★★★★ 4 stars!
"Home, my beautiful girl. I finally found my home."
What a wonderful story. I really enjoyed reading Into the Storm. From the moment I started reading it, it managed to grab my attention and I could not stop reading until I finished it. It had the perfect balance between romance and drama/suspense. Other than a short summary, I feel like I can't reveal too much about the storyline because there are quite a few twists and turns that you just have to find out by reading the story yourself.
"I can't remember how I got here and I can't remember my name."
She is a woman on the run. Or so it seems. After her car crashes into a tree, Joshua Bennet is the one who finds her and takes care of her. The thing is, after the crash, she doesn't remember anything from her former life, not even her own name.
He is a bestselling author who's been living alone in a secluded house in the woods for the past five years. Traumatic events led him to withdraw from society and seek out a live in solitude. His only company is his loyal dog Bear and the occasional visit from his agent. When a woman in need suddenly shows up on his property, he has no choice but to help her out and open himself up to another person.
Together they help each other pick up the broken peaces from their life and find a way to overcome their deepest fears. SInce she doesn't remember her own name, he decides to call her Rabbit.
"Rabbit?""I have to call you something. 'Hey you' doesn't seem right."
And so, begins their story. But it isn't long before secrets and revelations from their past catch up to them and make it all the more difficult for them to be together. Still, the time they spent together makes them both realize how lonely they've been and how much they've come to mean to each other in such a relatively short period of time.
Rabbit/Lizzy is a very broken spirited woman who's been through a lot of painful events in her past. She doesn't know what it's like to be loved and cared for simply for being herself. Joshua is the one who shows her what true love and caring for someone feels like. Even though he's still haunted by his past memories as well, he's the epitome of a "good guy". I loved how patient and protective he was of Rabbit was and how they both managed to support each other while fighting their own personal demons.
"I found that reason you hoped I would find one day, Rabbit. You're that reason."
Overall, Into the Storm is a beautiful, intense, drama filled story about love, courage and the power of healing. It's a story about two broken people who find each other in the most desperate of times and who find in themselves to overcome their fears in order to fight for the love and peace they both deserve in their life. It's a standalone and the author's debut novel and I'm already looking forward to reading more of her work in the future!
**ARC kindly provided by the author, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review**