Title: The Light of Day (Beyond the Horizon #2)
Author: Kristen Kehoe
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Life, Love
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Kristen Kehoe
Source: eARC via Netgalley
Two broken dreams, one apartment, and the chance to start again.
In this second installment in the Beyond the Horizon series, Cora, Mia’s cousin from Beyond the Horizon, has made some bad choices in her life, and these choices have led to bad things. Now, she’s on the mend, but while she’s mending, she’s learning how to live again, which also means learning how to love, and let others love her.
I have received a digital copy of this book via netgalley. Thank you, Ms. Kristen!
This book is about love, acceptance, and moving on. Cora, a twenty something girl from Portland, has a lot of problems. She has familial and love issues and has problems fitting in (in terms of friendship). She has been a rebellious girl all her llife. She grew up craving attention and love from her parents, which she has never gotten because of bad choices, both on her part and on her parents’ part. As someone who lacks care and love, she has sought comfort from alcohol and men. She used these to forget and numb the pain – even for a little while. She’s been deep into her problems to the extent where she couldn’t get up on her own anymore. Start something on own and for herself. Until her cousin, Mia, had to persuade her to seek help and be better.
Over a year later, she’s slowly getting back on her feet and then at a party she meets Handsome Jake (that’s what everybody calls him in the book, anyway). There is immediate chemistry between them. Jake’s been a wreck since an accident, which forced him to take a break from playing baseball. He didn’t come from a picture perfect family either so technically, both of them are bad news for each other; at least, that’s what everybody around them says. Jake also knows this but it doesn’t stop him from pursuing her. Jake seeks help and comfort from Cora and although Cora knows it’s a bad idea, she slowly lets him in. Together, they discover that they can rise from the bottom and that they have a second chance in life and in love.
Opinions and thoughts:
This book is full of drama and is very emotional. It’s more character-driven than plot-driven so it tackles the characters’ issues. Because of that, it’s really slow-paced. It’s pacing is not an obstacle at all since the author has wonderfully addressed every issue the characters have, or most of their issues, anyway. The author has dedicated the book to
anyone who has ever had to battle to see tomorrow. Here’s to you, one day at a time.
(Thanks for the heads up, Ms. Kristen!) I haven’t read that many books which are character-driven because I prefer action-packed books that are fast-paced but I do appreciate wonderfully written stories about getting back on one’s feet and about having second chances. I am glad this book is one of them. This is actually the second book in Beyond the Horizon series but it is a spin-off so it can be read as a stand-alone. If you haven’t read anything by Kristen Kehoe, I think it’s better if you start with Mia and Ryan’s story. Just sayin’.
One thing I didn’t like, though, is the characters’ self-destructive attitude (mostly on Cora’s part). I think I tend to be like this sometimes but in Cora’s case, it’s pretty intense and messed up. But overall, I enjoyed the book.
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