Publication Date: January 10th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Everyone tells him he needs to move on, but how can a man function without his heart?
Ten-year-old Caleb Tanner wants nothing to do with Sylvie Cranston, the annoying weird girl who moves next door to him and gets him in trouble for swearing. But at twelve, they become friends when he teaches her how to hook a fishing line and she shows him the value of a selfless act. At fourteen, he falls in love with her.
At sixteen, she dies.
Or so he’s told. But Cal never believes it. Sylvie has become part of his soul. He knows her like the steady beating of his own heart. He’d know if she was dead. Cal looks for her, prays for her and finally he just waits for her. Nine years later, she walks into the community college English class Cal is teaching. Only this girl claims her name is Sophie Becker and she doesn’t know him. Cal knows better. He’s determined to get the girl he loves back—and protect her from the danger that took her away all those years ago.
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This book was a totally random find for me. I was looking for ‘something different’ to read, and did I ever find it in ‘A Girl By Any Other Name’. The story sucked me in from the first page, and I couldn’t put it down until it spit me out at the end.
At the risk of sounding cheesy, Cal and Sylvie are so cute together. Cal is sweet and protective, while Sylvie is guarded and somewhat strange. Wanting to know her secret, trying to figure it out before it was revealed, kept me glued to my Kindle. Their sweet friendship built gradually, and it was charming to read.
I have to admit, it did feel a little like two separate books—before Sylvie’s death and after. The story seemed to lag somewhat in the middle, but it picked up steam (read: lots of sex) and then came to an explosive ending. I love when a book has the ability to surprise me, and honestly, I didn’t see this one coming.
So, I say, “Read this book”. Be charmed by the beginning, get through the middle where it feels a little predictable, and then be surprised at the end. I think you will love it, too.