(self-harm, depression, anxiety, substance abuse)
Life is beyond our control. It can bring joy, laughter, and happiness, then turn around and rip your heart out of your chest without warning.
Abel Matheson received a cold dose of life’s reality six months ago, when the man he loved most, lost his fight against cancer.
Free-spirited, easy-going Abel, doesn’t know how to cope with the rotting, festering grief growing inside him. What was once an easy life, has become a struggle to put one foot in front of the other.
His grades are slipping, his job is suffering, money is tight, and the nightmares plaguing his sleep are relentless. Something has to give. He can’t keep going like this.
Desperate to end his suffering, Abel falls back on old habits. Self-destructive habits he knows are wrong.
Every time he tries to stand, he ends up face-first in the mud.
On the advice of a counselor, Abel makes attempts to find a support system to help him handle his grief. Unexpectedly, during his quest toward healing, Abel makes a connection with the most unlikely of people.
His mind wants to rebel against the man who stands before him. Run far and fast in the other direction. But his heart forms a bond that annihilates his fear.
Why this man of all people?
Sometimes you find help and love where you least expect it.
New Beginnings: Abel’s Journey (No Regrets #2) by Nicky James
“I think I’m ready for a new beginning.”
Firstly, can this be standalone? Possibly but I would strongly advise reading No Regrets to really understand Abel’s story. I would say to anyone that has read No Regrets and is a bit apprehensive about reading this one, don’t be.
Abel lost his husband, Landon, six months ago when this book opens and to say he’s struggling is an understatement.The Abel here is nothing like the happy go lucky, endearing, pushy character from No Regrets.
He’s struggling with every aspect of his life.His college grades are slipping, he can’t concentrate on his job….the only comfort he finds is with alcohol, just to numb the pain and loss.
Hard to read at times but his grief was extremely well portrayed.
On a visit back to Landon’s hometown Abel finds help from someone he would probably have never expected to get close to.The Author did an excellent job in the development of these two men’s relationship.Nothing is rushed or forced and while their story definitely isn’t easy, it develops at just the right pace…to me, it felt totally credible and their shared connection to Landon…
Was both beautiful and heartbreaking…
As the story progresses we gradually see Abel emerging from his grief and allowing himself to feel love again.I definitely shed tears at the end but it was just perfect.This book, along with No Regrets are the only books I’ve read by Nicky James and I found her writing just captivating.
It’s sad, uplifting, hopeful, and very special and definitely one of my top reads this year.