Belong to Me by Laura Howard
(Moore Crossing #1)
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Kate and Noah thought they had the kind of love that could last through anything. Until their world crumbles out from beneath them.
After months of separation, the tragic death of Jack, Kate’s twin and Noah’s best friend, throws them back together. As they try to heal from the horrific loss, will they be able to overcome old wounds or are they destined to live separately forever?
Loss is known to be a common tragedy that has touched us all in some way or another. This is why this universal topic is often chosen as the basis for a story. Because this is one of the common threads of humanity, it is also a common thread in storytelling and therefore can sometimes appear to be trite and poorly done. However, this is not the case. Laura Howard takes subject matter that could have easily been just another sad tale bound in tragedy and made it spring off the page in a way that is pleasing to read.
Howard sets the foundation of the book very quickly within the very first chapter in the book and fortifies it in the details to follow. The main character, Kate is in the midst of attending the funeral for her twin brother, Jack. His death was incredibly sudden, the result of getting behind the wheel after a few too many to drink with some friends on a regular evening. The tension that soon follows appears when Noah, the male protagonist, Jack’s best friends and Kate’s former lover appears. We don’t have to wait long to understand how deep the roots of complexity run between these two, and it leaves you wondering how this tale will wind up. It is the sort of plot that pulls you in from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until you have read the last sentence, and even then the story lingers with you.
I very much enjoyed the character structure in this book. Each character whether main or supporting was thoroughly thought out and had its own purposeful arch in the story. Without one of these characters, the story would not have been the same, which is a sign of great storytelling. There were no meaningless characters or filler scenes that could have been left out. Every word served the furthering of the plot. The writing style was very easy to read and quite heart wrenching. The prose was so well constructed that there were moments that a single sentence sent goosebumps up my arms and a chill down my spine. The dialogue fit each character but was not so casual that is was difficult to believe. Everything in this book was as it should be.
Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This was a very easy read and one that I will not soon forget. The words were weaved together in seamless harmony and with great elegance. I appreciate the style in which this was written and the reality that this work created. The characters are not only believable, but are relatable which in turn makes them lovable. This is the first book in the Moore Crossing Series and I hate that I have to wait until the next one releases until I can find out what happens next.
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.