TITLE: Blue Skies by T.L. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Format: Paperback (369 Pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: All Blue Everest wants is the wide open sky above her head and the soft earth beneath her feet. And maybe to spread a little love where she can. When she gets the opportunity to live with a father she’s never met and to enroll in public school for the first time, she brings her optimistic and free-spirited nature with her.
But it’s not long before she meets her polar opposite, Joshua Hunt, whose hard edges resist every smile she sends his way . . .
Hunt’s never met a girl who smiles so easily. It can’t be normal. Combine that with the flowers in her hair, constant daydreaming, and a knack for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong—and he wants nothing to do with Blue Everest. He’s got enough going on without her distractions, and everything, everyone, he cares about is depending on him to stay focused.
Blue’s ready to go wherever the wind takes her, and Hunt’s determined to steer his own ship. But sometimes the wind changes course, pulling two people into a rough and devastating storm that can crush the strongest of hearts. And sometimes, it takes more than you ever thought you were capable of to get back to blue skies.
CONTENT WARNING: contains sex, profanity, and sensitive subject matter, including addiction and suicide. *Standalone mature high school romance.*
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this coming of age novel. It was a well written story on a painful subject like depression. I applaud the author for handling it in such a delicate manner. It seemed so simple but it was quite layered and emotional. I am glad I read this book.
Blue Everest was simply a happy girl who lived with her mother who home schooled her and taught her that everything she needed existed in nature. One day, her mother announced that she decided to introduce Blue to the father she never knew existed, and asked her to spend some time with him and his family. So in a blink of an eye, Blue was thrust into a whole new world.
At school, Blue meets a troubled boy Joshua Hunt and they make a connection. Joshua’s home life was difficult and so he didn’t believe he could offer Blue a happy future. But young love is powerful, sweet and sometimes painful. Blue and Joshua started growing up and understanding the world in a new way.
The writing was sweet and poignant. I really liked both Blue and Joshua. I was suspicious of Blue’s father and stepsister for most of the book because I wasn’t sure about their real feelings. I was surprised by their characters including Blue’s mother. But each one of them had to grow and accept their new situation. They were flawed yet likeable but most of all, they had to be adapted. The ending surprised me as it was emotional. I was really moved but I was happy at the end.
Special Thanks to the author for the e-ARC given in exchange for an honest review.