Title: Near and Far
Series: Lost and Found, #2
Author: Nicole Williams
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.
If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast.
Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five.
As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.
As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.
Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.
*Recommended for mature readers due to moderate content and language.*
How do I go about explaining the love I have for this series? The love I have for these characters and how much they have come to mean to me? Well, I really can’t explain fully, but I’m going to try.
I really enjoy Nicole’s books. I feel in love with her writing style when I read her Crash series, and I didn't think I could enjoy any of her books more than I did that series. Well, then came along a book called Lost and Found. Took me by surprise! Then Near and Far entered the world and I fall fast and hard for this series and its wonderful characters. And once I picked up this book, I literally could not tear my eyes off of it. I finished this it in one sitting, in one day!
This book took me on an adventure of many emotions, on all ends of the emotional spectrum of life. It tested my strength and love for fictional characters and brought me not only to tears but also big smiles and loud, boisterous laughing. What really made this series wonderful were the characters, their hardships and their amazing strength.
I enjoyed Rowan so much as a character. She’s that spunky, cocky, and stubborn MC that I just can’t help but love and enjoy to read about. But Rowan is also a very strong chick, one that tries her best to do what is right and tries to never give up. However, Rowan is really tested in this book; she faced things that really made her stronger in the end. Though she goes through a lot of hardships, she really never did stop fighting.I wasn't losing myself to him; I was finding myself in him.
Now, the whole reason, okay not the WHOLE reason, but a very major reason to why I love this series is because of a certain fictional guy. Jesse Walker. Just that name can turn me into a puddle of goo! Well, I thought I knew this tight-jean-wearing cowboy, but Near and Far showed me that there was so much more to his character. He has his own demons, demons that no one should ever have to face. His and Rowan’s relationship really does get tested in so many ways, and during that Jesse’s many layers are brought to light. But like Rowan, this boy is a strong character and one that kept taking my breath away.
Not only were Jesse and Rowan amazing characters, Nicole created a whole cast of them. First, let’s discuss Alex. She was just the right kind of comical relief this book needed and she was a hoot to read about. BUT I think the character that needs mentioning is Garth. I know, in my review of Lost and Found, I wasn't too fond of this guy, well, let’s just say there is way more to Garth. In a way he really redeems himself and became a character I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to read his story.
I also loved that we not only got to experience the book from Rowan’s POV but from Jesse’s as well. That really gave this book a great in-depth factor that I loved.
Near and Far is an emotional, really intense story. It ripped my heart apart, put it back together only to rip it out again. I shed tears for this book. I felt for the characters, cheered them on, screamed at them, and loved them. This is a book that you get invested in. A book that you will always hold dear to you heart. Well, it’s that kind of book to me.
I was made to love you.
Watching the characters go through what they did, and to see them not only grow from their experiences but to overcome their trails was endearing. I simply loved this book.