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Ella's life is finally going well. She has moved past most of her issues and has learned how to breathe through her problems. Then a box shows up containing her mom's old journal and suddenly she isn't so sure she can have her happily ever after. How can she live out that reality if she's never seen what it looks like? Micha will always be there for Ella, but he's been offered an opportunity to go on tour that he isn't sure he can say no to. He can't leave Ella behind and he isn't sure she'd want to pack up and hit the road for three months. Faced with the reality of balancing their dreams with their fears, can Ella & Micha make things work or will their relationship finally fall to pieces?
There isn't much new to say about either Ella or Micha. They are both the same characters we remember and love. Ella is the same sweet, fiesty girl. She just has a better handle on her issues. She's moved on enough to not spend every waking hour thinking about her past, even though things do pop up occasionally. And then there's Micha. He just might be my favorite male character, ever. He's so fucking devoted to Ella that you can't help but love the guy. He's sweet and caring and determined to help Ella through whatever she is going through. I really don't have words for him. He's perfect. He is the perfect book boyfriend. He's hot, he sings, he plays guitar, he is so fucking in love with Ella that it hurts. He's just perfect, okay?
This lives up to Sorensen's previous works. It's just the right level of heartbreaking and uplifting. Ella & Micha have been through quite enough, so I was a little nervous to start this because I didn't want to see them put through anymore drama. They've had enough problems. For all of you worried about that particular problem, fear not! This is Sorensen's least traumatic novel (at least that I've read thus far). No epic breakups or terrible revelations or spirals in unimaginable depression. Just Ella & Micha working towards making their wedding happen. And it was absolutely perfect. This is exactly what you want to see for Ella & Micha, a future with just enough imperfections to make it believable, but still perfect.
All you really need to know is that this is the novel for Ella & Micha you have been waiting for. Sorensen manages to write a novel that is even better than it's predecessors, which is a feat because I love The Secret Of Ella & Micha. Even though you thought the pair got their happily ever afters at the end of The Secret and The Forever, here they really do get that picturesque ending that we all dream about. I hope their future is filled with many happy days.
****Thank you to Forever for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****