Standalone : Angsty, surprising, heart-breaking, infuriating love story.
What happens after The Ballad of Brenda and Eddie?
This is not a fairytale.
This is not what you’re expecting.
Lies, secrets, betrayal.
Marriage, divorce, sex.
Love, heartbreak, money.
Happily Ever After comes in many forms.
A WAY TO GET BY is the story of how Brenda and Eddie found theirs.
This book is told in dual POV with a non-linear timeline
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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
“I’ve loved you during every moment since then. I will love you every minute we’re apart. I will love you even when my soul is beyond soothing, my heart is still bleeding. I will remember your smile and your laugh and the smell of your skin, although I’ll be trying my damnedest to forget. I’ve loved these days. I’ll hate the days to come.”
What a FANTASTIC concept and didn’t this show a VERY different and enthralling side to T. Torrest. We couldn’t put this addictive read down for a single minute. We almost want to say….”Will the real T Torrest please stand up!” because this was so unexpected and so unlike anything we’ve previously read by her. This author deserves a big pat on the back for this original and novel concept. Wow! What a compulsive read!
We firmly believe you will gain so much more from this story if you limit yourself to reading the synopsis and if it sounds like something that might grab your fancy then that’s really ALL you need to know! It’s best to read this story as the author intended without spoilers and be prepared to throw your Kindle a time or two ’cause this one is angsty!
‘How did I get so lucky? Just look at that girl. She was incredible, inside and out. Nobody smiled like Bren. Nobody laughed harder. Nobody looked finer. Nobody fucked better. My forever girl.’
We were immediately drawn into the story and once we twigged who the main characters were and what this story was about (we read an early copy before a synopsis was available), we were excited at the notion of discovering what happened to this mysterious couple, asking each other many a time….”where is T Torrest taking us with this story?“
If you’ve ever listened to the song, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel, a song that gave us a sardonic and romantic glimpse into Long Island middle-class life in the late 70’s, then Brenda and Eddie will be familiar to you. They were the loved up King and the Queen of the prom, the couple all others aspired to, the darlings of the dating scene.
‘Eddie and I were the love of each other’s lives.’
Brenda was the lazy girl who loved Eddie with a passion, the girl with champagne dreams on Eddie’s beer budget. Eddie, the sexy guy with the engineer boots, leather jacket and tight blue jeans, loved his Brenda to his core, but could he provide her with the lifestyle she craved? Was love enough for these two? Did you wonder what became of them and what really transpired? Did you ever ponder if these soulmates found their way back to each other or did their dreams disintegrate completely?
‘I would have been perfectly happy living out the rest of my days wrapped up in her arms. But when you have a marriage where only one person is invested in making it work, it can’t work.’
Well thanks to the brilliance of this authors mind, and a a little help from Billy Joel’s many songs, we, at long last uncover the ins and outs, the intricacies, the angst, the passion, the love, the heartache and the complexities that is the relationship between Brenda and Eddie as T Torrest so deliciously fills in the gaps of their love story and their lives over the decades and what an exasperating and gripping story it is! We think Billy Joel will be very surprised at the path travelled by Brenda and Eddie.
‘I just got tired of living up to her failed expectations.’
We have to say that Brenda grated on us and wasn’t a particularly easy person to warm to. Whereas we fell completely in love with Eddie and our feelings never wavered in that regard, we found Brenda’s reasoning’s incomprehensible and it seemed she was incapable of seeing, and appreciating what was in front of her, but don’t let that deter you from this story because it’s one worth staying with…..not that you’ll be able to stop once you start!
“You’re not a disappointment. You’re…you’re everything. It’s our life together that hasn’t lived up to my dreams.”
What we learned about this couple blew our minds! This story had it all! Passion, yearning, heartfelt emotion, angst galore and many infuriating moments (in that good emotional way!), and didn’t we LOVE IT ALL! So don’t delay! Bubble wrap your Kindle, grab a bottle of white, a bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rose instead and prepare to devour a read you’ll be thinking about for the longest time.
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We adored this NA romance trilogy that took us back to that time before the real world kicked in, that limbo between adolescence and adulthood, that trial of hanging on to the past while figuring out where the future will lie.
With heart-shredding romance, steamy love scenes and hilarious eighties references, readers of all ages will find themselves rooting for Layla and dreaming about Trip for years to come. It’s an endearing journey through the tumultuous world of friendship, family and high school…
…and the memory of that one incredible guy your heart just can’t seem to forget.