Tammy Pendleton thinks she’s broken beyond repair. Sheltered by her parents, a victim of sexual abuse, she wants to escape but doesn’t know how. Until her cousin Clara leads her away from the Pendleton estate, and into Clearwater.
Orion Bennett is a motor-head who works at Pete’s Service Station. At nineteen, he is battling depression. But he’s also suffering with trigeminal neuralgia—the suicide disease—and he’s desperate to escape the pain.
When Tammy wanders into the shop one day, she finds herself strangely comforted by the scents and sounds of the garage. Although the pain they suffer is very different, they discover comfort and understanding in one another. The companionship they share has the power to heal. The question is, will they let it?
I wasn’t aware that this was a book in a series when I started it, so imagine my shock when I learned it was book 11 in the Clearwater Series. I say this because I didn’t feel lost as I dived into this book, but I now wonder what I missed out on with the complete series.
Tammy has finally broken free from her father and the horrid life she lived in that childhood home. Moving in with her cousin Clara, she is starting to make her choices regarding her life slowly. Not being comfortable with people, she lives a reclusive and shy existence, only talking to a select few, who seemed to be on the outside of society as she feels she is. Emotional issues plague her daily life, she fights against the darkness that threatens to swallow her. She struggles against the fear that keeps her isolated and the memories of those terrifying moments with her father continue to keep her anchored to the bottom of the dark hole of depression.
Then one day, an accident happens and she sees Orion. Orion is the kind of guy a reader will be drawn to. His heart is so guarded yet there are times when his soul shines strong, through the hardship he was cursed with in life. With a painful medical condition he has had to learn how to live day to day and follow his passion during the pain. He offers Tammy a chance to work with him, to learn new things, explore what job options she has in front of her. Basically he shows her that the sky is the limit as long as she is willing to try.
I found this book to be an emotional read, that captures your heart as you watch Tammy swallow her fear and be there for Orion, just as much as he fights through his pain to be there for her in her darkest moments. This was a true example of love between two people, they put the needs of each other before their own and found a purpose for their life, which is vital when you get to the end of the book and Tammy faces the day that has haunted her. I was so touched by their story I can hardly wait to dive into this series starting with book one. I would be willing to bet you won’t soon forget the message in this book, the example of survival that was delivered among the pages is something we all need to be reminded of often.