Sunday, 1 December 2013
Review - Down To You By Addison Kline
Holly Edgemont used to love celebrating Christmas, that is, until her whole world was turned upside down by an unexpected divorce from her college sweetheart Brant. This year, not only is she divorced, but the kids are going out of state with her ex Brant, leaving her utterly alone. Holly's party-girl friend Sloane tries to break her out of her frump by dragging her along to holiday parties where Holly meets cute and available Chris. But when Holly realizes that she still has feelings for Brant, she has a decision to make: Learn to trust her long time love who broke her heart, or move on for good.
Brant Edgemont is a divorced father of three, and hopelessly in love with his ex-wife, Holly. He made the biggest mistake of his life walking out two years ago. Despite his pleas to reconnect, Holly still resists him. Is it too late to rekindle their love? Or will Holly move on for good, leaving Brant himself heartbroken and alone?
Down To You is not just a romantic love story. It is a story of familial love, friendship, betrayal, redemption, and the magic that can happen at Christmas time when friends and family join together.
Holly despised the thought of celebrating Christmas this year. Alone.
“Alone?!.... What do you mean alone?! You have me!” replied her exasperated friend Sloane over her steaming mug of hazelnut macchiato. Holly raised her eyebrow in contempt as she prepared to listen to her oldest friend’s rebuttal.
“Look Holl… I know you hate this time of year now because of “What’s-his-name” but seriously, that was two years ago! Besides, with both of us being single, we can hit some of the big parties this year!”
“Uh, aren’t you forgetting something, Sloane?” asked Holly with a perturbed look on her face. Confusion was painted across Sloane’s face.
“Sloane… The kids. I can’t go out partying with you when I have an eight year old, a seven year old and a four year old running around,” Holly calmly reminded her wild and carefree friend. Suddenly, a smirk spread across Sloane’s face.
“I do believe you are the one who is being forgetful, my friend…” said Sloane with a raised eyebrow, intent upon keeping her already flustered friend guessing.
“What are you talking about?” asked Holly, confusion clear in her voice.
“Don’t you remember that you told Brant-“
Holly held up her hand at the sound of his name at which Sloane used one of the agreed upon nicknames for her friend’s ex-husband in conversation.
“Sorry, uh, He-Who’s-Name-Should-Never-Be-Spoken-Aloud…”
“Anyway, you promised Mr. Fancy Pants that he could take the kids to see his parents in Colorado for Christmas this year.”
Holly looked dumbfounded. Sloane’s declaration had hit her like an oncoming train. She had completely forgotten about that entire conversation she had with Brant about the upcoming Christmas holiday.
“No, it’s brilliant!”
“Sloane, I want to spend Christmas with the kids!”
“You never get a break. This is the perfect opportunity.”
“I should never make decisions when I’ve consumed three glasses of carbermet sauvignon…” Holly relished, looking down at her now cold stack of pancakes. Sloane smirked at her.
“Girl, that is when I make my best decisions!”
“I totally am… Now you are free to party hearty with yours truly and there are a ton of parties that week… you might even meet someone.” Sloane said as she winked at Holly.
Holly and Brant are divorced and share the kids. They still love each other. But are both too stubborn to make the first move, both are hurting over the loss of an unborn baby. Until someone pulls an intervention.
I loved this story. It was heart-breaking. Anyone could totally identify with Holly and Brant. how quickly a marriage can go wrong when both parties are blaming each other and hurt enough to push the other one away.
The loss of a child is something a parent never wants to experience. I could identify with both these character after suffering a miscarriage at 10 weeks, was and is the most heartbreakingly, devastating experience any mother will go through.
I would recommend this story its a story of love lost and found again, extra special over the holidays.
This story gets 5/5 stars.