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I had it all.
Breaking into the entertainment business as a teenager wasn’t easy. I spent years of my childhood traveling, auditioning and hoping my big break would come. And when I did, I rose to a level I never imagined.
Elle Tyler: model, singer and actress. I couldn’t go anywhere without security anymore. It was everything I ever wanted and more – fame, fortune and worldwide recognition. At age twenty-four, I was living a dream.
But a single act of violence shattered my fairytale existence. In a matter of seconds, all the goodness in me was ripped to shreds. Overnight, the people around me dropped away, moving on to find the next big thing. I gave up on myself, becoming a woman so dark and forlorn I no longer recognized myself.
But the stranger who saved me that day, Justin Lockhart, never gave up on me. He still saw light through my darkness. And as we grew closer, I started to see it, too. And I also started to see that before that terrible day, maybe I didn’t really have it all. Maybe I was always missing the only thing that really matters.
Hidden Depth is a lovely (pun intended) book about overcoming our fears and letting yourself be loved.
I loved Elle and Justin! Elle goes through something traumatic and struggles to be okay afterward. Justin saves her literally and figuratively. They come from different worlds, but tragedy brings them together. Elle is honest and flawed and that makes her a beautiful character. Justin is almost too good to be true and you can’t help falling in love with him. The small town setting is great. The secondary characters are present but not overbearing.
I did have a couple of things that that left me a bit unsatisfied. The wrap up of Elle’s tragedy was a bit rushed. It was a major catalyst for the events of the book but was wrapped up as almost an afterthought. The other thing was something Justin found out when he returned to his hometown. I know this big secret was a plot driver, but it felt a bit unnecessary and honestly, I thought it had the potential to add another layer to Elle’s story in an entirely different way. I know this is all a bit mysterious, but I don’t do spoilers and both would be spoileriffic. So… sorry, not sorry.
This is a beautiful book about healing and love and letting love help you heal. Another must read from Brenda Rothert.