ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Where One Goes’ by B. N. Toler.
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Title: WHERE ONE GOES
Author: B. N. Toler
(Review based on ARC copy – early review)
Publishing date: March 18th, 2015
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The Synopsis for ‘Where One Goes’:
What happens when the very thing ruining your life ends up saving it?
I was never one to believe in spirits—until six years ago, when a bone-chilling accident changed my life…forever.
My name is Charlotte, but most people call me Char…and I have a special gift.
I talk to the dead.
Make no mistake, I can’t summon them. I’m only able to see and speak to the spirits that linger when they’re unable to crossover. They’re somehow weighted to the world with unfinished affairs. And for the last six years, I’ve relentlessly used my gift to help their lost souls.
But it’s come at a price. My life is dark. Feeling despondent, I’ve begun to give up. And in helping the dead, I’ve realized I haven’t allowed myself to live. With no money, no place to go, and most importantly… no hope, I’ve decided there is only one option—to end it all.
But fate is a funny thing. One minute, I’m about to leap to my death, and the next, I’m saved by Ike McDermott. The strong, striking soldier stopped me from putting an end to my despair. He’s the kind of man that smiles and brightens an entire room.
Sweet and gentle.
He is my savior.
And he’s dead.
We’ve made an agreement. He’ll help me find a place to stay and a new job if I’ll help him with his unfinished business so that he may crossover.
Ike’s unfinished matter involves his twin brother, George. George has been falling apart since Ike’s death and Ike has not been able to compel himself to crossover in peace until he knows George will be okay.
When I agreed to help, little did I know that I’d fall in love with the charming folks of Bath County, and…Ike and George McDermott.
Now, as both brothers own equal parts of my heart, I am faced with a cruel and unfair predicament. In saving George, I must let go of Ike.
But how does one let go of half of their heart?
My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ for ‘WHERE ONE GOES’ by B. N. Toler:
This is the first time I’ve read something from author B. N. Toler and I’m definitely a new fan. “Where One Goes” is of the Paranormal Romance genre and it has definitely captivated me as a reader. I have to admit that this has become one of my new absolute favorite novels. This novel is the first that has made me finally dish out my first perfect 5 rating, that’s how enamored I am with this story. Readers will get to enjoy this story from a total of three P.O.V.’s(point of views) from the main characters Charlotte “Char” Acres, Ike McDermott, and George McDermott.
What would you do if you could see and talk with the dead? This is a question that Charlotte “Char” Acres has an answer to and has lived with this ability everyday since her near death experience. After the loss of her best friend/older brother Axel, she’s been a different person. Her parents didn’t understand her changes and assumed it was all just a part of her coping with the loss but there was more to it all. She feels alone, distant from those she once knew, and has been feeling down by the weight that comes with having only the dead to talk to. She doesn’t see all dead souls, it’s only those with unfinished business. Once their business is taken care of, they move on and Char is left alone again. Charlotte has helped many for the past few years but it has all finally started to get to her. With little money and no place left to call home, she’s ready to give up. Just as she’s about to end it all, someone intercepts her plan.
Ike McDermott died at war. He comes from the friendly small-town called Warm Springs, Virginia. He was an attractive guy, shared a close relationship with his loving family and was best friend’s with his twin brother George. He’s been stuck feeling alone while he watches his family grieve for him helplessly. Unfortunately, his twin brother George is spiraling down a terrible path after receiving the news of Ike’s death. When Ike comes across Charlotte at one of his old favorite hang outs, he realizes that maybe they can help each other out. They make a deal that Char hesitantly agrees to; he will help her and in return, he needs her to help his twin from destroying his life. Along the way, a genuine friendship and strong feelings grow between a soul with unfinished business and the young woman who is the only one who can see or help him.
George McDermott has always thought that his twin brother who also happened to be his best friend, was not only a great soldier but was the better of the two. When he received news about Ike’s death, it hit him so hard. He began using drugs to try and numb his pain and started having an unhealthy relationship with a woman who belonged to another. This wasn’t what he would normally act like but something snapped in him when he was hit with the great loss of the closest person in his life. Will he ever be able to truly grieve and fix his life before it’s too late for him to be saved?
