Showing posts with label Paige P Horne. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paige P Horne. Show all posts

May 12, 2017

Review: Chasing Ellie by Paige P. Horne

I’m the wild girl whose mom decided she didn’t want to live anymore. I grew up with a daddy who only had half a heart, in a town where everyone knows everyone. I’ve feared love nearly my whole life because I’ve seen first-hand what losing it looks like. It’s ugly, it’s scary and its pain is almost unbearable. When I was nine years old, my daddy told me you’ll only find one true love in this life.

“It’s the rarest but truest love there is, Little Miss. You find it and you never let it go.”

But I didn't share the chief’s feelings.

Until one summer day, when a brown eyed boy with a busted lip and a smirk, showed up in the small town of Green Ridge. Tommy Kingsley started to change everything. The boy from the south side of Chicago taught me that love isn't something to be feared and that it's the only thing that makes everything else worth it. He gave me hope and this story tells you how.

 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

6+++ 'Life is forever changing.' Stars

*****Although Chasing Ellie can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading Chasing Fireflies in order to experience the full emotional onslaught of this beaut! *****

There are books that make you feel, then there are books that become one with your soul, your being, and Chasing Ellie is just that! Paige P. Horne takes us, the reader and characters, on a profound and beautiful journey through the emotional battles of life and love in this heart wrenching yet soul soothing narrative experience.

'When I was nine years old, my daddy told me you'll only find one true love in this life. It's the rarest and truest love there is, Little Miss. You find it and you never let it go.'

Wild, carefree, and adventurous, just like her mama was, Ellie Williams is a free spirit and easy going in all things life except where her heart and love is involved.  Chasing Ellie spans over a decade, following her from adolescence to watching her bloom into a beautiful and intelligent adult. Life hasn't been a walk in the park for her. Plagued by the reputation of the girl who's mother killed herself, watching her father struggle to move on, living with only half his heart intact, she's learned to protect hers. Children see more and are more intuitive than people are aware, thus in some shape and form, plays a part in molding who they are, what they want to be and do in life.

'I don't want to fall in love. It cripples you. I've seen it happen.'

At times I became frustrated with Ellie's character. I just wanted to shake her and tell her to open up her mind, her heart, to just give in to the lure of love. Embrace it! Feel it! Live it! Love... it's such a fickle bastard at times. BUT at the same time I understood her hesitation, fears, and longing to cave to it all. Not only did she have her daddy wrapped around her finger, she had me too.

She's been his since the first moment he laid eyes on her. Rough around the edges, Tommy Kingsley is definitely not your typical boy next door. He's had a hard childhood, and growing up on the south-side of Chicago isn't a walk in the park. So different, yet so alike. I can see why Ellie and Tommy are drawn to each other. They truly are each others yin/yang, the calm in each others perfect storm. He wants more than friendship while she's paralyzed in fear of their relationship changing, that it couldn't go back to what it was if they took that next step, a jump in faith.

'Sometimes life is tough, and other times you make it that way by crappy choices. I get bored easy so I can't commit like Tommy. I'm a liar too because committing is not my problem. Love is. Getting too close is. The fear of someone owning my heart and crushing it is.'

My love for Tommy Kingsley wasn't immediate, he slowly grew on my throughout the story. His perseverance, strength, and will to better himself, to be worthy of Ellie's heart and trust for life set my heart ablaze. He really is book boyfriend material!

'He's what my dreams are made of. He's the sweetest thing that ever happened to me and the only person who can make me feel this way. Alive and so loved.'

Their story is one of turbulent emotions with a magnetic pull so intense yet so fragile the slightest twist of events could sever their connection once and for all. The execution of their story is 'on fleek' *wink* spanning over so many years, not feeling rushed along. Paige P. Horne did a stellar job delivering this heart-wrenching yet uplifting story. It's real, it's raw, it's a one of a kind book that you won't soon forget. A top read of 2017!

January 23, 2017

Review: Chasing Fireflies by Paige P. Horne

People say young love never lasts. They say you should wait and grow up first, you should figure out who you are. But those people didn’t know us. They didn’t know that she didn’t like shoes and Christmas was her favorite time of the year. They didn’t know that she liked to feel the cold dirt run through her fingers and floppy hats were a must when planting flowers. Curly hair was meant to be wild and Fireflies were meant to be chased. Paint wasn’t just for walls and ceilings but for noses and skin.

Our love was the rarest kind of love and I held onto it with everything I had. But you see, Sara Williams wasn’t in control of her choices. Her mind betrayed her and was her hearts worst enemy. Sometimes we are only meant to have a certain amount of time with the person we love. Sometimes a lifetime isn’t enough. But you take what you’re given and you make the best of every moment. This is a story about love, life and never giving up. This is a story about a woman who tried to be better for a man and a man who loved a woman more than his next breath. This is a story about us… Sara and Cash Williams.

 Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

5 "Promise, promise." Stars

'Sometimes it's hard for the girl I love to get out of bed, and there are times that she only does it for me. But there are also times when I'm not even enough the fight the darkness away.'

Beautifully written, Chasing Fireflies is a poignant, heartbreaking and tragic story that delves into the deepest, darkest depths of depression. This may be fiction, but the subject matter is real. It's raw, and Paige P. Horne delivered the tale of Cash and Sara tastefully and with so much heart, that my own heart literally bled out for this book.

Instantly hooked, I was immediately drawn in from the prologue. The eerie vibe of death and despair it layed out... well, it kind of make me giddy. I'm a sucker for truly tragic and heartbreaking prose. To say I devoured the book would be an understatement. I lived it, breathed it and loved every word of it.

Their young love was frowned upon, these two lovebirds had their work cut out for them, individually and together. Through strength, perseverance, faith and love, Cash and Sara would make their life together a success. Moving to a new town, leaving the negative and naysayers in their dust. It was time to start fresh. Who knew that eight years would be all they had left.

'Love. Love is what makes a house a home. But hope is what makes life worth living, and I've lost any that I may have had.'

I can't say enough great things about Chasing Fireflies! Ms. Horne has me hooked on her storytelling. It's simply addictive and I cannot wait to get my hands on Ellie's book!

'Over time, we will be nothing but dust. Forgotten as the wind tosses us about. We will forever fly, but forever be no more.'