After the death of her mother, the last thing seventeen-year-old Charlotte O’Dell wants to do is spend the summer on Angel Island with her family. Her younger sister hates her, and her dad is in his own little world. It’s a recipe for a disastrous summer on the island, until Ezra Rhodes walks into her life.
The boy next door makes Charlotte forget her almost paralyzing fear of really living her life. Stunted from taking care of her mother in her last months, Charlotte is drowning. With Ezra, she feels something again, and as he repairs her family’s summer home, she dares to think he might actually be fixing her, too. Ezra challenges Charlotte to leave her comfort zone, and as their friendship slowly blossoms into more, Charlotte begins to come alive again.
But Ezra has secrets…secrets he isn’t sharing with Charlotte. Despite her new-found happiness in Ezra’s arms, Charlotte can’t help but feel there’s a storm on the horizon. And she isn’t sure if she and Ezra can weather it unscathed.
Waiting for the Storm is a beautiful and emotional read. When we first meet up with Charlotte, she has just finished high school. She should be on top of the world, but instead is grieving for the loss of her mother. The last thing Charlotte wants to do is spend her summer on Angel Island. Her family is falling apart and is attempting to fulfill her mother’s last wish all at the same time. One thing she never saw coming was Ezra. Not only is he the boy next door, but he reminds Charlotte of what it is to live. He takes her out of her comfort zone and makes her feel emotions that she’s long forgotten. But, even Ezra has his own secrets and it will only be a matter of time for when the other shoe will drop…
Waiting for the Storm is a beautifully written and compelling story. From the moment you meet Charlotte, you can’t help but get caught up in her story. Her emotions are deep and extremely palpable. I thought her character exhibited a lot of strength in a time that most would fail. I found Charlotte extremely easy to relate to and her story definitely tugged at my heart. Before I knew I found myself quickly devouring the pages. I was not at all prepared for the incredible journey this book was going to take my emotions on.
Waiting for the Storm is a bit of a different read for me, as it is YA, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a beautiful story. I think this story can be enjoyed by all ages and is a story about love, family, friendship, loss and overcoming that undeniable grief. I finished Waiting for the Storm in just one sitting and am certainly glad I decided to check it out.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*