Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Review: PAST HEAVEN by Laura Ward

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 26 January 2015


Not every love story has a happy ending. Some just change your life.

Liz Atwater’s happily ever after was torn from her the instant her husband, Jack, was murdered. She is forced to pick up the shattered pieces of her life and raise her three young sons alone.

Reynolds Carter’s picture perfect Hollywood life ended the moment the paparazzi got hold of his girlfriend’s cheating scandal. As he watches his life unfold in the tabloids, he comes to a crossroads in his career and his purpose.

When Reynolds takes on the challenge of a new project, his world collides with that of Liz. Neither of them expected their professional relationship to evolve into friendship, or love.

But life is never simple.

Faced with complications from family, friends, and colleagues, Liz and Reynolds are left to decide whether two people from such different worlds can find happiness together.

Can they get past the pain, fear, and guilt and risk their hearts to love again?

Not every love story is just a happy ending. Some completely change your life.



I'm elated to have read this book. It was packed with all the elements that make a true romance story feel real, touching, inspiring, and just glorious. I loved how from the beginning it made me ugly-cry as I instantly connected with the plot and by the end, the whole story had made me so happy that I felt the effect in my swelling heart.♥

Not every love story has a happy ending. Some just change your life.

Past Heaven is not your typical second chance romance, this story captures heartbreak at its worst when it's most painful because love is not only lost but lost forever by death. That's the story of Elizabeth (Liz) Atwater, a mother of three beautiful boys and the wife of a very inspiring man who dies suddenly leaving her hopeless, broken, and hollow inside. My heart broke in a million pieces for Liz, her sorrows felt so real to me that it was impossible not to connect with her so much. Just imagine; she finds the love of her life, builds a beautiful life with him, and then all that happiness is gone in the blink of an eye. How do you recover from something like that? How do you see a future? But mostly, how could you imagine there being a second chance at love? Well, those are questions this story answers slowly and beautifully when a year later Liz meets Reynolds Carter and finds out that they have more in common than she ever imagined and that hope is never completely lost at last.

“Death. Betrayal. Violence. We shared these experiences, in different ways, yet still very much the same. We were more alike than not, and now I knew why. Once you've been crushed by the fragility of life, you learned to fight for what matters.”

Reynolds is a charismatic Hollywood Star who has it all: fame, money, status, and a hot girlfriend he's starting to get serious with. Everything seems to be in order in his life. Well, that quickly changes when he discovers some hard truths; his girlfriend has cheated on him and that glamorous Hollywood life of his no longer feels as fulfilling and real as he has hoped for this point in his career. So in the midst of disappointments and realizations, Reynolds finds himself eager to work on something real and meaningful, something that brings back that hope he lost to the betrayal and also to escape the frivolous and fake world of Hollywood. That's when destiny crosses his path with Liz and her story not only inspires him to his core but brings him hope and a kind of happiness he never thought existed.

My life was changing before my eyes and I had never felt happier. Here. With these kids and this woman.

As soon as these two characters meet and start working together on a project about Liz's late husband they connect and soon begin to get curious about each other. The attraction between them is evident but it's also mixed with so much uncertainty due to their painful pasts. Liz really amazed me throughout this whole story, she was such a strong and loving mother, daughter, friend, and wife. She just had the biggest heart for everybody even after all she'd been through and the pain she was still dealing with. But surprisingly to her, it only takes Reynolds' presence to start diminishes that pain, help her heal her broken heart, and eventually fight for her second chance. 

The darkness starts to fade when you’re here. The hurt in my chest has been so strong, it made noise. It was like I couldn’t hear through the roar of the pain. Just sitting here with you, like this…the ache is less, and it’s quiet.

This book was just beautiful. The melancholy throughout the story was so touching and that combined with the anticipation for things to happen between Liz and Reynolds was incredible. It made their moments that much special to me and exciting because their love was not easy to conquer. But things slowly fall into place and I loved how Liz and Reynolds help each other heal, how they overcome the tough obstacles in their way, and how they ultimately fall in love. Their journey is heartbreaking, sweet, touching, and totally heartwarming from beginning to end. And how I LOVED Reynolds! This man was an incredible hero; so patient, understanding, protective, and a true gentleman with Liz and the boys that he captivated me to no end. He was just the perfect man for Liz in every possible way. *sigh* 

One day, you’ll be ready for me. When you are, have no doubt I’ll be waiting for you.”

Something else that made this book so captivating was how the other characters in the story had such an effect on my emotions. Really, there were moments with Liz's boys, her best friend, and the family that moved me so much that had me tear-up. I found those moments to be very special to the story as they made all connections between the characters feel so genuine and the story that much more heartwarming and I just loved that.

I'm always looking for romance stories that touch my heart and Past Heaven absolutely did. Liz and Reynolds' story was simply a gorgeous and heartfelt story about how heartbreaking situations can change a person's life completely yet also bring back hope and the most precious and unexpected kind of love.♥ I recommend this book to everybody! It will make you feel many intense emotions but the one that will prevail through everything will be love, love for these amazing characters and love for this beautiful story.

Not every love story has a happy ending, but the great ones, no matter how they end, change your life. Love is the only thing more powerful in this world than death. Love transcends. And in the end, all any of us can hope for, is a love that is past heaven.


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  1. This book sounds amazing! I love a great love story that gets readers emotionally evolved. Definitely, picking up a copy of this.

    1. Yay, I hope you love it too! It's definitely an emotional evoking story. :D