Book Review – A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson, B.T. Urruela

4 stars

What an emotionally charged book.

A Lover’s Lament was my first book by either authors.

This book was so much more than a second chance novel. It was about forgiveness in the most challenging way.

Katie Devora and Devin Ulysses Clay were High School sweethearts ripped apart by circumstances that neither had any control over.

By chance they were matched as pen pals and it started a journey of healing and forgiveness.

Katie, a nurse, was going through the motions of every day life after she got dealt a horrible hand. Tired of figuring out how to move on she settled for comfort and familiarity.

After her therapist suggested to find peace and forgiveness by connecting with soldiers in combat areas she was very surprised when she saw her childhood best friend and lover on the list of possible pen pals. Still very angry at him after so many years of no contact, she wrote him a very blunt and honest letter.

She was quite astonished when she received a letter from Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay.

Devin was equally as shocked to see a letter from the love of his life. The exchange through letters, and later emails allowed both of them to heal, forgive and move on towards a possible future together.

The letters on both sides where raw of emotions. Katie and Devin were profoundly honest with their feelings, and every letter gave insight into their heart-wrenching love for each other. Every word spoken or written was passionately and charged with intense feelings and deep affection.

Their reunion was very intense, and emotionally explosive. Even so the couple was separated for years, the deeply and heart-felt connection was as strong as ever. Neither time nor distance changed anything in that regard for Katie and Devin. It became apparent that neither really lived to the fullest without the other person. Contentment and settling for second best was their way of coping with life’s complications.

The scene when they finally meet face-to-face for the first time after so many years was heart-stoppingly beautiful.

I especially enjoyed the  POV’s by Devin, his time stationed in Iraq was amazingly detailed, gripping and felt incredibly authentic.  No wonder, since one of the authors B.T. Urruela is a retired Army soldier.

A Lover’s Lament was an immensely emotional read for me.  It left me raw and thoroughly affected. The writing touched me in a way that I didn’t think was possible. It was almost too much at times.

I would recommend it to anyone who loves an emotional read, and a second chance on happiness.

ARC generously provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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