Beth’s dream has always been Disneyland, and with the way life has been going, a trip to the magical world was just the ticket she needed. But with a broken transmission halfway there, Beth and her boyfriend Ben get stranded in the town of Hope Falls, and she is not in the best of moods.
As things continue to take a dive, Ben is determined to turn this situation around. With a knack for fixing cars and a ring in his pocket, he prepares to turn the sourest lemon into the sweetest lemonade, all for the woman he loves.
But the problem might just run deeper than a broken down car and a delayed vacation.
5 stars — I beta read this book, which sometimes makes it hard to review, but not in this case. It was basically a masterpiece as written and I just spent a lot of my time swearing at Cassie for making me cry (for realz, poor girl took some abuse in the comments).
So how does she do it? I don’t get it folks. I don’t get how Ms. Mae writes these masterpieces of realism and awesomeness, but she’s done it again. Honestly I shake my head. It’s like she has a direct line to my consciousness and thoughts and feelings and decided to put them all in a novella, and rename the heroine Beth. You know what that shows? It provides incontrovertible proof that I’m not alone. That all these feelings I feel, are shared by so many. That depression is a stupid jerk that should be taken out back and shot.
Seriously though, this little novella took me through the wringer. And part of that is because it hit so freaking close to home. I highlighted so many passages and commented with “I’ve felt that!” and “I’ve been here!” For that reason alone this book was a masterpiece for me. Because it made me feel validated, and represented, and even loved. And through Beth’s relationship with Ben (we’ll get to him), it reminded me that the dark times are sprinkled with awesomeness. That experiencing depression does not preclude you from having these amazing moments. Heck, Beth and Ben reminded me of my hubby and I. They really and truly are the epitome of relationship goals. And not because everything is easy, but because it’s NOT. Because they struggled. But they made it through.
And it was so heartbreaking to watch Ben struggle with his side of Beth’s depression. To see how it could bring out his own insecurities. I just wanted to hug him to freaking death. He is pretty much the most amazing guy (though not without his own flaws), and I just can’t even right now. Seriously.
So enough with the heavy. Because while there is heavy, there is a heck of a lot of light in this novella too. And I cannot even tell you how much I laughed and smiled and just lit up inside reading about Beth and Ben’s romance. I LOVE that Ms. Mae is not afraid to give us an established couple and show us that even they still have a story to tell. From the bowling to the whole Disney day, my heart was just FULL.
I hate saying this, b/c it feels disloyal, but I do believe I have a new favourite Cassie Mae couple. Beth and Ben were amazing. And even though it’s not a full blown book, I’m pretty sure it’s trying to take top place as my favourite Cassie Mae book. I don’t know if it’s because it hit so close to home, or if it’s because she basically just wrote awesomeness personified, but it was a treat. It was everything my heart was wanting and needing. I know I always sound like one of those people who’s being disingenuous with my effusive praise, but I guess Ms. Mae just writes what I want to read. I’m never afraid to state my whole opinion, but in this case I have nothing but good to say. *happy fulfilled sigh*