The Ever After of Ella and Micha (The Secret #4)
by Jessica Sorensen
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Temptation of Lila and Ethan comes a story of change, hope, and unbreakable vows.
The day Ella has waited for is just around the corner. It’s the day she’ll marry Micha, the love of her life, the light that guided her out of the darkness. It looks like it will be the perfect Christmas-until an unexpected package arrives with a harsh reminder of Ella’s past. Suddenly Ella doesn’t feel as confident about her future. Can she really have a “happily-ever-after” if she’s never even seen one?
Micha will stand by Ella no matter what she’s going through-though he worries that she might leave him standing at the altar again. When he’s offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tour with his favorite bands for three months, Micha knows he can’t leave Ella behind. But can he ask her to uproot her life to join him on the road?
Now Ella and Micha must find a way to balance their fears, their dreams, and their love . . . if they ever want to hear wedding bells.
This is the fourth installment of The Secret series by Jessica Sorensen. The first two chronicle the budding romantic relationship of Ella and Micha. The third book looks at two secondary characters, Lila and Ethan. This fourth book goes back to Ella and Micha and follows them through their “Happily Ever After”. But things between Ella and Micha rarely go as they are supposed to.
Ella and Micha have known each other since they were small kids. They were next door neighbors. Ella moved in and Micha was immediately drawn to her. She was the shy kid next door and Micha just wanted to make her smile. Little did he know that she would become his everything.
Micha was no stranger to pain. His father abandoned his family when he was very young. But Ella dealt with pain on a daily basis. Her father was a raging alcoholic and her mother had Bipolar disorder and committed suicide. Ella was forced to grow up entirely too early. This childhood left a huge scar on Ella’s heart. As she and Micha begin searching for their happy ending, she can’t help but worry that she will end up just like her mother.
Ella loves Mich with all of her heart, but she questions if this love will be enough. While worrying about what the future holds, Ella gets a rare and precious gift from the past. It explains many things but also leads to more questions. Ella wants to do what she always does, run.
But Micha knows her all too well. He loves her more than ever and he is bound and determined to marry her one way or another.
Sometimes to move forward, you have to go back to the beginning.
This book left me feeling warm and fuzzy. Like a snuggle on a cold winters day.
What I loved…
It wrapped up nicely, it was just the right amount of warm and fuzzy, it was consistent and true to the characters, the dialogue was as amazing as always, some significant questions were answered and of course… Micha Scott. **SWOON**
What I didn’t like so much…
The fourth book in a romance series is really hard. You have to make it new and interesting. This book just felt like more of the same. I wanted to read it and I definitely enjoyed it, but it got a little boring in parts. Even with that, I would give this 4+ stars. Not my favorite in the series, but still quite good.
Others seemed to have really liked this one. They are probably the ones who enjoy to see the end of the story more than the angst-filled beginning. Maybe I am odd that way, but take it as you will. I would still highly recommend you read this one if you are reading the series.