- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4054.0 KB
- Print Length: 453 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: J.M. Darhower (23 Aug. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0753B7HYZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,472 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I’m a diehard fan of Ms Darhower and once again, she has showed me her versatile writing in all its glory. In fact, to say how this second chance standalone novel affected me is quite honestly, difficult to put into words. Firstly, the cover and title couldn’t have been more apt as significant notes and stars stand out where you’d least expect them to. Secondly, and more important to my mind of thinking, is how the past flows alongside the present like no other novel I’ve ever read. The protagonists reveal their innermost thoughts in a silent stream of self-consciousness. More often than not, giving themselves pep-talks reflect on what could have been, what they’ve missed out on--why it all went wrong and a striving-force-forgiveness by one of them opens up sorrow and pain. The author's narrative technique allows the reader to become fully aware of Jonathan Elliott Cunningham and Kennedy Reagan Garfield’s trials and tribulations. Therefore, the special attention given to weaknesses and failures isn’t to be taken frivolously regardless of their circumstances or age. Absolutely nothing is skimmed over. Every detail however minute, has relevance in a love story that ticked every box that I look for in Darhower’s quintessential storytelling. At times, feelings are let loose in a barrage of emotions which had me in tears. Also, I have to mention the masterfully created slow-burning tension in the plot. It snapples and cracks in the most unlikely scenarios, making this book an unputdownable one.
I didn’t connect to Jonathan straightaway. I found his attitude a tad overwhelming, a know-it-all dismissing the rules and regulations to spite others. Herein lies the crux of the matter. When his background is divulged, I discovered that the high expectations someone has for him aren’t even close to his, that tolerance is zero and the treatment he receives is heartbreakingly harsh. Then, understandably, I couldn’t help but to sympathise with Jonathan because in my opinion, he had every reason for being as he is. Super intelligent, he puts little effort into his studies making things worse. His popularity with teachers and fellow students alike isn't exactly brilliant; however, a light at the end of the tunnel comes from the most unexpected source.
Just thinking about Kennedy while writing this review brings a lump to my throat. I didn’t like Darhower’s personality development of her, I. Loved. It! The contrast she’s construed in terms of her upbringing, traits and surroundings with Jonathan’s is nothing less than perfectly imperfect. She’s everything he isn’t, but like him, she has her hopes and dreams for the future. Regardless of her being a bit out of her league in the elitist school she attends where it’s not what you know, but whom you rub shoulders with, is sublimely executed. Keeping herself to herself, struggling without going unnoticed, is an impossibility...
Observing Kennedy and Jonathan’s friendship flower into love was a joy in itself. Whether it’s unconditional remains to be seen; nonetheless, Kennedy believes in Jonathan’s dreams of stardom because, all said and done, this lad’s got the talent. Sacrifices are made, time goes by and promises are broken. Issues so damn complicated, are dealt with on all levels sensitively since what the heck....this is Darhower at her very best! She’s written a well-balanced story that flows without any let up literally taking my breath away. The exceptional banter in just the right places made me yearn for more, the secondary characters engaged me and appropriately shifted the story, distracting me from what was the main characters’ bearings; but at the same time, is intertwined.
Obviously, it’s clear to see how much I adored everything about this story which I would without a doubt, recommend one-clicking. Oh, how could I ever forget the very essence of this romance! A very special little person who calms troubled waters so unknowingly, whose innocence had me on my knees, who makes makes this couple’s journey possible, strung my emotions in a knot, put me back together and left a huge smile on my face! If I could say that it was love at first sight in a book, this would be her. And if I could, I would have given Ghosted six stars and love to see it have prime position on my bookshelf. Bravo!
Psst… go in blind! I did! And please note that I haven’t added any quotes in this quotable story. I really didn’t want to spoil it for you regardless of however good they are!
For me this story really dragged. It was slow moving, utterly predictable and lacked tension which is so essential in novels.
I found there to be a lack of chemistry between Kennedy and Johnathon.
Get a middle ground three stars from me.
I was so swept away with this book and the characters I literally lost hours of my day and didn't even realise it.
Kennedy Garfield finds the perfect boyfriend in high school.
Jonathon Cunningham has it all they love the same things share the same dreams and very soon they are addicted to each other.
Eventually they decide to run away together to chase those dreams and live happily ever after.
Unfortunately reality isn't all its cracked up to be and they struggle with it all. Jonathan is changing before her eyes.
He's not the same boy she fell in love with. He's become addicted to the wrong things. Chasing his dreams has chased Kennedy away and he doesn't even notice until it's to late.
This story will consume you. My heart was hurting for Kennedy she struggled with her choice but did best she could in the circumstances. Her priorities changed and she had to make some tough decisions and that meant leaving the love of her life behind.
Even though I wanted to strangle Jonathan at times I loved him too.
His struggles were real and his addictions cost him everything.
It's an ugly truth he had to face. Fame came at a cost, he lost his family.
It took him a long time but eventually he's ready to become the Hero he was supposed to be all along. He just needs to prove it.
Amazing Story that had me an hooked from the first page until the last. Do yourself a favour and read this one now.
The world knows him as “Jonny Cunning” but she knew him back when they shared a love of comics and would skip school to go to the movies. Now she knows him as the drunk who shows up once in a while full of apologies and empty promises.
They are worlds apart until an accident on set leaves Jonny unable to work and in need of a place to recuperate. When he thinks of home, he thinks of her, so there is only one place he wants to be. As expected Kennedy is not pleased to see him. More than the hurt his presence dredges up, it’s the fear that he will disappoint their daughter, a daughter who is unaware that her favourite onscreen superhero is her failure of a father.
Ghosted is a triumph. Darhower does not skimp on the rawness of heartbreak nor the fragility that comes with renewed hope. There is a subduedness to this fierce romance and its slow burn that built momentum with every page read. It’s a story of redemption, growth and forgiveness not to mention the comedic element that came with Maddie’s character. I adored her and I love Darhower’s style of writing parent romances.
There are many reasons why J.M. Darhower is one of my favourite authors, but if you need just one, read Ghosted.
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