Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
4.5 stars for epic feels! Not a perfect book in some ways, but it kept making me want to cry!
Declan especially is just full of all the feelings and I want to hug him! Juliet is a little harder for me, but her grief is still really well written. As was her relationship with her dad, I felt the disconnect due to grief was great and in fact was a little sad it was so neatly tied off.
In fact that was my main gripe about the book – it’s all suddenly sorted towards the end. I get it, but life doesn’t suddenly turn around for everyone going through hard times so that felt a little off for me.
My favourite things were the relationship between Declan and Frank, and the English teacher. 💙 both showing that sometimes all you need is for someone to see past the outside for a second.