Love Always, is the first book that I have ever read from either Sonya Loveday or Candace Knoebel. I really had no idea what I was in for, but with the cover and blurb for this book I absolutely had to read it. I will admit that when I first started it though, I was honestly a little worried. It started off slow, and it wasn't holding my interest. For some reason this one was hard for me to get into, but I am glad that I stuck with it. Once things started to pick up a little, I thought that this was a really cute story and I enjoyed it a lot.
Phillip and Maggie both have their lives planned, and think that they know where they are headed. They come from completely different backgrounds, with him being from money while she isn't. Phillip is tired of having his every move planned for him, so when he meets Maggie in the Hamptons he enjoys the time he gets to sneak with her. Maggie knows that Phillip needs some fun in his life and to let loose, and she is surprised to find that she had him pegged all wrong. They begin to grow close and the more time they spend together, the deeper their connection grows. But just as they are starting to realize what is between them, life pulls them apart and their summer is over. Will their connection be enough to endure the time apart and the ways that their different lives pull them?
I really worried about liking these characters at first. Honestly I thought that they were a little weird and I wasn't digging them at all. Phillip first came off a bit creepy with his constantly talking about pleasing his mother and everything he did to try and be perfect for her. Maggie came off as completely odd with her less than conventional intro and first encounter with Phillip. I thought that they were naive and immature, and I didn't think that I was going to be able to continue. But then they started to get to know one another, and they both completely changed for me. Phillip came to life with the help of Maggie. The more time they spent together, the more I loved the side of him she brought out. She was bright and cheerful, and so full of life and fun. It was good to see her bring that to Phillip and get him to let loose some. These two connected right away, and I really liked that while at first glance they seemed to be so different, they were actually more alike than you would expect. They related so well to one another, and I enjoyed seeing their connection grow.
As this story continued, I really got pulled into everything that was happening and I didn't want to stop reading. Though it might have started off slow for me, I really liked these two and enjoyed seeing them both grow and change over the course of this story. They both matured and grew up, and I was really glad that I saw their journey take place. I thought that this book was really adorable and sweet, and I really liked their letters. This one really had everything I look for in a good love story, and I thought that these two were perfect for one another. If you are looking for a sweet coming of age story with some romance and angst, I would definitely recommend this story. Phillip and Maggie had their ups and downs and went through so much, but I can honestly say that I am so glad that I took a chance on two new to me authors here. I will definitely be looking for more from these two, and I hope that they decide to team up again in the future.
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