Title: Let It Be
Author: Cheryl McIntyre
Pages/Word Count: 134 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: I’m the happy one. The dependable one.
The shoulder. The anchor. The pillar. The rock. The matchmaker.
I’m the one you call when you’ve had a bad day. When you need to vent, or scream, or cry. I will always be there to comfort you. It’s a gift. A talent. A role I’ve happily played. I’ve helped my friends become who they were meant to be. I’ve watched them move away, find love, start their lives.
But what about me?
When does my life start? Where is my happily-ever-after?
My name is Guy Handlin, and this is my story.
Review: This little gem of a novella happens to be the final book in Cheryl McIntyre’s Sometimes Never series. I’ll admit I’ve been a huge fan of the entire series, and this novella was no different. Also, if you haven’t read the previous books this can be read as a standalone to the series.
This is strictly Guy’s and Ian’s story, and it alternates between each of their points-of-view, and from current moments to recent flashbacks. Let It Be is not a lighthearted story; it’s one that drives home just how much depression can affect a life. At the heart of the story, though, we have this mostly sweet, beautiful, and heartbreaking love story between Guy and Ian. Unfortunately Ian is not out of the closet, and also hides, or attempts to hide, his depression from those around him.
This novella left me all sorts of shattered as I waited along with Guy as he sat in Ian’s hospital room. I can’t imagine if this had been a full novel just how wrecked I would have been by the ending, watching Guy blame himself for what happened during their last conversation, hearing Ian’s perspective as he continues to fall further down the spiral of depression and is unable to share what he’s going through with those around him. Seeing the impact Ian’s actions have on himself and on those around him will have you reaching for your tissues. Many of us will relate to their story, and that’s what makes this one powerful and, ultimately, beautiful ends to the series.
I highly recommend this story if you’ve read the rest of the series. Even if you haven’t, this novella needs to be one that you pick up, especially if you’ve ever loved someone who has dealt with, or currently deals with, depression.
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