Title: New Beginnings: Abel’s Journey
Author: Nicky James
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 14th 2017
Page Count: 4890 kindle locations
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Life is beyond our control. It can bring joy, laughter, and happiness, then turn around and rip your heart out of your chest without warning.
Abel Matheson received a cold dose of life’s reality six months ago, when the man he loved most, lost his fight against cancer.
Free-spirited, easy-going Abel, doesn’t know how to cope with the rotting, festering grief growing inside him. What was once an easy life, has become a struggle to put one foot in front of the other.
His grades are slipping, his job is suffering, money is tight, and the nightmares plaguing his sleep are relentless. Something has to give. He can’t keep going like this.
Desperate to end his suffering, Abel falls back on old habits. Self-destructive habits he knows are wrong.
Every time he tries to stand, he ends up face-first in the mud.
On the advice of a counselor, Abel makes attempts to find a support system to help him handle his grief. Unexpectedly, during his quest toward healing, Abel makes a connection with the most unlikely of people.
His mind wants to rebel against the man who stands before him. Run far and fast in the other direction. But his heart forms a bond that annihilates his fear.
Why this man of all people?
Sometimes you find help and love where you least expect it.
If you by chance read my incoherent review for No Regrets by Nicky James then you know it devastated me. I was hurt, distraught, angry, and just an emotional mess. I swore I wasn’t going to read New Beginnings. But when I saw the book up on GoodReads I requested it. I had to see it through- I had to see Abel get his HEA. He’s selflessness and loyalty to Landon demanded I read it. Sometimes characters get under our skin and into our hearts, and they become more than just names and stories in a book. We connect with them. We wonder: what if that was me? Could I be that strong?
New Beginnings takes place six months after Landon’s death. Abel feels lost, and his life is in shambles. He can’t function and can’t sleep without drinking himself into oblivion. Abel hasn’t grieved and has been advised by his doctor to talk about Landon and his feelings so the healing process can begin. Landon doesn’t think he can do it until he runs into Kieran, Landon’s first love, at the cemetery.
I could keep going but then this will turn into a book summary, and I certainly don’t want to spoil this story for you, so I will force myself to stop here.
What I loved:
-Abel and Kieran. I have to say I wasn’t sure how I felt Kieran as the love interest at first but as the story progressed it felt right.
-The pace. This book had a surprisingly quick pace. Sometimes stories that are heavy on the feels tend to have a slower pace, but I didn’t find this the case at all with New Beginnings (nor No Regrets).
-Relationship development- it was perfectly executed. A tentative friendship that grew into more. It felt so natural.
-Angst. This is one of those books that make you say: it hurt so good. Sometimes I love stories that hurt and make me ugly cry and just like its predecessor it made feel and do just that.
-The healing process. Just like Abel’s journey broke my heart it healed it back together.
Can this be read as a standalone? I’m going to say no- though the answer is technically yes. To get the full effect of the story, you have to read them both in order.
As hard and emotional as Abel’s journey was to read it’s one I’m glad I read. It made me think and feel. I highly recommend this beautiful story about healing, love, and new beginnings. I know I’ve done this book no justice with this review- so please give this series a try and experience it for yourself. 5 Stars.