What makes you happy?
That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga – but I just stared.
And then, I got in his car.
It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.
We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room – and still, we were strangers. One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.
Discovering his journal changed everything.
I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.
I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked – until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.
Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could.
I finally popped my Kandi Steiner cherry after way too many months of her sitting on my shelf. I debated on which one to start with, but I am so glad I started with On the Way to You.
This book was adventurous, fun, yet so very emotional that it had me glued to the book the entire time. It was so well done and I loved how Kandi wrote this book. Everything about this book felt kismet, meant to be, like God was subtly pushing the two main characters together their entire lives. One of my favorite things about this book is the thought of asking people, “What makes you happy?” instead of the standard, “What do you do?” I think it is a brilliant way to get to know people and what they are passionate about.
Cooper. This sweet girl full of sunshine has not had an easy life, yet she walks through life with an appreciation for even the smallest things. She is fire and sugar and persistent as hell. Cooper was mistreated by the very people who are supposed to love her unconditionally, which only lights a fire under her to do everything she can to succeed in order to prove those people wrong. Emery crashes into her life and offers her the opportunity to actually follow through with her dreams of leaving Mobile and she intends to take it. Along the way, she sees places and meets people that she never in her life thought she would get to see and meet. As the days pass, Cooper gets more and more frustrated with not knowing who Emery is and what goes on in his head. She crosses a line with the best intentions, but it could fracture what she has with Emery beyond repair. Will she be able to save him and what they have before it is too late?
Emery Reed. He might not have gotten his POV in this story aside from snippets from his journal, but this broken, vulnerable man stole the show for me. Emery has gone through life existing and going through the motions. He has his good days and his bad days. However, he promises his grandmother he will go on a cross country road trip to find peace after she dies. This is how he finds himself at a diner in Mobile, Alabama, where a girl dreams of making it to Washington to pursue her future. He has no idea why he invites her along, but their souls call to each other. The only problem is he is hiding something that could destroy them both. I absolutely love Emery’s story and the strength he possesses to battle his demons on a daily basis. He is a man worthy of love and is just looking for someone to show him that.
Cooper and Emery together were the exact thing the other needed. They were fated to meet and take a crazy adventure together. This is one of those stories that makes you think. It makes you think about life and how we should appreciate it. It makes you think about how to treat people and that you might not know what is going on inside their heads. I am very much looking forward to reading more from this author.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!