Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Date Read: February 19, 2015
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Beta Copy from Author
Ella Page planned to spend her summer before college like most girls her age - shopping, tanning, swimming, repeat. Instead she finds herself helping out on her grandma's farm, where she is forced to work side by side with her ex-best friend, Gage Hunter. Despite her attempt to stay cool around the boy she no longer feels like she knows, the heat in the summer air just won't stop rising. And with it, old feelings she's not so sure were forgotten after all.
"I want to be everything to you the way you're everything to me."
There are no words to explain just how freaking excited I was when this book arrived in my inbox. I have been such a huge fan of Janelle Stalder ever since I read her debut Eden and now I can't help but devour each and every book she puts out. Simple Beginnings was everything I could have wanted and more. It melted my heart and utterly blew me away.
Ella wanted to spend her summer before college with her friends, shopping, swimming and working on her tan. The last thing she wanted to do was move two hours away to work on her Nan's farm but Ella will do anything for her Nan. But when she finds herself face-to-face with her childhood best friend Gage. The person who unknowingly broke her heart years ago and now she has to work side-by-side with him on her Nan's farm. As she tried to keep her distance Ella finds her feelings towards Gage growing. Can she trust him with her heart or is she going to end up broken again?
Janelle Stalder is without a doubt one of the best authors I have ever had the pleasure of reading her work. It really saddens me that she isn't as well known as she really should be. Her writing style is just utterly phenomenal. Within a few paragraphs of chapter one I was totally hooked yet again and I could not put her book down... not for anything. It's a good job I was off work the day I picked this up because I literally forgot about everything and ended up devouring the book in one sitting. I adored it so much.
Ella was such a fantastic character. We were introduced to her briefly in Brush Strokes and I was so excited that she was getting her own book and I loved her even more in this. She was so feisty and the more I read the more I adored her. She reminded me a little bit of me as she was so hard-headed and determined which I definitely am. I just adored her.
Gage... Oh. My. Gage! I am officially in love with a new fictional boy. Gage is the guy everyone will fall in love with because he is smexy and swoony and will make everyone's hearts just melt. He was beautiful and wonderful and I adored him so much. I am completely and utterly head-over-heels in love and I remember thinking that if Ella didn't want him then I would gladly take him off her hands.
Simple Beginnings was just the perfect book that I needed. I adored every moment of it. It really was phenomenal which is a lot coming from me as I find myself repeatedly bored with a lot of NA Contemporary novels as I find them pretty much the same but this one just kept me hooked it was wonderful and read so differently to all the others. It was pure perfection.
Simple Beginnings was everything I could have wanted and more. It was a perfect love story with phenomenal characters and an addictive writing style. It kept me hooked from start to finish and I cannot wait for more books from Janelle Stalder. I would recommend this book to everyone it was utterly perfect! A must-read!
"You've had me bewitches my whole life, Ella Page. There's never been anyone else that could hold my heart the way you do."