Behind the Glass by Kristen Morgen
Rebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined, and uncomplicated, at least on the surface. Then she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore café. As a focused but struggling photographer with a passion for art, her outwardly happy world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realizes she has met her soul mate. The undeniable attraction between them and their intense, immediate connection seem picture perfect as they discuss the shop’s local artwork, until Rebecca abruptly ends the chance meeting with no explanation.
Betraying Brett, her loyal, loving boyfriend, is something Rebecca can never bring herself to do. Driven by a strong moral code and molded by divorced parents and a tumultuous childhood, she struggles to stay away from Michael, but fate and circumstance intervene, bringing them back together time and time again. As much as she resists, there is no denying her true feelings for him and the simple fact that Michael understands her in a way Brett never has. Michael proves to be everything she’s ever wanted, but remains just out of her reach.
Behind the Glass tells the story of Michael and Rebecca’s extraordinary love and the many unconventional stages their relationship must go through. Their morals and their faith in true love and in each other will be put to the test as they learn that meeting one’s soul mate does not come without obstacles.
Behind the Glass is Kristen’s debut novel. The way Kristen paints Rebecca and Michael’s environments and artistic collections with words was captivating. The story and deeper meaning pulled me in and kept me hopeful that Rebecca would feel complete through finding her happiness. I was thrown off by how quickly such intense emotions were being felt by the characters towards one another as well as Rebecca’s emotional reactions to various events in her life. I sensed that she was putting an unhealthy amount of focus on issues that were holding her back instead of her learning from them and moving forward. I was able to witness and understand the connection between Rebecca and Michael as Kristen’s words painted a beautiful picture that allowed me to see this connection, but it all happened rather quickly for me. I wanted more of a connection with the characters and the times I felt most connected to them were when they were discussing or partaking in their artistic abilities. I enjoyed this novel and witnessing Rebecca and Michael’s journey and I’m wondering if we’ll see more of these characters or their friends in future works by Kristen. Give this a try and find your next book crush! Rating: 3 stars
Do you believe in love at first sight? In soul mates? Fate? Destiny? Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? If you don’t…read Behind the Glass and you certainly will.
A meeting of two people, who feel an instant connection that can’t be denied.
Michael ~ “As he admired her exquisite beauty, he again memorized every curve, every line, every delicate detail of her beautiful face. For him this was the only face he would want to see at the end of every day…for the rest of his life. Filled with an indescribable sense of peace, he was unequivocally sure. And he would wait for as long as she needed.”
Rebecca ~ “She couldn’t explain why, but being herself was completely effortless with him. She felt unconditionally accepted in a way she never had before.” “Honestly I feel like I’m up on another ledge, about to jump. I want to fly more than anything, but I’m so afraid to fall.”
Well written, wonderful characters with just the right amount of angst. And I promise you will find your next book crush in Michael. ~ 3.5 ~ Stars