Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.
Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?
Della Sloane has become my addiction when I hadn't been available. In all her twisted perfection she had made me fall helplessly in love with her. A life without her in it seemed pointless. I often wondered how people found joy in life without knowing her.
Woods overly protective ways not only makes Della feel loved for the first time in her life, but also a little smothered. She begins to believe she is burden to him, only holding him back from the life he deserves. Della then makes the ultimate sacrifice, testing their bond and putting their future to the test.
I will not allow anyone to hurt Della. I will protect her from both of you. She is my perfection. She holds my heart in her hands. When she hurts it brings me to my knees. There is no way to explain to you the way I feel about her, just understand that I will not allow anyone to hurt her again. I wont forgive that. I lose a piece of my soul when I see her in pain.
What was I good for? He had to worry about me. I was weak and needy. I was one more thing for him to stress over. I wasn't any help at all.
"What you're not understanding - what my mother is not understanding - is I cant live without Della. I cant breathe. I cant f*$king concentrate. I need her. Just her. I can do anything if I have her with me."
I wanted to cry because I realized I might just have a chance at happiness. What if I was strong after all? What if, underneath all that fear, I have buried someone deep inside who was brave and could take on life without someone to lean on?
Each of them had had an impact on the other's lives.
They all had stories.
They had all loved, and many had lost.
They had expected to grow up and become adults together. Get married and let their kids play together.
They'd planned on being the next generation in Rosemary.
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