When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.
In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.
If only it were that easy.
But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?
With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future.
I'm so happy to be a part of this tour for Love, Lucas. When I signed on for this tour I was really hoping to love this book. It sounded like it had emotional potential and one thing I love when I read books is to be sucked in emotionally.
Oakley's brother has just passed away from cancer. She is devastated, hurting and feeling so alone. Her parents are struggling separately and together and Oakley is basically left to work through all these feelings on her own. It's just heart wrenching.
I did love the emotional connection I felt to Oakley. I was caught up and invested in this book the whole way through. It was sad and hopeful at the same time. I will admit to shedding a few tears throughout this book. It was really good. Oakley is on an emotional journey, trying to heal and find a way back to herself and I went on the journey with her.
Carson is all things fantastic. He is sweet and charming and thoughtful. He is so kind to Oakley and looks past the emotional turmoil and anger to see the real her. Yeah, he is a good book boyfriend. :)
I had the chance to ask the author a few questions for this post. How fun, right? Here's what went down:
What are ten things we need to know about Carson?
1. Heart of Gold
2. Nice Beach Body (Of course!)
3. Close to his family. Especially his sister.
4. Skittles are his candy of choice.
5. Awesome surfer
6. Spends free time listening to music. (He's a big fan of Coldplay)
7. He's all about helping people.
8. Truly cares about those he loves.
9. He was a straight A student in high school.
10. Bought and fixed up his awesome jeep himself. (Who doesn't like a guy who works on cars?)
Which character from your book would you most like to have dinner with?
Tell us about a typical day in the life of Chantele Sedgwick.
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