To the Stars by Molly McAdams ~ Brittany’s 5 Star Review

25005167.jpgIn the second book in New York Times  and USA Today  bestselling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together.

He promised to wait for her.
She told him he was wasting his time.
Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life.

When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was three and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life—whether she liked it or not—but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else.

Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?

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I want to start off by saying that this was my very first time reading anything from Molly McAdams. That’s crazy, I know! I always intended to read her titles, since they get such great reviews, but I had never quite worked up the nerve. The thing with me is, if I know ahead of time that the book will gut me, I tend to put it off for as long as I can. I’m all for a good cry-fest (and they happen often with me), but I chicken out if I’m expecting it. I also try to avoid reading books in a series out of order, but the blurb for To the Stars pulled me in right away, and I couldn’t even be bothered with the fact that I hadn’t read the first book in the Thatch series, Letting Go. I loved it so much that, of course, I have to go back and start from the beginning, but that’s fine with me. Grey made quite an impression in To the Stars, so I have no doubt that I’ll love her story as well.

 

McAdams wasted no time whatsoever in jumping straight into the drama, pain, and heart of this novel. The prologue itself was enough to pull hard on my heartstrings, and I knew right then that I was in for an emotional ride. Moving into the first chapter, that was confirmed with a huge, flashing neon sign when it became clear just how horrifying Harlow’s life had become and what she had to endure every day. Harlow’s husband, Collin, is an absolute terror. Manipulative, abusive, and cruel, Harlow is trapped in their living-hell of a marriage and can’t see a way out. Her memories of Knox, the one that got away, haunt her day and night. Knox is similarly stuck in his own version of limbo even after four years. Determined to be content with his life– great job, good friends and roommates– he keeps himself distracted with meaningless flings. All the while, he pines for the woman he was prepared to spend the rest of his life with. Harlow isn’t the only one who can’t move on.

 

I no longer felt like I was drowning because of Collin and this life. I’d already drowned; I was just waiting for someone to find me and bring me back to life.

 

Reading the scenes with Harlow and Collin, there was a lump permanently lodged in the back of my throat. They were almost too much to bear at times, written in a way where you felt every kick and the harsh sting of every cruel word thrown Harlow’s way. The tears were there, but I couldn’t cry. It was almost as if I just couldn’t quite wrap my head around what she had to go through. And every fourteen days? Well, that just broke my heart into a million pieces. It wasn’t until Harlow and Knox ran into each other after so many years apart that my tears finally fell. My heart physically ached for the two of them. I needed so badly for them to have the happy ending they deserved.

 

Have you ever looked at someone… just one look, and you knew that was it? There would never be anyone else who would compare? That was Harlow for me. Every time.

 

The way that To the Stars is written, with so many flashbacks and, of course, the point-of-view changes between Knox and Harlow, made me wonder if it wouldn’t feel like there was too much going on. I’m not a huge fan of flashbacks in general, especially when they occur so frequently, but I think they played a monumental part in this story. Going from the tender romance that Harlow and Knox shared in their early relationship, straight to the present day horrors of Harlow’s life had such a powerful impact on me as a reader. There is such a stark contrast between past and present, between Knox and Collin, between old Harlow and new Harlow, that you really realize just what Harlow is missing and how different her life could have been. It made me so incredibly sad.

 

This book will make you feel every emotion imaginable. You’ll be charmed by a sweet and new love, heartbroken by Harlow’s current abusive relationship, and feel a deep longing for what could have been with Knox. And, after having your heart put through the ringer, you’ll finally experience a reunion so lovely that it will make all the pain and tears worth it. But, as perfect as Knox and Harlow are for each other, as much as you’ll swoon over every heartfelt word they utter, this story is about so much more than their romance.

 

To the Stars is a beautifully written tale of heartache, survival, and finding the strength to be who you were meant to be– not only who you were meant to be with. Harlow and Knox’s love story is epic. But Harlow’s journey back to herself is even more so. And Knox’s unwavering support and adoration of his girl is the stuff of dreams. To the Stars covers many difficult topics and might be difficult to read for some. But it’s also filled with incredibly strong characters, a great message, and so much heart. You will definitely want to pick this one up, it would be such a shame to miss out on it.

 

“Why would anyone waste their time only loving someone to the moon… when they could love them to the stars?”

 

**I received a copy of To the Stars from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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6436698.jpgMolly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

 

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