This first impression of Great and Precious Things by Rebecca Yarros was extremely captivating and emotional. Although starting on Chapter 3, after some obvious excitement, the story of Camden Daniels returning home to help care for his sick father, his father’s anger and accusations and the memories of his past immediately grabbed my attention. The author’s talented writing style and description of Camden’s unfriendly welcome and his haunting guilt over the death of his brother pulled me in and had me feeling his pain and rejection. Willow’s heartfelt loss and her complicated relationship with Camden, left me wanting to learn more about their past. This first glimpse was emotionally charged and a great start to this heartfelt contemporary romance story.
Six years have gone by since Camden Daniels walked away from his small town of Alba, Colorado. Although he swore to never return, a call from his father for help has him heading home. However, his homecoming is far from ideal. Twenty minutes with his father and he’s already been shot, ridiculed and judged. He knows his brother Alexander needs help taking care of their father but his return has stirred up his painful past of coming home from war without his brother Sullivan and being blamed for his death. Camden was shattered by Sullivan’s death and continually wishes that he would have sent another squad into battle, always asking himself “what if”. When his father throws him out, once again holding him responsible for Sullivan’s death, he finds himself returning to his Uncle Cal’s house, a house that became a home after his mother’s death. As he reflects on past memories of his mother and her death, his close relationship with his Uncle Cal and his brother’s death, it’s easy to feel his pain, loss and regrets. Returning home also brings up his feelings for Willow, the woman he loves but can never have. Will Camden find out why his father asked him to return home? Will he and Alexander, his perfect brother and mayor, be able to take care of their father on their own? Will he be able to put the past behind him and look to the future?
Willow loved Sullivan Daniels and was devastated by his death. She’s managed to pull herself together even though everyone’s afraid to mention Sullivan’s name in her presence. Her relationship with Camden has always been complicated and she’s always felt that Camden barely tolerated her. The night of his return he protected her from being shot by his father by jumping in front of the bullet but then he told her to go. She can’t stop thinking about Camden and then her mother asks her to return some items to him at Uncle Cal’s place. Knowing there is something she’s stored in her spare bedroom that she needs to bring to Camden before he comes looking for it, she decides to drive to Uncle Cal’s house. What is it that she’s been keeping from Camden? Will Camden finally let her in? Will their families ever heal from Sullivan’s death and the painful loss of what might have been?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this first glimpse of Great and Precious Things by Rebecca Yarros. I look forward to finding out why Camden’s father called him for help, what his true feelings for Willow reveal and what the future holds for the both of them? Will past secrets bring them together or pull them apart? Will they discover that some things are too precious to ignore?
I absolutely love the cover of this book. The picture on the cover pulls me In and reflects emotions of loneliness, desolation and loss, I can’t wait to read the rest of this story!