05 April 2016

Book Review | Finding Evan by Lisa Swallow (@@lisa_swallow_au)


“She killed a part of me – the part which trusts when someone tells you they love you, and allows you to trust that person with your heart.” 

Ness and Evan return to Leeds from Europe, and begin their new life together. But the past Evan has buried for years resurfaces and threatens their future. 

After fifteen years, Evan doesn’t want any contact with the woman who abandoned him, but is unwillingly pulled into his mother’s life by Lucy. 

Feeling pushed aside by Ness’s focus on her studies and new friends, Evan can’t confide in Ness about what’s happening. This return to his old behavior adds more distance to their relationship. When Ness’s new friend Ollie picks up the pieces because Evan is away, Evan’s insecurities threaten their relationship further. 

Ness becomes aware of Evan’s situation, and she questions whether he will ever be able to break his ties to those dragging him down. If he can’t put himself first, and live the life he wants, she is unable to see how their relationship could work. In return, Evan struggles with Ness’s inability to get close to people, and her distance pushes him further away. 

The decision about the future of the relationship is taken out of their hands - by something that could end things between Ness and Evan forever…

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What happens after happily ever after? When the reality sets in? When past comes rushing back?

Evan and Ness returns to Leeds from Europe to get on with their lives. Ness will go to med school and Evan would continue his studies. They thought they have it under control, until the reality came rushing towards them leaving them unprepared: the business and pressure of being a medical student and family drama coming from Evan’s side.

Secrets, doubts and jealousy plagued their relationship. Is their love strong enough to withstand this?

Communication, trust and honesty are vital in a relationship. Without the three of them, relationships would crumble and you are in for a really big heartbreak. Evan didn’t want to burden Ness, Ness only wanted to know what is going on with Evan. There were a whole lot of problems that they have, that most people who are in a relationship can truly relate. There was like a time when I was about to say: will this ever end? I was glad, I didn’t give up on the both of them.

I’d love to think Evan and Ness lived their HEA after I was done with the first book, reading this was a gamble for me. Nevertheless, the second book was more of reality: how can you possibly make your relationship work? Because relationship, in reality, will always be a work in progress.

Rating: 4 Stars

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.

Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.

In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.

She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

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