Entwine by Rebecca Berto

male fitness man posing his musclesSarah Langham’s life was the epitome of normal until her dad slept with another woman when she was sixteen. It ripped her family apart.

Twenty-two-year-old Sarah has it together, though.

Waiting at the train station to go home from her first day of her first proper job out of university, she spots a man.

He is an enigma to her. She’s drawn to him, with his square jaw; buzz of hair; and his tall, solid frame, seen under the contours of his business suit. And he’s been looking at her, too. Fate pulls them together that night on a whirlwind date, exceeding anything Sarah’s experienced before. He’s even more into her than she’s into him. Finally, she wants to trust a guy for the first time since she was sixteen.

But then they discover something.

Something that meant they were never two strangers at a train station.

And it threatens to tear their future apart before it, really, ever begins.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Entwine was not what I expected. That’s not a bad thing though. It’s actually a very good thing because when I first started reading I thought that the plot was going to be predictable. It didn’t take long for the story to go in a totally unpredictable direction. 😉

Sarah was not your average young woman. Discovering her dad’s affair not only ripped their family apart, it also kept her from really trusting men in general. It’s pretty understandable because Rebecca Berto paints a pretty vivid picture of the night Sarah’s world fell apart. Her devotion to her mother and her feelings toward her father did a pretty good job of shaping Sarah into the woman she is in the present.

A lot happens in Entwine that you need to experience for yourself. Things are revealed in layers and the story goes back and forth between ‘Then’ and ‘Now.’ I wouldn’t want to read every book in this format, but it worked for this story. So much of what was happening in the present depended on what Sarah had experienced in the past. It definitely kept things interesting.

There were a couple of little plot hiccups, but they weren’t major and I’m thinking that they may even be non-existant if I go back and reread a few key parts. Regardless, I liked the story, the characters were easy to love (and or hate – whatever is more appropriate) and even though things were brought to a satisfying close, everything wasn’t tied up in a nice neat bow at the end.

Entwine isn’t a book for everyone – especially under 18. Rebecca Berto didn’t pull any punches. The emotions were raw, tough issues were dealt with and the sex was not glossed over. There’s also an age difference that may bother some people. Just a little warning for those who may take offense to any of the above.



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