Futures Beckon, Pasts Threaten - Nia Lucas (Choices Series #2)

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Genre: Romance

Pages: 441

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆/5

Synopsis: Following on from ‘Choices Shape, Losses Break’, eighteen-year-old Lorna Davies is doing everything she can to blend in at University, hiding the challenges of her past. As her closest friends guard the secrets of the girl they love, Lorna tentatively grasps a life less complex.

Terrified of risking everything she holds dear, Lorna discovers that building a secure future is hard when the weight of the past threatens all that she has.

As adulthood beckons and a life is shaped, are safe choices truly the right ones? When the secrets explode from their guarded boxes and the full extent of Lorna’s history is set free, will anyone survive the fallout?

My Thoughts: You may or may not know that the first book in this series absolutely glued itself to my heart and soul. Best book of the year? I think yes. And I really wasn’t sure how Nia Lucas would have been able to follow on from such a corker.. But somehow she did.

I actually read this book way over a month ago - Nia kindly sent me a copy before it was released at the end of October - but to call my life hectic would be a massive understatement. (Entirely self inflicted wanting to work umpteen hours a week for extra £££ for Christmas)

This book had my heart, just like book 1.

I always find it a bit tricky to review the second or third book in a series because I always feel like I’m going to end up spoiling something if people haven’t read the first book. What I will say for this one is GO AND READ BOOK ONE. LORNA DAVIES WILL CAPTURE YOUR HEART. YOU WILL BECOME EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED TO A FICTIONAL CHARACTER.

I read this entire book in one afternoon and sat sobbing through most of it because I just loved it that much. This is not an exaggeration. I sat sobbing for 4 or 5 hours solid. There’s a MAJOR plot twist quite early on that absolutely ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped on it (that’s when the sobbing began)... but there was also so much of the book when I was sobbing with happiness because Lorna is just such an incredible character. It’s sad, it’s funny, it’s heartwarming, it’s a little bit sexy at times, and it’s just the most perfect book. It captures true and raw emotions. It’s real - it talks about things that a lot of other authors would try and sugar coat or just miss out completely. This series was something I wasn’t sure about at first, I’ll be honest, but I am SO glad I gave it a shot.

The first book is all about Lorna when she was between 16 and 18 years old. She was a complete wild child and her life started to head down an avenue no one would have ever have expected. The end of the first book ended with her being offered a place to study at the University of Leeds. 10 bonus points to Nia for choosing my home city as the university Lorna went to. The second book goes from Lorna’s time at university and covers quite a few years of her life. The majority of the book is told from Lorna’s perspective, but like in book one, the last 20ish% of the book switches perspectives which I love.

It deals with more serious topics like loss, grief, needing therapy, not having parents present in your life etc.. I think without these woven into the chapters, the story wouldn't be half as powerful as it is.

I loved how the relationships with the characters progressed. There were some new people on the scene, but a lot of old faithfuls from book 1 like Dan, Han, Nico and Rosa... and a few people from book 1 who were no longer around. The writing is beautiful. I love Nia's writing style. The way she writes about Lorna perfectly captures Lorna's personality.

I’m not really sure what else I can say without spoiling absolutely everything. I desperately want to just blab the entire plot but I won’t. This was another 5 star read and it’s definitely on par with Choices Shape, Losses Break. I instantly went and bought book 3 and I’m waiting to get a Kindle for Christmas to get stuck in to that! Speaking of Kindles, you all 3 books in the series are 99p at the moment! I one million, billion percent recommend these books. I wish there were paperback editions so that I could love and cherish them forever.

I just want to say, Nia hasn’t paid me to pour my heart out about this book, despite this sounding like one big advert! These books have been my favourite books of the year without a single doubt. That’s all I’ve got to say really.

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