My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.
When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.
Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?
Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.
Conjunction junction what's your function, Lord have mercy I have been conundrumed. <----yes Red Hill has officially turned conundrum into a verb. Nouns are so 1990s anyway.
I must admit, that if this book had been written by anyone other than Jamie McGuire, I probably (most definitely) wouldn't have picked it up. Zombies??....ehhh. Even in the beginning, I was a little (a lot) concerned when I wasn't immediately hit over the head by romance. However, the romance was supplemented by curiosity, and in spite of myself, I wanted to know more, read more. Next thing I knew, I was completely and helplessly immersed.
I know, I know. This is where you romance fanatics run far far away; quicker than a topless blond in a horror flick.
Everything romantic about this book is subtle. Subtle in a way that evokes true emotion, true feelings. It makes everything feel so damn real. The quiet execution of the romance (because yes it is there) is what makes this book one of the best romances I've read. It's because I cared. I cared almost too much. It drew me in from page one and kept its grip throughout its entirety. That would have never happened without development, and Jamie developed the hell out of this one! I needed that development. Thank God Jamie McGuire is smarter than me.
If I would have gotten exactly what I wanted from the beginning, it wouldn't have meant near as much, and by the end...it meant everything. I was left thinking (more like aching) about the story for days...days I tell you. Who gives a shit if you don't give a shit, but Jamie McGuire made me give a shit.
I may have mentioned subtle romance, but this book is extremely fast paced; a page turner! I just wanted to make sure that the those who probably wouldn't give this book a chance, do. The first step is opening the book, Jamie McGuire will take it from there. She will shock and stun your emotions only to completely overwhelm you with them later. You have to give it a chance or you might as well kick your own ass right now.
This book was not for me...until it was. It was. It was. It. Was.
How many times do I see people complaining about reading the same thing over and over again, being in a book slump. Wanting something new, different. This is a big bite of different, and it's delicious. It's a book I never expected to like.
To be honest, I never got into Red Hill...It got into me.
You will never know until you open the book.
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