Post originally published on July 20, 2015
He Found Me: When I was seventeen, I disappeared. I walked out the door of my apartment with a backpack and never looked back. I left the life of Cora Mitchell behind, seeking freedom from my real-life nightmare. But my freedom came with a cost. I lived a fictitious life for the next six years, never letting anyone close enough to see underneath the facade that was Andra Walker. I was content with my simple little life. Until I met Julian. And the moment I started allowing myself to open up, allowing someone to see through the superficial, was the very same moment the Monster from my past would return to find me.
He Saved Me:
Julian – I’ve come to understand that I’ll always find her. She’s my north star, my sense of direction. In her, I’ve found my home. She tells me I saved her. But the truth is, she saved me.
But nothing good can ever last. Andra’s keeping secrets. She’s holding something back. I’m trying, desperately, to anchor her. To let me in, to let me help.
But will all my efforts end up with a ghost of a girl I love?
Andra – I’m used to disappearing. Vanishing into thin air, without a trace of who I’ve been or where I’ve gone.
But it’s so much harder to do with a broken heart and no hope for a happy ending. Sometimes the only people who can put all the pieces of us back together are the ones we least expect to. That’s what Julian did for me.
Julian found me. But now, all Six wants is to keep me locked up, away from the world, away from the Monster. I can’t live like that. It’s not living at all. Because I still have unfinished business.
And I’m going to make sure the Monster gets what’s coming to him.
I like nachos and champagne and clean sheets. I spend far too much time at Starbucks. I wrote a couple books
He Found Me/Whitney Barbetti
This book is the first of two, He Found Me and then He Saved Me. The story begins with Cora Mitchell who has been abused by Hawthorne aka the monster. After the death of her mother and the help of a family friend, she is able to start over with a new life, a life where she is free and able to be whoever she wants to be. Andra Walker is who she becomes while starting her new life on a ranch in Colorado and then Julian comes into her life and flips everything upside down. Upon his entrance, her fears take over and remind her of her past life, the life that may cause her to pack up and run again.
When I first started reading this book, my stomach was clenched tight with nerves as I read the first few chapters. It was a little agonizing because the pain of knowing just what Cora Mitchell had to go through hit very close to home for me. My emotions were highly engaged every step of the way as if I were there in her world feeling her happiness, sadness, fear, grief, love, and hatred that battled within.
The pace of the story was perfect and did not leave room for any confusion or loss of interest. I fell in love with Julian’s character right away; Whitney couldn’t have portrayed a better image of his character. He is the perfect gentleman with flaws and quirks of his own that make him more loveable. I find it comical that she is writing about a character who is an author but it fits with his personality very well.
My overall impression of this book is extremely positive. I was able to relate to all of the emotions and all of the truth behind the story and it’s core meaning. I recommend this to all of my club members because it is truly a book that engages your mind. The title alone threw me for a loop! Here I was thinking that something bad was finally going to catch up and HE was going to FIND her but the he was unpredictable. I am ecstatic about the ending and just can not wait to read He Saved Me.
He Saved Me/Whitney Barbetti
This book is the second of two out right now, He Found Me and He Saved Me. The story begins with Julian in the hospital with Andra and then reverts back to where first book, He Found Me, left off. I knew that by reading this story, I was going to be more emotionally involved and I was happy to be right. In this sequel, Andra has to make a choice of whether she wants to run again or if she wants to stay and fight the Monster AKA Hawthorne. She is with Julian now throughout this entire story so she seems to have a little more confidence in relinquishing her past and finding her freedom again. The emergence of a new character, Mira, comes into the picture so that the reader can formulate their own opinion about her and Six’s relationship. What I related to most in this story is the need for freedom. In He Found Me, my emotions were highly engaged every step of the way as if I were there in her world feeling her happiness, sadness, fear, grief, love, and hatred that battled within. But she wasn’t truly free because she knew that she would have to pack up and run at any given time. This time, I was challenged and intrigued by Julian and his feelings. Andra was still providing mostly her point of view but the reader is really able to catch all of the feelings that Julian shares with Andra. And yes, I cried like a baby until I read closer to the end and then cried some more because it had the perfect conclusion. The pace of the story was perfect and did not leave room for any confusion or loss of interest. In He Found Me, I fell in love with Julian’s character right away; Whitney couldn’t have portrayed a better image. However, in He Saved Me, I really empathized with Mira. She is this strong new character coming into Andra’s life because of her ties to Six. She has courage and attitude which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I am still interested in her story yet to come but my heart reached out for her the most in this book. My overall impression of He Saved Me is extremely positive. I was able to relate to all of the emotions and all of the truth behind the story and it’s core meaning. I absolutely recommend this to all of my club members because it is truly a book that engages your mind. He Found Me was wonderful but He Saved Me was mind-blowing. This is the best story that I have read this year and I am ecstatic about Six and Mira’s story in Ten Feet Under.