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Review: Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels

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One word.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .

My Review

“There’s not a soul that doesn’t have a skeleton of some sort, but the longer you keep it locked up, the longer it’s going to hold you down.”

“Life is a gamble. You played your cards and lost. Doesn’t make you a loser. Means you need to find a new dealer.”

“When you came back into back into town, it was like my whole world settled. You were always supposed to be a part of my life, but I just wasn’t ready for you then.”

“I inhale her scent and confirm everything that I already knew. This is who I love. This is where I belong. I’ll fight to the death for her. We’ll fight because we’re both hot-tempered. Things will go wrong, and there’s a lot of shit to work through, but Presley is my life.”

Corinne Michales, Corinne Michales, I just don’t know how you do it. I mean, I knew when I first heard about this book that it was going to be amazing, but I didn’t understand just how beautiful this book truly was, until I started reading it.

Say You’ll Stay pulled me in from the very beginning. It captivated me. I was just one chapter in when the rug was pulled out from under me. I was shocked. My heart was broken. My eyes could not believe the words that I was reading. And the tears….the tears would not stop flowing. I thought to myself this is ONLY chapter one. How can this be happening? Where do we go from here? Well, I’ll tell you where….Brace yourself. You are about to go on one heartbreaking, yet beautiful journey. As you continue on with Presley’s story, it will feel as though you are right there along with her; going on this crazy journey, this crazy ride that we call life. You will experience her emotions as if they are your own. You will be there right along with her as she attempts to move on with her life and pick up the broken pieces that were left behind.

I have to tell you that Presley’s story is not an easy one. It deals with some intense subject matter and it will have your heart pulled in many directions. But, you can’t help but go along for the ride and admire the strength that Presley possesses. Say You’ll Stay is not just a second chance romance. No, it is so much more. It is a story of loss and grief. It is a story of friendship and strength. This is a story about finding yourself and letting go. But most of all, this is a story about love. It’s a story of finding that second chance and not letting it go. It’s a story about never giving up. It is a story that will consume your heart and that will always stay with you.

Simply put, Say You’ll Stay is brilliant. It is well written and beautiful. It is heartbreaking and full of hope. It is one of those stories that will have you locking yourself in your room with a box of tissues and read in one sitting. It’s one of those books that is going to pull every emotion possible out of you, and you won’t care. You won’t care one single bit that you are an emotional wreck. You won’t care that it has left you speechless. You won’t care because you are so in love with the characters and so invested in the story, that you wouldn’t have it any other way.

Corinne Michales, you have not only blown me away with this amazing read, but you have really hit it out of the park with this one. If you are a fan of second chance romances, then I highly and I mean highly recommend you get your hands on this one and read it as soon as possible…..

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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