Award-winning author Suzanne McKenna Link brings you her powerful and moving debut novel set on the South Shore of Long Island. Saving Toby is the first book of a two-part story that follows the emotional and inspirational tale of a young couple's journey to find themselves.
Taking Toby's side means Claudia will be forced to face situations she never imagined. She will have to be tougher than she's ever had to be
Does Claudia have the grit to love Toby through his fall?
Full length, New Adult Contemporary love story. No cliff hanger.
*Contains strong language and explicit scenes. Ages 18+ recommended.
Received an ARC from Author for honest review.
This book is an emotional roller-coaster for our two main characters. We have Claudia who is still trying to find herself. She is in that awkward stage between adulthood and adolescence. Should she still rely on her father for everything and if so follow his laid out plan for her; or, does she blaze her own path? Then we have Toby. The poor guy was handed a crappy situation from the get-go. With his external negative influences, shaping who he believes he is, Toby goes through many emotional and physical obstacles.
One thing I liked about this book was how real and raw it was. The characters had many struggles and the author illustrates them with an honest interpretation.
Claudia is the main focus for the first half of the book. She grew up with a strong father who expected her to be the ideal daughter. Claudia didn't get into trouble. She was a "good girl," but in college she begins to realize that she wants more. Living under daddy's thumb isn't going to let her get very far. She has to stand up for herself. Her dream to attend USC (GO TROJANS) is inspiring. She doesn't give up and devotes all her energy and focus on getting into the degree program. When she allows herself a break and to reevaluate her situation, that is when she truly and finally allow Toby in.
Obstinate, prideful and even a bit rude, Everett Rockford shouldn’t exactly be “dating material,” even if June’s heart rate accelerates whenever she’s near him. But after discovering his enigmatic past and witnessing a few fiery moments of tenderness, June can’t help but see Rochester, Darcy and even Heathcliff in Everett. If she’s going to make it through the summer without becoming a tragic heroine in her own story, she has to separate the man from the ideals of fiction in her head. Because if there’s one thing she knows about Byronic love stories, it’s that they don’t always end happily ever after.
I am an Austen lover. Always have been, always will be. Now does that mean I totally hate the Bronte sisters? No, I don't. I am just not into so much tormented-love. So out of the three I would say my order of favorites goes Pride and Prejudice ALL the way. Then I would go with Jane Eyre. Last would be Wuthering Heights. You don’t have to care what my favorite classic books are. The only reason I am telling you which ones I prefer one over the others, so you get a since of why I liked this book. Now in the story, June loves each of these books equally. She has read them more times then she could count. She has a bit of a Jane, from Austenland obsession thing going on.
Now one reason I was excited about reading this book was because it took place in a Library, and as many of you out there know, I too work in a Library. I already felt a connection to the book just for that purpose. June is a romantic-at-heart, and has a difficult time standing up to those that have authority over her. She is still coming-of-age in this book. Recognizing that she is no longer a child and needs to start making her own choices.
I think that is a big one for many that go off to college and come back that first year. You lived on your own for the past 9 months and then you are right back under your parent’s roof for the summer. It is difficult going from semi-independence to complete-dependence. I remember having that problem when I returned from my first year in college.
Our male character, Everett Rockford, who is supposed to be the embodiment of - Darcy, Rochester, and Heathcliff - is having his own external forces pressure him into a specific lifestyle. He is prideful, arrogant, rude, and snobbish. All the best parts of our Classic Byronic heroes. This story is a little different. He has some Heathcliff and Rochester up bring and then has a Mother and step-sister similar to Lady Catherine De Berg. Then to top it off we have a gay best friend whose sister is the complete package of our favorite ‘love-to-loath’ Miss. Caroline Bingley.
This book takes your favorite parts from your favorite books and puts them all together in a modern-day-twist.
Over all if you want to read a book that is similar to P&P, JE, & WH then this is your book. I truly enjoyed it.
This book is a Clean Read! It was very sweet and well done.
To all my classic romantics out there, this book is up your alley.
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