|Release Date: February 2, 2016|
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"Her heart can’t be destroyed by the same person twice. At least that’s what Clara Abbot finds herself hoping when she runs into Boone Cavanaugh less than an hour after returning to Charleston.
As kids, Clara and Boone had been each other’s firsts, and no one or nothing could stand in the way of their forever. But all kids have to grow up sometime. The troubled son of the town drunk winding up with the firstborn daughter of the local royalty was a happy ending even the most imaginative of fairy tales couldn’t make believable.
Their fable came to an end as most do: tragically. Boone might have done the leaving, but it was Clara who got away and made a new life for herself in California. But after seven years of dodging her hometown, she’s only back in Charleston for seven days to celebrate her sister’s wedding. She won’t let her overbearing family or her run-in with Boone rattle her—though rattling her is obviously Boone’s primary objective.
Boone is her past and her past is behind her, a mere speck in the rearview. So why does she feel it coming back every time she looks at him? Why does she see it every time he looks back?
Just when Clara’s life can’t possibly get more complicated, the ground shifts, and she discovers just how far her family was willing to go to keep the wrong boy out of her life. Was it really Boone who left her? Or was it Clara who left him?
The truth will be hard to face. Especially when she discovers most of her life has been built on lies."
My Thoughts:This review may be a bit flaily and gushy because I just adored this book. Nicole Williams is one of my favorite authors and I’ve yet to read a book by her I didn’t love, but this one is high up on the list. Jesse and Rowan had to make room in my heart to share with Boone and Clara. I adored The Fable Of Us. I’m a big fan of second chance romances and this one just stole my heart.
I loved both Boone and Clara. They are so different, but they also complement each other so well. Clara is such a strong woman and I loved how successful she was. And Boone just melted my heart. Every one may think he is a screw up, but the fact of the matter is he is better than them all. It hurt my heart to see how everyone treated Boone and Clara. There is mean and then there are the things these people did. I came to love Boone and Clara so much and I was outraged on their behalf and I may have yelled at my book.
The Fable Of Us devastated me in a way only a Nicole Williams book can. My heart was in pain. There were pains in my chest and stomach and reading it hurt my heart in the best way. The book ripped me apart and then put me back together again, then ripped me apart once more and then glued together the seams. But this book taught me that broken things can be stronger, you just have to protect the weak spots.
Nicole has mentioned that this book really goes back to her roots and I completely understand that now. This book reminded me of Crash. And I’m not saying it’s Crash all over again, but it just felt the same. As I was reading I had the same feelings I had while reading Crash. The highs and lows and the emotions running on high. It was a rush and there was push and pull and I drowned in this book.
There is so much more I want to say, but at the same time I need to stop because I feel like everyone should just experience this book for themselves. It’s been a long time since a contemporary romance made me feel the way this book did and I loved this feeling. I really cannot recommend this book enough.