Hope this letter finds you well. Fuck, what has it been? Nine years? Ten? I guess it would be about nine since that’s how old our daughter is. She found me, Liv. She wants to meet us—both of us. I thought we should make the decision together. I can come to you or you can come home. I know your momma misses you something fierce. Let me know what you decide.
It’s been ten years since I left. Turned my back on my home, my family, and him. I wasn’t strong enough to salvage what was left after we gave her up. I couldn’t bear to see the look of disappointment and blame in his eyes.
I should’ve fought harder for her; for us. Now, all the feelings I spent ten years burying are beginning to resurface from one letter; one single piece of paper. I’m not sure I have it in me to face my past but I know I can’t turn my back on her again; not when I gave up so easily the first time.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
Grab some tissues! Nine years after Liv and Lincoln gave up their baby for adoption, the little girl reaches out wanting to get to know her birth parents… and it brings Lincoln and Liv, who were never quite the same after giving away their daughter, back together.
The story is told from both POVs in the present day and in flashbacks, so the reader gets a real sense of what the characters were going through at the time. I really detested Liv’s dad and the way he treated her. He had so much to do with why she left Lincoln and never looked back. But I’m a sucker for a second-chance romance, and when Lincoln gets Liv back into his life, he refuses to let go.
What We Left Behind is a great story of young love and forgiveness. Liv and Lincoln never got over one another, and the “what we left behind” wasn’t just their daughter, but the immense love that they shared. This book is kind of intense, yet there are so many sweet moments between the main characters. It’s an emotional journey that will give you all the feels, complete with a HEA that Liv and Lincoln so deserve!
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Lover of angst, drama, and happily ever afters, Nikki Sparxx is the bestselling author of The Scars of Us. When she’s not writing, Nikki enjoys reading, playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker, and bingeing Netflix.