Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte
Jenny: I did enjoy Undertow and I loved the back and forth, past/present flashbacks telling the story of the lost love between Nate and Maura.
This was a story of second chances and finding your way back to the one person who held your heart, took care of your heart and then destroyed it. It is of lies, deception and healing and it was a very well told story with just the right amount of all the elements we love in a romance story. What did you think G?
Gitte: I enjoyed this story, it was sweet and romantic with a great dose of angst. It was beautifully written and as you know I’m a sucker for a second chance romance. I thought the flashbacks were flawlessly written and what we learnt broke my heart. I swooned and then my heart broke. Great storyline!
‘In that moment, I wanted our old friendship back. But I wanted so much more too. Instead, all summer, I had nothing at all.’ – Maura
Jenny: Nate and Maura were childhood friends, with Nate being slightly older than Maura and seeing her as a little sister, that is until she grows up and their friendship blossoms into something more. These two were soul mates. Destined to be together until the night Nate leaves and breaks Maura’s heart. Just what it was that drove Nate away is told through flashbacks and present meetings?
Maura has never recovered from the love nor the hurt Nate caused her. She’s tried to move on in the five years since she’s seen him with no success.
After five years, she begins a relationship with another childhood friend, Ethan which appears to be something of substance. But is it? For me G, there was only one man here and that was Nate. He was divine and I was hanging on to find out what transpired between him and Maura to drive him away, were you?
Maura and Nate’s story was well told and and it broke my heart when past indifference’s came to light. Whilst I enjoyed it, unfortunately Undertow didn’t give me that gripping wow feeling but it did keep me invested to the end. I absolutely adored Nate, though I have to admit I became frustrated with Maura a few times. I couldn’t understand her thought processes at times and I really felt for Nate in all this. Undertow was a sweet and sad story about miscommunication, deceit and finding your way to that one person who will always own your heart.
‘What I see when I look at him is, inexplicably, pain. A mirror of my own.’ – Maura
Just as the story felt like it was dragging we were treated to and epilogue that was a real winner for and one that left me feeling satisfied. What about you G? How much did you love that epi?
Gitte: The epilogue was brilliant, it pulled me right back in and it salvaged a lot of frustration for me. Because, oh Jenny, Maura drove me nuts and I have to say she’s one of the reasons I just couldn’t mark this story higher. Unfortunately, her character grated on me through most of the story. She was a pushover, a hypocrite, a whiner and the fact that she went along with behaviour she knew to be wrong well….I just didn’t get her at all.
“What is with you people? You’d think you were in the Mafia the way you all cling together.” – Nate
Saying that, I did feel really sorry for her over the angsty and emotional miscommunication.
‘We have both changed, but in this moment that doesn’t matter to me at all I want to step back toward him, into him, and forget that five years have passed.’ – Maura
The other issue I had was the fact that it took so long before anything was resolved. It started to drag, then suddenly everything happened and became really rushed. Good thing the epilogue rocked, because it totally did! Overall, I enjoyed this story and I loved Nate and in the end I guess Maura too went quite a way in redeeming herself.
“Don’t you want to know there is one person in the world who knows exactly who and what you are and loves you because of it and in spite of it? …”Don’t you want to know that there’s someone who will fix you when you’re broken.” – Nate
Jenny: 3.5 Stars
Gitte: 3.5 Stars
ARC Supplied by Author in exchange for an honest review
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