Saturday, April 10, 2021



When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them. - excerpt from Goodreads.

Layla by Colleen Hoover explores different area and perspective. This book was written in the male perspective and started off with a heavy sense of mystery. I would say I was definitely surprised for a first half of the story. This review will be short because much of it will be spoilers if I talked about the plot itself. I can share that the characters are unique and their experiences worthy of your attention. I liked how the author transition between two timelines, how going back and forth is the key to my constant drawn to the book.

I love how real the feelings of Leeds is, how honest he is in his thoughts. Although he tries his best in saving the relationship, you can also feel how weary he is. As for Layla, you do not get her perspective but her reactions to Leeds. When another important character like Willow is introduced into the story, your curiosity as a reader will rub on, that wanting to know how things will end up.

I was quite anxious to complete the book and get to the ending and to my relief it was less than 300 pages long. This is definitely one of the shortest Colleen Hoover book I've read. I don't absolutely love it like some of the other titles but overall this was a good book. It highlights the changes of human when met with tragedy, it talks about love in a way that it recognizes familiarity and also being able to grow as well. The thing that I did not like about this book is that the setting is quite stuck but I understand it's because of the nature of the situation that Leeds, Layla and Willow is caught in.  Anymore comments will lead to spoilers. so just get ready for mystery, love and human principles that needs to be questioned. This is probably the first Colleen Hoover book that I won't re-read as knowing the ending gives away to all the mystery.

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