Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young
From the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Deep
LIVE YOUNG. LIVE HARD. LOVE DEEP.
Charley and Jake’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…
Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things.
When Charley’s world is flipped upside down, she begins to question the choices and decisions she’s made since her arrival in Edinburgh, and in an effort to grip onto what she holds most dear she believes she must sacrifice her love for Jake.
Returning to the States for her senior year, Charley struggles to find peace and happiness. While everyone else seems to be finding themselves in college, Charley is terrified that, along with almost everything else that’s important to her, she’s lost herself.
While friends and family deal with their own tumultuous lives, there is one person resolved to uncover the reason behind Charley’s sudden defection and unhappiness. Refusing to give up without a fight, Jake believes he is the only one who can truly understand what Charley is going through, and this time he’s determined to prove he’s there for her no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.
However, as Charley strives to make it through the biggest personal journey of her life thus far, there is no guarantee that the woman she is becoming will still need Jake as much as the girl she once was did…
This is the continuation of Jake and Charley’s story. The struggles they are and have gone through have tugged at my heart throughout their journey and continue to do so in this novel. The regrets and doubts are holding Charley back in her relationship with her family as well as with Jake. I feel her pain and want to soothe it for her. She had to work through these irrational beliefs, but I still wanted to shake her out of them many times. The diner scene where Jake and Charley played Beck and Claudia’s game was a powerful moment for me in witnessing their journey. Samantha delivers a powerful message with this novel in that we need to be happy for us, not anyone else, that happiness is different for everyone and it can come in the form of compromise or it may look more selfish at times. But we also need to not have regrets because there’s no going back, we need to keep moving forward and without that happiness, it’s hard to move forward within ourselves…let alone with anyone else. Give this a try and find your next crush!! Rating: 4 stars
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.