Author: Bill Chastain
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2017 Publisher: Roane Publishing
The Siren’s Book Review - “Very emotional, gripping, sad and joyous story of never-ending love, mistakes, lost time, and a second chance to feel it all over again but this time, the essence of love will go on forever but it's physical manifestation is limited by an expiration date…”
A Book Lover’s Emporium Book Blog - “I took a chance on this book and it is now one of my favourite reads of 2017.”
Unbound Book Reviews - “This book wrecked me and hurt so good.”
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
I give it 4 stars
I have to say I almost gave up reading this to begin with because the back and forth at the beginning was confusing and frankly hard to follow. Once I got past that part I was pleasantly surprised with this book.
It follows the story of India and Alex. They are polar opposites. India is the popular girl while Alex is determined to excel in his studies. They find love and it’s a once in a life time love. They are opposites but they are perfect.
Fate has other plans and they take separate paths in life but find each other again later. It really is a beautifully written love story. These characters gave me all the feels.
Four out of 5 stars
Alex Overstreet is exceptional.
Mature beyond his years, he understands the value of education and where having one can take him. Adverse circumstances are no match for the "anything is possible" residing in his soul, a place where self-pity need not enter. His future is mapped in his mind. Staying the course will bring a worthwhile end game.
Enter India Blue Kirkland.
The most popular girl in school is the unknown Alex failed to factor into his carefully calculated life plans. She is everything he is not—outgoing and popular. A chance encounter with her sets into place a life-long love affair.
Together they find a passion and embrace the best of their different worlds while exploring the wonder of love. Both are more than ready for a future together. But Alex’s family situation looms in the background, and eventually catches up to him, forcing him to make sacrifices that change the course of his relationship with India. Though driven apart, their love never wavers.
Years later, Alex is successful on a large scale professionally, yet emptiness clings to him like free-floating lint to a dark suit. India should have been a part of it all. He's never moved on from her. She is the love of his life. Meanwhile, India is trapped in a marriage and longs for what she had with Alex. One glance of Alex at her father’s funeral sparks a romance that never died.
Retrouvailles validates the compelling power of first love and how the snapshots of moments together matter most. Those snapshots representing sweet moments in time can be more compelling than a lifetime spent together.
Bill Chastain is a sports journalist who is the author of two previous novels, PEACHTREE CORVETTE CLUB and THE STREAK. He also has penned non-fiction sports titles including THE STEVE SPURRIER STORY: FROM HEISMAN TO HEAD BALL COACH; PAYNE AT PINEHURST: THE GREATEST U.S. OPEN EVER; HACK’S 191: HACK WILSON AND HIS INCREDIBLE 1930 SEASON; SEPTEMBER NIGHTS: HUNTING THE BEASTS OF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST; and JACKRABBIT: THE STORY OF CLINT CASTLEBERRY AND THE IMPROBABLE 1942 GEORGIA TECH FOOTBALL TEAM.