My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I finished this book two days ago and have been putting off writing my review simply because I had no words – only tears – tears of sorrow, tears of happiness, tears of mourning, tears of hope, tears of love. As I am writing now thinking about what I want to say, the tears are building again. Everyone needs to read this book! I would give it 10 stars if I could!
The Beautiful Hearts Duet will forever remain some of my favorite books of all time. Emma Scott has a way of creating characters who are so raw and real that you can’t help but insert yourself into their lives and truly feel that you know them. In Bring Down the Stars, you get to know Autumn – the compassionate, positive, brilliant farm girl with so much love to give; Connor – the misunderstood, confident, handsome baseball player; and Weston – the poet who hid behind numbers and ran track with an attitude. The friendship and adoration that develops between these three runs so deep. There is so much history and loyalty between the boys, and so much hope for what Autumn deserves and wants in her life. At the end of BDTS, we are left with not one but two possible tragedies, and Autumn is left back at home torn between following her heart and her loyalty. It is so raw and gut-wrenching that I could NOT wait to get my hands on LLTBH.
What makes this duet so spectacular are these three characters. Emma created them all with their own broken parts, but especially Weston. Weston stole my heart in BDTS and he sealed it in this book. He will hit the lowest of lows, and it is so awe-inspiring him to watch him fight his way out. His relationship with his professor – with Connor – with Autumn – they ALL were so detrimental to the development of his character, and ran so deep. There were so many times I just wanted to jump into the pages and give Weston a hug, a kiss, and cheer him on. This man was brought to life for me. He is passionate, loyal, brilliant, and his words…..oh his words!!! They will forever bring tears to my eyes.
“Long Live the Beautiful hearts
That beat with infinite depth
Canyons of forgiveness
Cathedrals of beauty and love
Their doors wide open
A haven to weary runners
Whose race has ended.”
This book is about forgiveness – for ourselves and others. It is about loyalty, honesty, the fight between right and wrong, fighting for what you want, and letting go when you know it’s time. But it also represents the strength, tears, fight, mourning, and love of a mother who lost her child this year, Emma Scott. I have so much love and admiration for you – for fighting your way through the darkness, for writing this book for Isabel, for writing it for yourself. Your passion, heart and soul are in these pages… and we see them. I know Isabel can too!