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“I chose to be with him. I. Chose.”
Better stars where Good left off. Now that everyone knows about Mark and Cadence they are left to deal with the aftermath. Mark and Cadence are in love more than ever, and are determined for their relationship to work. However, when Mark’s secret comes to light, things don’t go as planned. I cannot say I expected this secret. When we learn about it, I appreciate Mark even more. Through the darkness he was able to find light, in Cadence. In spite of pain, he opened up his heart to someone when it may have even seemed possible before.
“Because I love you. Madly. You’ve infiltrated my brain. Driven me crazy.”
We truly get to see Mark and Cadence, grow as individuals as well as a couple. They argue, they make up. They are like any other couple, but with obstacles. These obstacles include Cadence’s family that will not accept that Cadence has found love with her now former teacher. The realism aspect of this book is what I found very interesting. The characters were so relatable and real. S. Walden writes with such true emotion and conviction. She holds nothing back. She allows us to see her characters are they are, flaws and all. Her story pushes the envelope makes you uncomfortable, but isn’t that what reading is about? To challenge the reader and make them go places they didn’t they could go? Or think about things that they wouldn’t have before? You question your beliefs and that is why I enjoy this author’s style of writing. She challengers her readers.
“I fell in love with for so many reasons. You make my heart feel. You bring joy to my life”
I really enjoyed Good, but Better brought this series to a whole different level. Mark has such a beautiful soul. For him to love Cadence with such passion was amazing. Every word you felt. Every emotion was experienced as I read this story. I laughed, cried, and swooned. I read this all in one sitting because putting it down was not an option.
If you think you are in for your typical student-teacher rainbows and roses relationship, you’re wrong. If you are looking for a heart-felt, emotional, gripping book about forbidden love and how it is conquered then you NEED this book. If you believe that love is above all things, this is a must-read. Love never fails. Love conquers.
“I’m gonna love you for the rest of my life. You know that? Even when my mind goes and I’ve no idea who or where I am, I’ll know you. And I’ll love you.”
Mark sat in his car staring through the windshield. Any minute now, Cadence, dressed in graduation robe and cap, would round the corner with her brother and Fanny. All he wanted was to see her smile.
He knew her parents didn’t show up. They made their intentions clear three nights ago when Cadence called home to speak to her mother. After she hung up, she told Mark she didn’t care that they refused to attend, but he awoke later that night to the sounds of her soft cries. She was curled up lying close to the edge of the bed, far away from him. He reached out to touch her, then stopped. Something told him not to, that it’d be disastrous if he tried to comfort her. So he left her alone. The next morning she was bright and cheery and as fake as he’d ever seen her.
He drummed his fingers on the steering wheel. “Please smile. Please smile. Please smile.”
He thought back to the first time he saw her really smile. She grinned at him on the side of Highway 28, but it wasn’t until she sat on a metal bench in the bus parking lot on the first day of school that he saw a real smile. She giggled about the names she’d been calling him, revealing pretty teeth with one imperfection. She had a calcium deposit on her eye tooth. Yeah, he’d noticed. And he recalled feeling like a total creep for liking it so much.
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About the Author
S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she's not writing, she's thinking about it.