Sunny Shelly’s Review: Under The Sycamore, by B. Celeste


Title: Underneath the Sycamore Tree
Author: B. Celeste
Genre: Contemporary Stepbrother Novel

Release Date: November 1, 2019


It happened
in stages.
My father
My twin
sister died of an incurable autoimmune disease.
My mother
started breaking down.
Then I was
diagnosed with the very thing that took my other half from me.
That was
when I realized Mama’s eyes turned gold when she cried.
So I moved
in with my father and his new family—new wife, new son, new stepbrother.
Monroe made me feel normal.
Cared for. Loathed. And … loved.
along the way, I’d found solace in the boy with brooding eyes.
everything happens in stages.
And nothing
good ever lasts.


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We walk for what
feels like forever until I see a large sycamore tree in the middle of a field
of purple flowers. It seems out of place, yet perfectly set at the same time.
Kaiden walks over to
it and sits down, leaning his back against the thick trunk. He seems at peace,
which is a new look for him. His body is eased as he stretches his long legs
out without a care in the world.
I stare. Not just at
him, but at the tree. It’s huge with its long branches and bright green leaves
transitioning into yellow and orange and red that give the space a beautiful
kind of life. Lo would have loved this spot. She would have dragged me out and
stayed here until Mama called our names in frantic worry. Lo always wanted to
be free, out in the open, surrounded by trees and plants and animals.
Suddenly, the tears
that had finally stopped falling on the way over begin building again until
everything blurs. Bottom lip trembling, I hear Kaiden’s heavy sigh.
“What’s wrong now?”
I answer silently
what my emotions won’t let me speak aloud.
Lo was buried under a sycamore tree.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Ugly Cry Stars

Holy moly. I am wrecked. Emery and Kaiden have a heartbreaking story, but it is full of learning to live life every moment that you have.

I knew from the blurb that Emery was ill, but I wasn’t prepared for how much this book wrecked me. Me and Kaiden are step siblings, but they have such an honest friendship first and foremost. He’s got burdens to carry as well, and they really do grow. To depend on one another in a most magnificent way.

This book is one of those that works its way under your skin, the couple into your heart, and you will never forget them. A definite one for the reread often shelf!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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Author Bio
B. Celeste’s obsession with all things forbidden and taboo
enabled her to pave a path into a new world of raw, real, emotional romance.
Her debut novel is The Truth about Heartbreak.


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