After The End by Natasha Preston

I loved this book. The writing was compelling from the first page. The characters were well developed, and the emotional impact hopped off the page. Let’s get into it!

Tilly, the heroine of the story, lost her brother, Robbie, to a car accident. He made the wrong choice after drinking with friends, Lincoln and Stanley. Robbie was the only one who lost his life that night. 

When we opened the first page Tilly was morning. When she learned Lincoln Reid was returning to town, a fresh wound was opened–causing her to withdraw from the world around her even more. 

The night of the accident was Lincoln’s biggest regret. If only he made a different choice. Robbie was his friend. Although he wasn’t driving he was riddled with guilt. That night never escaped him. To make matters worse, Tilly was next door and he was in love with her. In the past, they had a friendship. Unfortunately for him, she wouldn’t speak to him. He was partially to blame, right? He attempted to avoid her, but living in a small town made it impossible. He didn’t want to accidentally run into Tilly or her family, causing them more grief. However, Tilly seemed to be everywhere. 

Tilly had to learn how to be around Lincoln without the blatant animosity. The more she was around him, the more she realized she missed her old friend. As her heart softened, she wrestled with her feelings. She couldn’t give in to him. I mean, he was partially to blame for her brother’s death, right? Would she give in or hold Lincoln accountable. 

Lincoln noticed Tilly’s battle of the heart. It was not the time for him to back down and he wouldn’t no matter the cost. What would happen in this tug of war of hearts? Will love win? You have to read it to find out. 

Tilly was strong-willed and stubborn at times. She was also over-protective and fragile. Lincoln was the last thing she needed, right? 

Lincoln was a loyal man and friend. He wanted to make things right. His intention was to renovate his parents home and move on with his life. But of course, it was more complicated than that. 

After I read the blurb, I knew I would love this book. It was emotional, captivating, and heart wrenching. I highly recommend it!

5/5