Title: The Final Piece
Author: Maggi Myers
Elizabeth Bradshaw has
spent her life picking up the the pieces of her delicate past and hiding
them. Her secrecy has worked until the day Beth receives word that her
only confidant, Tommy, has been killed. Devastated, she leaves her new
life behind to embark on a pilgrimage home for Tommy’s funeral.
faced, yet again, with more pieces to pick up and pack away, Beth
begins to question the choice to keep everyone in life at arm’s length.
Beth reconnects with Ryan, Tommy’s nephew, she begins a journey that
will unearth her secrecy and teach her grace, love and forgiveness.
This book left me with a whole lot of emotions that I'm having a hard
time putting into words. A hard time processing. Writing a helpful
review at this point seems as possible as Christian Grey speaking at a
true love waits seminar. I'm--I'm just...I feel violated by my own
emotions. The Final Piece is a book that miraculously found
love, passion, and strength in spite of trauma, loss, and sexual abuse.
It's a story about growth and forgiveness. This book tackled the impact
of molestation and pain, but it was done with taste. It was done with
heart. It was done beautifully.
This book didn't just explore the
romantic relationship. It explored the relationship between family. It
showed the intensity of friendship. But most importantly it revealed the
growth of Beth's relationship with herself. Doing this made me develop a relationship with the story.
relationship with Tommy was achingly beautiful, but I have to admit the
relationship between Ryan and Beth was my favorite. Ryan's love for
Beth returned to her an innocence that was lost. An innocence that was
stolen. It was heartbreaking.
Despite my love for this unique and emotional story, I do have some wishes for The Final Piece.
I really, really wish more time would have been spent developing the
start of Ryan and Beth's relationship. They fall in love as teenagers,
but I feel like I was short changed on that experience. Ryan sees Beth
in a bikini and given how it's written...BOOM! He's in love (or his dick
is). That seems to be the turning point of their relationship and then
things progress quickly, too quickly. They do have a beautiful moment in
the cherry tree, but I wanted to experience them falling in love
instead of getting told about it later in the book. Beth and Ryan
falling in love as teenagers is the foundation of their relationship and
if that would have been a little bit stronger I would have molested
this book with stars!!
Other issues such as with dialogue and
pacing were easily overlooked because of the strength of the story. The
emotion of the story. The intensity, and the passion. This book will
break your heart and put it back together. It will make you feel emotion
and passion that's almost paralyzing. Is it perfectly written? No, but
the journey...the journey was perfect!