Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe

The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood, #1)Title: The Darkest Part
Series: Living Heartwood, #1
Author: Trisha Wolfe

Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her. 

My Review:

Well this was one emotional read! I haven’t read much by Trisha Wolfe, but now I know I must read more by her. The story was truly genuine in the aspect of losing a loved one, handling the aftermath of a tragedy, and overcoming odds to find yourself once again.  I felt that Wolfe did an amazing job on all those elements.
"Are you okay?" Lacing her fingers in my hair, she pulls back to look at me. "I will be,"  she says, a sadness glistening in her irises. 
Sam has been through quite a lot in the last half year, tragedies that have rocked her foundation and has completely turned her world upside down.  Mentally unstable and seeing her dead boyfriend can bring one to the brink of completely losing it –this rips her apart and leaves her unable to move on from her heartache. But when Holden comes back into her life, though hard for her at first, he really helps her. Sam does overcome quite a lot in a series of events that led her to take a trip with Holden, but in the end she really was a strong and hopeful individual. I was happy to see where she was at the end of the book.

Holden, like Sam, has been dealing with quite a few tragedies in his life. Being the outcast in his family, he has, in a way, deemed himself the bad guy, the loner with really no future.  He does burden a lot on his shoulders. He fiercely protects the ones he loves and that was something I admired about him.  When he sees Sam’s condition after the death of his brother, in a string of events, he takes it on himself to help Sam on her journey. Through it all, both are tested and feelings of past and present collide. Holden’s love for his family and determination to protect took my breath away.

The trip both Holden and Sam take, both for their own reasons, test them beyond measure. It also brings in a lot of old feelings and I loved getting a glimpse of their past. With them overcoming so much that they each buried within, secrets and lies that are revealed about each other and about Tyler, it was wonderful watching them grow and overcome that.  
“It may be the darkest part, but a living heartwood is a force to be reckoned with.”
The book built nicely and the sequence of events, flash backs of the past, all moved nicely throughout the story.  Though I did figure some things out, one event did leave me completely flabbergasted – I didn’t see that plot twist coming. The character growth was by far my favorite thing to witness in the book. It was amazing, felt very real, and really suited the characters.  

All in all, I so enjoyed this story. It was a very emotional and  dark read. And each character held so much depth in them that they felt like they were coming off the pages. 


  1. I haven't read this one yet, I should start reading on more New Adult novels now, too caught up in YA :/ Glad you enjoyed the book though, I love character growth in novels <3 Lovely review! x Benish | Feminist Reflections

  2. Great review, Magen. Funny, I also posted this one today. My thoughts are much briefer but my rating was the same.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  3. Oh yay! This is probably my favorite Trisha book! I loved how emotional it was and the darker aspect to it made it really intriguing for me. I loved Sam and Holden and my heart broke so many times for them and what they were going through. I'm glad you enjoyed this one too Magen!

  4. I have had this book for so long now and I really cannot believe I haven't read it yet. It sounds so wonderful and hopefully I can get to it soon. Wonderful review!

  5. Wow, this one sounds really good and like it will give me many emotions while reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

  6. OMG! Beautiful review Magen! I really enjoyed this book too, but you have worded your review perfectly! The characters were fantastic and grew so much throughout this book. The tragedy that occurred was heartbreaking and these two were fantastic together!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  7. I love Trisha and so glad to hear that you enjoyed the book as well. So intense!

  8. This sounds amazing and emotional and like a must for my TBR! I love what you say about Holden protecting the ones he loves -- I admire characters like that, too. Beautiful review! Thank you for putting this on my radar! *hugs*


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