Title: Still Us
Author(s): Lindsay Detwiler
No. of pages: 340
Publication date: May 19th 2018
Date read: May 16th 2018
From the first time they locked eyes, Lila Morrow and Luke Bowman had a special spark. Their first kiss sealed their fairy-tale romance… until everything fell apart.
Luke’s life began when he met Lila—and in many ways, it ended when she left him. Drowning in regrets, Luke is determined to give Lila the space to be happy. The sexy, singing roofer quickly realizes, however, he really shouldn’t have let her go.
After their breakup, Lila moves back in with her family. The twenty-nine-year-old veterinarian’s transition to a life without Luke isn’t as easy as she expected. With the help of her wild Grandma Claire and her high-heel-loving sister, Maren, she starts to play the field… but she isn’t sure she’ll ever stop loving the curly-haired man from her early twenties.
Luke and Lila’s love story ended, and their individual boxes have been packed. But as they explore the single life and the dating world, both discover sometimes the love you leave behind is exactly what you need to be happy.
About the author
An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay’s the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.
She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.
Lindsay’s goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she’s done her job.
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Again a book by Lindsay Detwiler I absolutely loved! I love how realistic and relatable the characters are. You get to know every single one of them very well, I also got to love them ALL (even crazy Grandma Claire) and I will definitely miss them now I’ve finished the book.
Still Us deals with heartbreak and loss in a very original way. It felt so real it almost had me crying a couple of times. One of my biggest fears is losing Pieter for some reason and this story just sketched an image of what it would be like and how it would feel. And it wouldn’t be pretty – I would fall apart, just like Luke and Lila did. Although Detwiler’s stories deal with serious issues, her books also involve a lot of humour that, honestly, made me laugh out loud. There’s this perfect balance between wanting to cry and wanting to laugh!
I had one tiny thing that bugged me: the focus on marriage. I think I’m one of the few women who don’t feel anything special when thinking about marrying, except for that it costs a lot of money if you want to do it “right” (and if I’m going to marry, I want to do it “right”). I don’t think the relationship and love between Pieter and I would be any different if we would marry … But maybe my opinion could change in time, who knows?
(I hope I don’t offend anyone with my view on marriage – it’s just my opinion. Sorry if I did offend you though!)
Okay, back to my love for this book, because I really did love it! Just like any other book by Lindsay Detwiler I have read so far, like All of you and Wild Hearts. If you’re looking for a realistic romance read, that also deals with serious issues, the books by Detwiler are perfect!
* This book was kindly sent to me in exchange for an honest review *