Sunny Shelly’s Review: Great And Precious Things, by Rebecca Yarros

Release Date: February 25
How do you define yourself when others have already decided who you are? 
Six years ago, when Camden Daniels came back from war without his younger brother, no one in the small town of Alba, Colorado, would forgive him—especially his father. He left, swearing never to return.
But a desperate message from his father brings it all back. The betrayal. The pain. And the need to go home again.
But home is where the one person he still loves is waiting. Willow. The one woman he can never have. Because there are secrets buried in Alba that are best left in the dark.
If only he could tell his heart to stay locked away when she whispers she’s always loved him, and always will…
Great and Precious Things is a heart-wrenching story about family, betrayal, and ultimately how far we’re willing to go on behalf of those who need us most.
 
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Great And Precious Things has a wonderful unrequited-love, slow-burn romance, but this bittersweet, emotional story is so much more than a romance. It is full of forgiveness, redemption, family drama, and how far you will go to right a wrong.

Returning back home to his small Colorado town was something that Camden never thought he’d do. But when his father called asking him to fulfill a long-ago promise, he put aside everything that was telling him not to go back home in order to uphold that request. My heart broke for Camden over and over again. He is not only the black-sheep of his family, but he is scorned and an outsider in the town as a whole. Silly childhood mistakes and misguided judgements are still being held against him, even though he is a decorated war hero. Nobody can get past how he was responsible for his younger brother’s death — especially his father.

Well, there is one person who forgave Cam: childhood friend Willow. The girl next door who he has always been in love with. But she was his brother’s girlfriend, and that makes her hands-off. Needless to say, Camden is blown away when Willow confesses that she’s been in love with him as long as he’s been in love with her.


Their forbidden, frowned-upon romance is complicated by the court battle between Cam and his older brother, Xander, over guardianship of their father, who is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s. Dad wants a DNA and wants Cam to help him get it; Xander, who has Al’s medical power of attorney, is against it. The battle over Al’s want to die with dignity tears the family apart more than they already are, and the tragedy of Al’s disease rips them even further to shreds as his bad days outnumber the good.

This was a fantastic follow-up to The Last Letter. Great And Precious Things is an poignant, emotional family drama. Despite the rather abrupt ending (I would have liked something set further in the future, but it is what it is!), this book is one that had me reading and crying into the wee hours of the morning because I could not stop turning the next page.

I received an advanced copy via the publisher and NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Rebecca Yarros
 

I’m a hopeless romantic and adore all things chocolate, coffee and paleo. No, seriously, I need to have a caffeine IV put in. I’ve adored reading all my life, and writing naturally evolved from my love of late nights and promises of one more page.

I’m also a military wife of sixteen years. During my husband’s deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I was devouring a book a day, and during his third deployment, I finally wrote my own. With a somewhat ironic timing, I received my book deal for Full Measures during his fourth deployment, and published a month after he returned home. We’re currently preparing for his fifth deployment, so check out the blog for the latest!
On the homefront, we have six kids. Yes, you read that right—six. If I’m not writing or playing guitar, I’m usually tying hockey skates for our four boys, or sneaking in John Hughes marathons with my two daughters. We fostered and adopted our youngest daughter from the foster system and we’re passionate about helping others do the same through our non-profit, One October! We’re always busy navigating the winding road of our daughter’s recent autism diagnosis, getting our boys to hockey, prepping for a deployment, and generally trying to stay sane. We’re die-hard Mets fans, but our hearts call Colorado home.
If you’ve read all of that, haven’t fallen asleep, and still want to know more about me, check out my blog: http://www.rebeccayarros.com/blog!
 
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