Book Review: Orange Blossom by Sarah Daltry

young pretty kissing wedding couple against skyTitle: Orange Blossom

Author: Sarah Daltry

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

“I’ve never understood a year. A year was always a measurement of something bad for me. A year in my father’s prison sentence, a year since my mom’s death, a year left of school before I could get far, far away from here. Now, as I look down the end of my college career, with only a little more than a semester to go, a year seems like something magical. It has been a year since Lily chose me, since she sat with me on the old swing set and made a decision that I was worthy of her. And every minute of the entire year has been better than the last.”

You already know their stories: Lily, the perfect princess, always living someone else’s life. And Jack, the broken boy, who had stopped believing in hope. Somehow, though, they found each other and what was one night blossomed into a love story.

Now, a year later, Jack and Lily are dreaming of the future. Despite all of his promises to himself that he would never be indebted to anyone, Jack makes a new promise – this time to Lily – that he will be there for her forever. But when life unravels for them, he starts to pull away, and Lily worries he’s out of reach for good.

When Jack does the unthinkable, Lily is left destroyed. Is it possible to have a happily ever after? Does love ever really save anyone?

Reading Orange Blossom is my first time reading any books in the Flowering series, but I can already predict it won’t be the last time. The tale of Lily and Jack is raw, emotional, heart-wrenching. Jack was easily my favorite of both characters. He has a sense of realism about him, a dark past, and so many layers behind which he hides. This makes him interesting, mysterious. I wanted to find out what was haunting him, but never expected it to be so heartbreaking. Lily is exactly the opposite, and I hard a hard time connecting to her because of that.

So far, her life has been perfect, but it feels fake. She was always the perfect girl, the one with the perfect life, and now she longs for something real. I understand that, but I just had a harder time connecting to her. Their story is great, and it shows how opposites can feel attracted to each other. They both long for something different, and only the other can give that to them.

An interesting, well-written novel with a solid plot and interesting characters.

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