Charlotte comes to Warm Springs and quickly realizes that this town gives her hope and may actually offer her more than she could ever imagine. George is quick to not trust her. But she is determined to help out Ike and George. Ike and Charlotte begin growing an attachment with each other that makes their closeness hard to handle, knowing that soon they will have to say goodbye forever. As much as George tries to fight against Charlotte’s help, they both begin to develop feelings that they never expected toward each other. How will Charlotte handle her connection to both brothers? How will it all end?
This novel is by far one of my absolute favorites! It’s mind-blowing, breathtaking, and emotionally gripping. My heart was all over the place with this one and I actually teared up more times with this story than I have with any other novel. It was exquisitely beautiful! The characters each pull you into the story in their own ways and add so much value to the storyline. Read this with your heart open and I promise you that you’ll be just as enthralled as I found myself. I didn’t want it to end because I knew what was coming but I just didn’t know exactly how it would all play out in the end. It did not disappoint. There is humor, romance, suspense, heartbreak, and hope- all wrapped together in this wonderfully written novel. I highly recommend this one. You should definitely get a copy of this book and add it to your TBR list for sure. One of the best I’ve read! Bravo. 👏
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘WHERE ONE GOES’ 5 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the unforgettable characters Ike, Charlotte & George of “Where One Goes”:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘WHERE ONE GOES′★★★
Ike’s thoughts: Being in limbo sucks. All you do is watch your loved ones suffer and have no ability to help them. My parents seem to be okay, for the most part. My little brother, too. But it’s George I worry about. Most siblings are close, but being twins creates a bond normal siblings could never understand. We’d been best friends since day one. And now, I’m dead.
Charlotte’s thoughts: My life was ending forty minutes ago. I was certain of it. But then Ike shows up and derails my plans. I suppose his words ae what brought me back.
“Listen, I don’t know you or what you’ve been through, but I know I’d give anything to still be alive right now, no matter what.”
Ike and Charlotte: “Good morning, beautiful,” I whisper from my pleathered seat. I call it mine as it’s where I’ve sat all night, watching her.
“Oh yeah. I’m sure I look really beautiful right now,” she says, through a yawn, and I chuckle.
“You do,” I confirm.
“The dead never sleep, huh?” She smiles at me, and I swear, if my heart still beat, it would skip once. Why couldn’t I have met a girl like her when I was alive? Waking up to that smile every morning would’ve been the highlight of my day- every day.
Charlotte’s thoughts: A lump rises in my throat. I’ve helped many people move on, crossover, but when Ike leaves…it’s going to hurt. I close my eyes as I realize how real that truth is. Ike has somehow weaved his way into my heart and when he goes, I will mourn him. As he stares at the water, I wish like hell I could take his hand and hold it. I’d give anything to do it.
Charlotte’s thoughts: Minutes, hours, I don’t know- time passes and we hold each other. It isn’t intimate or sexual; it’s the comfort in finding someone who finally understands. When we finally pull away from each other, I scan the room and don’t see Ike anywhere. My heart breaks a little. He wanted to comfort me this way and couldn’t.
Charlotte says/Ike’s thoughts: “I wouldn’t have cared if anyone saw. We’d be all that mattered.”
A long moment of silence plays out as we both bask in the intensity of her last words.
We’d be all that mattered.
I’m choking on my emotion: it’s knotted in my throat. A living man or woman could relate to wanting something you can’t have, but this is different. I literally can never have her. It’s soul crushing.
Xander’s thoughts: I don’t want to leave her the same way I found her- sad and alone. I don’t know where I’d be without her. She’s become my best friend. And I’ll always be grateful for what she’s doing for my brother.
Maybe the two of them could make a go of it. My heart twists at the thought. It’s selfish to be jealous, but I am. But if I can’t have her, he definitely should.
She’d be good for him, and he’d always protect her.
George’s thoughts: And instead of letting the memory of him and the loss of him hinder me, I’ll let it strengthen me. My brother saved me. My brother gave me her; the woman he loved.
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