Author: Elle Brooks

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle BrooksA Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks
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5 Stars

Ellis Hughes has loved the girl next door since he was ten-years-old. She was his sun, moon, and every visible star in a clear night sky. She was also his biggest regret.

When a terrible accident rips Ellis and Harlow apart, it shatters both their hearts beyond repair. More than a decade later, Ellis has paid his penance, but his regret still lingers, and the love he once harbored for his childhood sweetheart has never faded.

What Ellis believes has been destroyed forever, slowly comes back to life, only for a cruel twist of fate to intervene. Knowing he cannot live his life without Harlow in it, he faces the ultimate test of selflessness.

He must sacrifice his own heart to mend hers.

Also by this author: A Life Less Beautiful, A Life Less Beautiful

GAH!!! Elle… you own my heart and soul… this book… is just… GAH!!! wow!

Elle has woven a tale so intricate, so beautiful, so raw… it couldn’t be less beautiful if she tried!

You meet Harlow and Ellis at the tender age of 11. Their meeting is pretty intense! especially for Ellis. :). This encounter brings them into a tried and true friendship that spans decades…. they experience soooo much together.. the happy and sad.. the pain and love. Most of those emotions seem to go hand in hand.. and it is so true for them.

Ellis and Harlow suffer through their love… Epic and beautiful.. and so very tragic. There is sooooo much I want to say about this amazing story.. but you just have to dive in… guard your heart, and bring the tissues!

Another amazing and beautifully written story by Elle… can’t wait for where she takes us next….

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Princess Emma Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks

Princess Emma Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle BrooksA Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks
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5 Stars

Ellis Hughes has loved the girl next door since he was ten-years-old. She was his sun, moon, and every visible star in a clear night sky. She was also his biggest regret.

When a terrible accident rips Ellis and Harlow apart, it shatters both their hearts beyond repair. More than a decade later, Ellis has paid his penance, but his regret still lingers, and the love he once harbored for his childhood sweetheart has never faded.

What Ellis believes has been destroyed forever, slowly comes back to life, only for a cruel twist of fate to intervene. Knowing he cannot live his life without Harlow in it, he faces the ultimate test of selflessness.

He must sacrifice his own heart to mend hers.

Also by this author: A Life Less Beautiful, A Life Less Beautiful

5 Crowns

Harlow and Ellis were 11 years old when they met. Best friends and partners in crime, as they grew so did their feelings and they soon fell in love. Inseparable and tethered together by an intense love that nothing can break… and then tragedy strikes and the love that seemed so indestructible, shatters into tiny pieces. That was 10 years ago, 10 years that Harlow has struggled through without the other half of her heart. But Ellis is back and against all odds the embers of their lost love start to re-ignite.

Will they be able to move past the past and look towards a future together? Or are they destined to be pulled apart?

How far would you go for true love?

Blimey this is a seriously emotional book. Told from dual POV in both the present and past, we learn everything about our main protagonists and man did it at times hurt my heart. I use the phase emotional rollercoaster a lot in my reviews and that is because I love a good angsty romance; and this my friends is that and a little bit more.

Now I have to really rein myself in with this review as it would be so easy to get carried away. Writing down my thoughts and the emotions that this book pulled out of me, but without giving the game away and spoiling the whole bloody book just isn’t possible. What I can assure you is that once you have read this book you will totally get where my head and heart are at the moment. This is a book that will blindside you so much that it will leave you needing a few days to gather your thoughts on it. One of those books that you re-read the last couple of chapters to get it straight in your mind.

And how does it end… well you need to read it yourself and make your own decision on that. I am happy with how I felt it ended, I would just read carefully and think about what you are reading. You will be in a heart palpitating state, or certainly I was hence why I had to re-read when I was feeling a little calmer. Will it be everybody’s cup of tea? Show me a book that is. But what this book is, (and it really is) is a beautiful love story. A story of selflessness, of compassion and it was a pleasure to read.

Elle Brooks is without doubt a fantastic writer. She has a beautiful way of telling a story. Every book she writes has this way of grabbing you and immersing you in the story with characters that are not just relatable, but more importantly are loveable as well. Her story structure is always unique and the phrasing she uses has a real poetic flow to it. She is certainly a talent that continues to grow and grow with every book she publishes.

 

A beautiful story about how far people are prepared to go for love. I loved it and I hope you will too, but if I had a request it would be a novella to complete the story and show us a glimpse into the future… I am not too proud to beg at this point either!

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Princess Kelly Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks

Princess Kelly Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle BrooksA Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks
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4 Stars

Ellis Hughes has loved the girl next door since he was ten-years-old. She was his sun, moon, and every visible star in a clear night sky. She was also his biggest regret.

When a terrible accident rips Ellis and Harlow apart, it shatters both their hearts beyond repair. More than a decade later, Ellis has paid his penance, but his regret still lingers, and the love he once harbored for his childhood sweetheart has never faded.

What Ellis believes has been destroyed forever, slowly comes back to life, only for a cruel twist of fate to intervene. Knowing he cannot live his life without Harlow in it, he faces the ultimate test of selflessness.

He must sacrifice his own heart to mend hers.

Also by this author: A Life Less Beautiful, A Life Less Beautiful

Ellis and Harlow will melt your heart in true classic romantic style and break it in the next. A childhood friendship turned teenage lovers with hopes and dreams of a content and happy future, turns to shock and bewilderment when one moment of anger and judgement changes their course.

Harlow is a sporty, fun loving, tough girl who has a luster for life. The final piece of her content jigsaw came in the form of a beautiful 11 year old boy and new neighbour, Ellis Hughes. Their initial meeting ended in tears when she shot him but that was soon forgotten when tears turned to an unbreakable bond of friendship.

Ellis never wanted to move but finding out that their were older boys next door was an exciting prospect. Although, the youngest sister made a painful impression, her empathy shone, as did her lust for fun and ability to give the boys a run for their money, alas a new friendship is born.

A chunk in the armour of what was an impenetrable relationship comes a little later when Harlow collapses. Frantic, Ellis undoubtedly saves her life only to be told that the love of his life has a heart condition that strips her of the athletic lifestyle she loves.

With her condition monitored closely and life back on track, laugher, love, the prospect of college and a happy future still beckons, that is until one moment destroys everything and that unbreakable bond is severed for ten years.

Now he’s back…

I can’t give you anything else in terms of plot overview but what I will say is I thoroughly enjoyed Elle Brooks new and deeply moving offering in A Life Less Beautiful.

Told in double POV in past and present tense, this book brought light, laughter and all things considered, a stunning love story to stand the test of time.

For me personally, I felt the first half of the book flowed better and I loved how two kids found solace and a commitment so young. Although, the second half was a good read, I had a couple of issues with the end which is very subjective. I prefer a well rounded, undeniable finale and I felt this to be more of a questionable cliffhanger hence the 4-stars. This is a personal thing because my blog sister loved how clever it was and gave it a 5 so don’t let this cloud any judgement when it comes to reading this book as it really is a wonderful story.

Yes there is angst and heartbreak, but most of all and enlightening and breathtaking tale of survival and love revival in the aftermath of tragedy. Soulful and beautifully written; A Life Less Beautiful is this summer’s read!

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