameson, he was saving someone’s life.
The second time, he was ruining mine.
It was only supposed to be a vacation. A chance to let the Florida sun burn away the residue left behind from my failed relationships. I wasn’t searching for love. I was on a hiatus from men, especially ones with secrets.
Except Hudson had the gaze of a man drowning in his own miseries, and I was a sucker for the damaged souls. How could I deny him? How could I resist when his lips claimed mine?
I knew I couldn’t stay.
He told me he couldn’t bear to leave.
But some roots intertwine and refuse to let go, no matter how far you run.
*I received this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*
The synopsis of this one intrigued me immensely and I couldn't help but wonder whether it will be like every other Romance novel I've unfortunately stumbled upon recently! Which means underdeveloped, with any significant meaning or plot and full of cringe worthy moments that actually deserve an award. No, The Roots of Us was none of those things because you know what? It almost reached perfection! I'm so glad I chose to give it a chance because after my last disappointing reads that belong in the same Genre, I was just about ready to give up! It definitely renewed my hope in humanity and relationships, made me scream in frustration, almost cry fat ugly tears and laugh with unadulterated joy! So many emotions raced through my poor heart while reading it and I wouldn't have had it any other way!
I don't like talking about the plot because of my need to explain things as they are and spoiling minor or major details in the process without even realizing it. It's not the same with Fantasy because things are always more complicated but, if you want to know what this book's about, all you need to do is read its synopsis! Nothing more, nothing less!
I was impressed as soon as I started reading because of how mature the voice of the narrator - Hartley in this case - sounded and the impact her words carried throughout the novel. She was terrifyingly relatable because who hasn't fallen in love with the right person at the wrong time and so real that I could almost touch her! Her romance with Hudson isn't ideal which is proven multiple times and in multiple ways but, that doesn't stop her from wanting to make things work! Hudson was such a sweetheart under all that mysterious broodiness that was basically his way of coping with things! His chemistry with Hartley is undeniable and as much as he tries to resist at the beginning and keep her away from him, she manages to sneak through his defenses and become an irreplaceable part of his life and his heart. They were made for each other and even though it takes such a long time for them to realize it, their time apart makes them stronger when they're together!
The story starts off slow and turns quite intense as it progresses, which is something I absolutely love in novels but haven't really come across in a while! This slow burn torture of wanting someone but not being able to have them because of one reason or another really hit close to home and I feel like that what made the experience of reading this book so much more raw for me, personally! The writing was beautiful and poignant, which heightened the experience and I'm going to repeat myself by saying that, I loved Hartley's narration and how real it felt while I was reading it! The characters' development goes back and forth between their highs and lows. Highs when they're together and lows when they're forced to be apart. Not going to say why and in case you're wondering, do yourselves and favor and pick this one up!
The only thing that kind of bothered me was how rushed the ending felt compared to the pace of the story as a whole. It was just too sudden and abrupt for my liking, which didn't influence my overall view of the book itself, just made me wish for a more detailed version of it. I loved how well thought out everything was and the fact that I found a kindred spirit in Hartley, which hasn't really happened before! I also felt like their story was extremely relatable and the relationship that developed between them throughout the novel was both heartbreaking and heartwarming because of the ups and downs they encountered in their way to a happily ever after!
Overall, I immensely enjoyed The Roots of Us and it's definitely one of the best Romance novels I've read in a while. There was nothing problematic about it which I feel like I need to disclose because of how relevant the topic of getting the wrong message across in books actually is in general. It's not something I've personally encountered in a very large scale before but, just came across in one of the books I just finished reading. It obviously has nothing to do with this particular novel but, it really affected me so, I thought I'd mention it in case some of you had doubts concerning this particular aspect of the novel itself!
Would I recommend The Roots of Us?
A big fat YES!
Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. She's a self-proclaimed Lost Girl. Words are her mirror.
With two completed series, her work ranges from paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance.
Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her thirteenth novel, The Taste of Her Words.