Black and White Flowers is the first book in a new series by Bestselling Author Rachel Robinson.
Carina Painter lives a life she created in between the pages of her bestselling novel. At least, that’s what she outwardly portrays. A heart-rending childhood followed by an abusive engagement leaves her broken in all ways possible. A chance encounter provides the fork in the road she so desperately desires.
Navy SEAL Smith Eppington is fighting the war of his lifetime. One that isn’t fought with weapons and highly sought intelligence. It’s a battle to remember his past. The accident that scarred seventy five percent of his body, and stole the life of his best friend also seized parts and pieces of his memory. When an author asks to interview him for a fiction novel, he’s ready to pour his heart out no matter the cost.
The friendship that blossoms between Smith and Carina is something extraordinary. It’s a living, breathing love story about finding yourself, change that is out of your control, grasping what you can, and letting go of everything else.
In a twist of kismet, remembering could destroy everything, but fiction may be what saves the day. A friendship built on new truths and a relationship torn apart by old lies collide in a poignant novel by International Bestselling Author, Rachel Robinson.
I really enjoyed this book. The story was excellent, and there are a few twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. The characters are great and you can really connect with them.
This book was a really hard read for me. It’s not because I didn’t enjoy it, it was more because of everything these characters had to endure. Megan, Smith’s fiance before he was injured overseas, just wants him to remember her and their relationship from before, even though he can’t. Smith wants to remember, but he just can’t. He doesn’t want to fall for Carina, but he does. Carina is in love with Smith, but she doesn’t want to hurt Megan. It’s a crazy mess of an emotional ride.
I definitely enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second half, and it’s mostly because of the decisions that Smith made in the second half. Also because of the war that breaks out, it was a big twist that I wasn’t expecting and just kind of felt off for me. In the end it all worked out, but the second half was just harder for me to get through. I loved the ending though.
All in all this was a great read, the story sucked me in and I wanted everything to work out for these characters. I am definitely looking forward to upcoming books from this series 🙂
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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