Hello, lovelies, and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal! Today I’m taking part in the blog tour of a very special book with my review and favorite quotes from Love, Lucas. This one is a book that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on you and leave you breathless and wanting more of the characters! Have fun, you guys ❤ Follow the rest of the Love, Lucas tour here 🙂
When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.
In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.
If only it were that easy.
But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?
With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future.
“Ever since we lost Lucas, you’ve built a wall around yourself. Maybe if you make some friends, you could be yourself again.”
A unique story, Love, Lucas begins with Oakley Nelson, snapping under the pressure of having to deal with her older brother—Lucas’s death. She tries her best to forget and move on but it seems like everything reminds her of Lucas, and when she gets a journal full of letters addressed to her, written by Lucas himself, she decides to try harder.
And there begins her journey of trying to live the life her brother could have led.
As far as protagonists go, it was easy to connect with Oakley. She also came across as a sensitive, kind girl who just had too much crap to deal with all at once. When her mom and her move to her Aunt Jo’s place for the summer, she meets surfer extraordinaire Carson, and suddenly it seems as if moving on after the death of her brother might be possible after all.
Carson was a cute, typical boy-next-door kind of a guy with a huuuuuge crush on Oakley. It was cute actually, how they both liked each other and while there was an element of instalove (at least from Carson’s side), I’m glad they actually got the time to know each other before they were declaring their love to each other 🙂
The journal was, surprisingly, my biggest issue with the book. If I’m not mistaken, Lucas was 18 or 19 when he died. But the way the journal seemed to be written actually gave me a feeling of much younger guy writing it. Maybe somebody in his early teens—which was a complete bummer because I quite appreciated the message that each letter contained.
“Is it possible to find happiness when it feels like you’ve lost not only yourself, but everyone you love?”
The romance in the book played quite a huge role which was okay because at not one point did I feel like the grief Oakley went through with her brother’s death was being set aside. Oakley definitely had a lot of healing to do but she also re-learned how to live happily, all thanks to Carson. I guess what I’m trying to say is that carson was important to the story not only from the romance point of view but also because he was the chief reason Oakely was able to function properly without breaking down.
“My life isn’t perfect. It never will be. But I know I’m going to be okay. Trials make us stronger. Little by little. We just have to keep going and not give up hope. Just like Lucas said. As long as I have hope, everything will work out.”
Praise for Love, Lucas
“A deeply moving tale of unimaginable loss and the redemptive power of love. Sedgwick masterfully delves into the painful details of losing a loved one, breaking your heart even as her beautiful words stitch you back together. Romance and friendship, true growth and authentic healing, this story blew me away. It takes a special book to bring tears to my eyes and make me swoon… Love, Lucas? Yeah, this book is special.” —Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author
“Chantele Sedgwick’s Love, Lucas, is a beautiful story about finding hope, first loves, and learning to live again after the loss of a sibling. With a fantastic cast, and the gorgeous setting of the California coast, this book is one fabulous read.” —Jolene Perry author of The Summer I Found You
“A beautiful, moving novel of loss and love. Sedgwick’s elegant prose weave a heart-breaking tale that stays with you long after you have finished the last page.” —G. R. Mannering, author of Roses
“An emotional summer of love, hope, and healing! Love, Lucas is easy to adore with Sedgwick’s real relationships, sweet romance, and tale of renewal.” —Lizzy Charles, author of Effortless With You
“Chantele Sedgwick navigates the dark waters of grief with a deft hand and plenty of heart.Love, Lucas will drag readers under before bringing them back to the surface for a life-saving breath of hope.” —Amy Finnegan, author of Not In the Script
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