There are some spoilers included when you reach my thoughts at the bottom.
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C Cherry
Each morning I read love letters written for another woman.
I was warned about Tristan Cole.
“Stay away from him,” people said.
It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.
But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.
We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.
Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.
This was a five star read for me until about 75% of the way through the book. Then it suddenly turns in to an entirely different book and I just didn’t enjoy it from that point forward.
Though I am not thinking about a new relationship since the death of my husband, I gain inspiration seeing other widows and widowers finding joy and happiness after their own loss. So a book about a widower and a widow with a young daughter finding each other sounded like just the thing I would enjoy reading about. And it was. It was a story of broken people finding a way to gain some comfort from each other and eventually that turned in to a love for each other. That was great to see and I cried so many times in both sorrow and joy watching Liz and Triston find a way to feel happy.
Then about 75% of the way through the book it turned from a romance to an action movie very suddenly. Someone was trying to kill her child, her husband had been murdered, and she ended up shooting and killing someone. What a jarring change in the story line.
I could forgive the ridiculous coincidence of how her husband and his wife and child’s deaths were all entwined as a religious coincidence they both believed in, but the action movie and the over the top happily ever after brought this down significantly for me in terms of enjoyment and rating.
The expressions of grief shown in this book matched my own and I would definitely read more of this author’s work, especially if it involves widows, this one just ended up middle of the road for me.
If you’ve read this book how did you feel about the change in tone?