The Boy From The Woods by Jen Minkman was a lovely departure from the norm for me. Set in Austria, it was delightfully different yet familiar at the same time. I could have been Julia once upon a time, in fact I wager most of us have been in that place at one time or another, completely obsessed with someone who could barely give us the time of day in return.
Julia is a tree hugger, literally she is most comfortable in the woods by her sacred oak tree with whom she shares her most intimate secrets amongst them her enduring love for Michael whose reciprocation of those feelings is largely a construct of her own mind.
Julia has been in love with Michael for years. He’s the hottest guy in school, and she can’t believe her luck when they finally hit it off during Senior Prom. Her dream doesn’t last, though: after a few dates, he callously dumps her out of the blue. Summer vacation starts with Julia feeling heart-broken and miserable.
But then she rescues Michael in the woods when he has a motorcycle accident in a heavy thunderstorm. From that point onward, her life is turned upside down. Michael has changed completely after the blow to the head that nearly killed him… and he wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?
Prior to his rescue in the woods Julia was just coming to terms with the fact that Michael simply did not reciprocate her feelings. The day after his accident it is as if his disinterest in Julia never was. Is he sincere? Or is he even the same boy who was almost killed in the woods that summer night?
I enjoyed reading The Boy From The Woods and identified strongly with Julia and therefore found some of the passages that examined her feelings for Michael and Thorstan in minutiae less wearing than another might. Regardless the setting and story were original and I would definitely read more by this author in the future.
AUTHOR: Jen Minkman
RATING: 3 Stars
Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.
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