True Love Way by Mary Elizabeth REVIEW

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True Love Way by Mary Elizabeth REVIEW

Some days are brighter than others, but Penelope Finnel has been taught she can be invisible behind the colored lenses of her heart-shaped sunglasses.

Her mind is her worst enemy, and simply waking up in the morning is risky. For a kid like her, staying in bed is easier, especially when the day has come to start school in a new town with new kids who don’t understand that the clouds are not the only reason everything is so gloomy.

Dillon Decker is a typical boy from a typical small town who radiates light and happiness. Under the hovering glare from her father, Dillon leads Penelope around on his bicycle’s handlebars, hoping he is the cure to her madness.

But when friend turns to lover, and lover turns to caretaker, how much can either of them tolerate before they’re swallowed whole?

A story about moving trucks and rollerblades, candy for smiles, and notes across lawns.

First loves and the struggle to keep it sane.

The true love way.

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★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

This was an incredible story about two kids who are lucky enough to find each other, two souls who are meant to be. This is also a story about depression and how heartbreaking it is for everyone involved. Told in Mary Elizabeths’ unique style of writing, it takes us on a journey from childhood to adulthood and all the trials and tribulations of young love when faced with something most kids never have to worry about.

When Dillon Decker meets Penelope Finnel at 12 years old, he is instantly smitten by the girl who hides behind her coloured sunglasses and his protector skills soon come into play when he realises she is not like most girls.

“Don’t you get it Dillon?
There’s a reason why you’re my only friend.
Why haven’t you figured this out yet?”

Penelope is sad sometimes, and Dillon feels it’s his job to make her smile, and when he does he feels like the King of the world. For a young boy, turning man, he is an old soul who will do anything for the girl next door. But is it ever enough?

I loved Dillon, his love for Pen was fierce and it was hard to watch him suffer when his girl was going through so much turmoil. Pen was a girl going through so much pain, and never felt good enough for the boy who always tried to make sure she got out of bed in the mornings and brushed her hair.

There was angst, especially when we got to their late teenage years, and I literally had to stop reading because I was extremely nervous as to where this story might be leading, but then my heart slowly got put back together and I was happy again.

If you were a fan of Dusty, then you won’t be disappointed. This was a fabulous first solo novel from Mary Elizabeth that will take you back to your childhood, and all the emotional anxiety that comes with your first love.

“Inhaling a deep breath, I go to her.
That’s what I’ve always done.
For her, I will stay awake forever.”

One more thing, the Epilogue = The Best!

This is a stand-alone novel, told in dual POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets. Known as The Realist, Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.”–Jeremiah 17:9

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  1. Thank you so much for reading and posting for the blog tour!

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