Unbelievable! I was so moved by From The Wreckage by Melissa Collins. Not only was it my first story by Collins but it was my first dual first person point of view story. That took some getting used to, but the story itself was so incredibly charged with emotion I was able to adapt well and by the time I was about half way through it wasn’t an issue for me.
David and Grace were neighbors when they were young and after a fire destroyed her house, she moved away and they didn’t see one another for 18 years. Their reunion was a treat to watch and from then on they were inseparable.
I first thought their story was too perfect. Too cutesy. Two romance novelish. But, I loved the real scenes they shared with intimate jokes, and just conversation people in real life have. That changed the too perfect part for me. David and Graces story was a breath of fresh air in that they didn’t struggle from insecure feelings to cause the conflict in their relationship. They were a couple who were just meant to be together and we were given the pleasure to watch their relationship unfold.
I was absolutely heartbroken when the time came for Grace to save David. It did not go at all as I anticipated it would and that broke my heart a little more. Suddenly everything was different. The David and Grace we first saw were not the same. I kept asking myself if the author was going to do the unthinkable and the ending not work out, but no fear, everything works out great! I actually preferred the way she ended it than what I initially hoped for. It was more realistic and just fabulous. Oh, and the intimate scenes throughout the story? Super hot. I struggled a little with the first person point of view but eventually settled in and was able to get lost in the scenes.