At first glance, I almost passed on this book. It just didn’t stand out to me as unique when I was looking at the cover. Don’t get me wrong I love the colors in the cover, but it just seemed generic and I just didn’t find it that memorable.
But the summary convinced me otherwise. As soon as I read the summary I was eager to crack it open and get lost in a romantic story.
I liked to idea of the two characters falling in love and one of them having prophetic dreams, that combo sounded interesting and new. So needless to say it took little convincing for me to pick this one up!
The Light We Lost meets How to Walk Away in this romantic and page-turning American debut that poses a heartbreaking question: Would you choose love, if you knew how it would end?
Joel has sworn off falling in love. But when he meets Callie, he can’t help being drawn to her. In Callie, he sees a second chance at life. And in Joel, Callie discovers the kind of love she’d always hoped was real. They challenge one another to take chances, to laugh, and to trust that no matter how hard each falls, the other will be there to catch them.
But Joel has a secret. He dreams about the people he loves, and these dreams always come true. One night, Joel has the dream of Callie he’s feared the most, and each must decide: Can Callie stay, knowing her fate? And if her days must be numbered, is there a life she is meant to live?
Told in Joel and Callie’s voices, The Sight of You is a sweeping, romantic, and unforgettable American debut, about the bravery it takes to love, especially when we think we know how the story will end. (summary from Goodreads)
Beyond the summary, I was intrigued by the tagline of the book ‘would you choose love if you knew how it would end?’. I don’t know if I would want to know how my romance would end, but even if I did know, I would still choose my husband over and over again no matter what so this question in the tagline made me pause and want to know more.
This book was so much more than I was expecting and while it’s definitely a romance, it focuses on the power or draw of love. It had so much to recommend itself to readers and I was reeled in after only a couple of pages. I found myself savoring this book. I could easily have read it in a couple of sittings but I wanted to sit back and enjoy this one because the characters and the romance of the book were so wonderful.
I will say that the beginning and the end were well paced and held my attention but the middle of the book got a little bogged down for some reason and while I loved the overall story, it could have used a little pick me up midway through. The characters were well written and full of potential, though at times I felt that they were both a little too good to be true and maybe could have had a few more flaws but overall, I still loved this book and found myself enjoying it much more than I anticipated.
I ended up giving this one 4 stars mostly due to the pace in the middle of the book. It was a worth while read though and I felt like I escaped into a wonderful romance that I will be reflecting upon even after the book is done.