Title: Safe Distance
Author: Megan Green
Publisher: Megan Green
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Format: egalley provided by author
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My Review (originally posted at Read, Run, Ramble):
Thank you, Megan Green, for providing me with a copy of this book!
Megan Green knocked her debut out of the park!
Haylee and Ryan find each other when neither is really ready or able to commit to a relationship. But like in all good relationships, “love” didn’t ask for their approval before moving right in.
Haylee has been hurt and though she’s not giving up details, readers will know immediately that whatever took place left a deep scar. Even making friends is hard for her now.
Ryan is in the Army. He is set to deploy again in just a few weeks. He knows, first hand, how devastating life can become to those left behind after the death of a loved one, and he’s determined not to be put in a situation to leave someone behind.
Both had rocky childhoods and found their salvation in close friends who loved them and cared for them through the pain and the hardship (hello Chris and Amanda – two most awesome supporting characters ever).
Being thrust together in friendship could be the best thing that’s ever happened to them or the worst, the choice is entirely up to them and Green takes them through that discovery, with all its tears, laughter, and confusion expertly. Her writing is on point and for a debut, Indie author that is huge in my opinion. I felt this novel – felt it in my core. I sobbed (not cried…SOBBED), and I did it more than once. Green poured Haylee and Ryan out on the pages of her book. She left every bit of them out there for readers and I guarantee their presence can be felt.
Likewise, her supporting characters don’t disappoint. While not as ever-present as Haylee and Ryan, they are still poured out on the page, in living color, for us as readers. I don’t think one can walk away from this book without feeling connected to several (maybe all) of these characters. Seriously, we all need an Earl and Gordon in our lives (just wait until you get there…you’ll agree)!
This is a sweet, tender, funny, and often gut-wrenching love story filled with brokenness and surprises. Readers will enjoy this story and walk away with a little Haylee and Ryan (and supporting cast) imprinted on their hearts.
So, what are you waiting for? GO BUY IT!!
I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not compensated for any of my reviews.