I am a fan of Jane Lark’s Historical Novels and now I’ve also enjoyed ‘I Found You’ her New Adult Romance story. The first in the ‘Starting Out’ series.Here’s what you can expect:
On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.
His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.
Written in the 1st person from Jason and Rachel’s point of view ‘I Found You’ is a poignant, engaging story with immediacy and rawness which hooks you in from their first traumatic meeting. Serendipity has Jason running on the Manhattan Bridge at the exact same time Rachel is in danger of ending her young life. This moment in time is an extraordinary occurrence in two ordinary lives which change them forever, a catalyst for an enduring love story.
Rachel is at rock bottom and her life is full of secrets most of which she won’t share and would rather forget. On a downward trend since birth and coupled with an illness she barely understands meeting Jason on the bridge is opportune. The more time she spends in his care the more she depends on him and wants to share her true self but is the risk too great?
Touched by Rachel’s predicament and vulnerability Jason’s small town values and upbringing make him considerate, he has to help her. Jason’s acceptance of Rachel ‘as seen’ goes a long way to healing her trust issues and gradually she begins to share her traumatic past with him and heal.
Jason’s life in New York is not what he imagined. Meeting Rachel he sees the city differently she makes him try new things which force him to mature and understand what he wants from life. His relationship with Rachel challenges everything he holds dear.
The sensual connection the couple have dominates the story and their lives and makes them feel invincible as only love can. The plot is page turning as life intrudes on their romantic idyll. The ending is worth struggling through the angst but don’t breathe a sigh of relief too soon.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK Harper Impulse via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.