Greyson East left his mark on me.
As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.
Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.
When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.
I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.
The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.
When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only.
He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.
But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.
I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.
**Eleanor & Grey is a complete Standalone novel**
My Review: 4 stars
We first meet Eleanor and Grey when they are young, teenagers. Eleanor is a loner, always reading and ignoring people. Grey is a jock, always popular and everyone loved him. When they run across each other at a party, they end up forming a bond that they never imagined.
Eleanor is going though a lot in life. Her mom has cancer and it has turned her life upside down. Grey realizes this and decides to be the bright spot in her world. He helps her take her mind off of the cancer and becomes a reason for her to smile.
But of course…… as soon as they start to have feelings for each other, Eleanor ends up moving away. Grey of going off to college and Eleanor doesn’t want to hold him back by being in a long distance relationship. They say they will stay in touch but the slowly drift apart.
About 15 years later, they meet again.
This time, Eleanor is interviewing for a position as a nanny. What she didn’t know was that the children she would be taking care of were Grey’s kids.
Their first interaction in years was not very pleasant. Grey was distant, short, and honestly not very nice. Eleanor finds out about Grey’s past, what he and his daughters have been thought. She is heart broken for him.
After some time, Eleanor realized that she needed to do for Grey and his family what he had done for her in the past, become a reason for them to smile.
Some family members were easier to through to than others. Grey and his oldest daughter Karla were hard eggs to crack. But once she started to get through to them, things started to change.
But what happens when everything falls apart? What happens when emotions come back into play?
I really enjoyed this book. Brittainy has a way of breaking your heart and then putting it back together. She is a master as story-telling.
This book is about loss and love. About forgiveness and acceptance.
I loved Eleanor’s mom. She was such a wonderful character and she raised Eleanor right. And Grey’s daughter Lorelai was so wonderful. Even though she had been through so much tragedy at her young age, she was full of life.
Such a wonderful read!!
About the Author:
She has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated
from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.
Her novels have been published in 18+ countries around the world. Brittainy lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her fur babies.