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Next To You by Claudia Y Burgoa
Next To You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
…I need time. Time to heal those wings and learn to use them…
Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancée and best friend left when she ran away. The person he trusted the most for the past decade disappeared without giving him a second glance. She taught him how to love, believe in family and that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Now he’s struggling between wiping any traces of her from his life and drowning his sorrows away with the help of his new best friends—Don Julio and Jack Daniels.
Rebecca’s past suffocated her to the point of not wanting to continue, her lifeline and the only reason to live began to withdraw from her. She wished it had been her imagination, but heard it loud and clear: “If not, there’s always a divorce, nothing is forever.” This time it became a leave or die situation. Something has got to change—she had to change. Packing light and leaving a letter behind, she takes a journey that can help her find herself through the shards of her painful childhood.
As letters, memories and stories are exchanged, two once inseparable people reconcile what’s left of their relationship. Beyond the confines of everything they built together, they’re left with two lonely people searching for what it means to be whole. Will they find meaning under their bruised psyches or will their pasts get the better of them?
Holy wow. There are a few authors that send me through emotional turmoil with the books they write. Claudia Y. Burgoa is one of them… and I love her for it.
If you haven’t read book one, Where Life Takes You, do not read my review. I will not spoil Next To You are all for you, but there is something that I have to say about something that happened in book one.
You probably already know it because it’s in the blurb for Next To You.
I CANNOT BELIEVE BECCA RAN AWAY FROM DAN!!!!!
I mean, I get it. She needs to work through her issues from the past, which if you read Where Life Takes You, you know that Becca has had some really heavy heartbreaking stuff happen to her.
BUT SHE LEFT DAN!
Ok. I’m almost better.
We know the characters at this point, we know who the good guys are, the ones who will protect Becca with their lives, the ones we love, and I was so happy to see them back, but I wouldn’t have blamed Dan for strangling anyone in the beginning of the book.
We go back and forth with their letters, my heart being ripped out a little more here and there, I wanted to shake Rebecca into today, you love him, he loves you, come on now.
Rebecca isn’t the only one who kind of needs to find themselves. Dan does too.
I loved the letters between the two of them. I loved Dan’s POV being what we get as he is dealing with life without Becca.
Next To You is an amazing story of healing, of growing, of finding who you are, being able to stand on your own two feet. It’s also a story of family, of friendship, of knowing when it’s ok to let someone help you.
I cried more than once, the tears were seriously flowing at the end as I said goodbye to these characters that I have grown to love.
Both Where Life Takes You and Next To You are absolutely beautiful books, even when they are dealing with hard subject matters. I would recommend these to everyone.
Thank you so very much for my copy of Next To You! It’s one of those books that I felt honored to read.
BECCA TRENT LIVED HER CHILHOOD NEXT TO A CRUEL WOMAN—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple years later, thing ended up in tragedy. Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, caught between sanity and nightmares. Between therapy, work and her constantly looming past she can’t seem to find room to breathe. The memories of her late step-sister, Lisa, are her closest company. Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread. Note: This is the first part of a two book novel.
Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.
Claudia Y. Burgoa
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