Friday, March 30, 2018

Review - If I'd Known by Paige P. Horne - J

It was the summer of 1972 and till this day, I can still remember the way my heart felt the first time I laid eyes on him. 
Travis Cole was more than just the bad boy from Ft. Pierce Florida. He was my always. 

Time is a thief, they say and if you’re not careful it’ll slip right past you, taking everything you hold dear in this world with it. 
My name is Charlotte Harris and I hold in my heart a timeless tale about true love, loss and everything in between. 

*Based on actual events, takes place past and present. 

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My Review

“Travis Cole was made to love me and I him.”

There’s some books you read, that stay with you long after you read them, and If I’d Known by Paige P. Horne is one of them.  I'm not sure if it was the story itself and the fact that it is a true story, or if it was the writing.  Maybe it was both.  Regardless, this book was just amazing. 

If Id Known, is the story of love -a beautiful, touching, once in a lifetime love-, and loss -a heartbreaking, shattering, never healing loss-. 

“Everything has an expiration date. Eventually, we all fall.”

After reading the first 4 pages (literally 4 pages) I knew this was going to be such a beautiful story.  I also knew it would break me. It’s funny, years ago, I lived for an ugly cry book.  If an author could make me cry with just their words, to me there was not much more that I could consider truly talented.  Especially since I'm not a big crier.  But now, it’s not something I’m a huge fan of.  I went into this book knowing next to nothing about it.  I knew it was a true story and that was about it.  

The book takes us on the journey of Charlotte and Travis’s beautiful tragic love story.

*Real quick- I have a thing with names, especially guy names and im sorry but TRAVIS COLE… CAN IT GET ANY HOTTER?  Travis lived up to his double sexy name.*

Travis is my wild side, my bad boy, and everything I love in this life.

So back to the book, it takes us on their love journey starting in the summer of 1972, whern Charlotte and Travis meet.  Travis is the bad boy, and though Charlotte likes him and wants to know more about him, her grandmother forbids the relationship.  Mrs. Horne really did such a good job in taking us through the world of the 70s and how different it was from today, yet how similar it is too… Love is love, and no matter what year we're in, it’s still that same addictive feeling we get when we’re in love.    

“God…that summer was the day my life changed forever. The day my heart latched onto another’s so severely it was as if they’d become one.”

The way this book was written is one of my favorite things about it.  It's told in past and present, and what I also loved about it was that though it centers on Travis and Charlotte, it also has a lot to do with Charlotte and her friends in her present day. Charlotte and her friends have such a bond that is just so amazing to see.  She really was such a lucky woman to have experienced love in so many of its forms. 

I think the whole time while reading, I was preparing myself for the worst, almost like coaching myself because I knew that this would gut me, I just really had no idea how.  It wasn’t until I finished the story that I understood NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY PREPARE YOU FOR THIS.  
GUYS this story was just…. It was beautiful.  I wish I could say more.  But this really is a book you have to just go in and read it.  Savor it.  It was beautiful.  It was heartbreaking.  It was love

“You read stories and watch movies about a love you think could only exist in a made-up world. But, my dear,” I say, looking at her, “I lived it.”

If you are a fan of emotional reads, pick this up.  It really is a beautiful love story. 
Paige, I must be honest, I’m actually afraid to read anything else by you, but you do have a fan in me.  Thank you for sharing a personal story with us.  It is a story that will stay with me for a long time!

*Also, here’s a picture I had to snap for a friend who I buddy read with.  I took it to show her what a mess I was, and to tell her she's not allowed to pick our buddy reads anymore!*

About Paige P. Horne

Paige P. Horne is an American author who has written and published five novels. Horne has been known for writing truth within fiction. Her debut novel, titled Give Me Love was published in May of 2015 with the second book in the series Give Me Perfect Love following later that year. Other titles she has written and published include: Close to Falling, which hit Amazon’s best sellers rank the first few hours it was published, Chasing Fireflies, and the spin off, Chasing Ellie. She is currently working on her sixth novel, titled It Was Always You, which is based on true events.

Horne was born as Paige Elizabeth Peacock in Hawkinsville, Georgia on September 21st, 1988 to Terry and Angie Peacock. She grew up in Macon, Georgia with her brother Kely Peacock. Horne was married on April 4th, 2014 to her best friend, Billy James who currently works in the film industry. At this time, Paige and Billy have no children. They resign in the small town of Gray Georgia with their two dogs: Dodge their Great Dane and Dottie their Dalmatian, with plans to move to Atlanta to be closer to her husband’s work in the near future.

Paige P. Horne enjoys, reading, spending time with her loved ones and traveling with her husband.

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