Chi-town professional Wren Riley is 25 and a rising star in the business world. She can eat a man alive and laugh about it to her girlfriends in seconds flat–and she does, on the regular. Behind the power suits and the flashing, flirty eyes, however, Wren has a secret, vulnerable side. Following a devastating loss and the discovery of a bird journal she and her father made together years before, Wren sets out to seek peace, closure, and something she just can’t name. Is that something tied to the little paper cranes she keeps finding along the way?
Laurence Byrd grew up a lanky Hoosier kid with the good/bad fortune of having the same name as the state’s perennial basketball legend. With a better affinity for dogs than sports or school, he ends up in the Army instead of the Chicago art school of his dreams. Still, his service to our country is something he can be proud of–until an argument with the girl who means the world to him results in a series of events that blows his life apart. With no one left to understand him, black sheep Laurie pours out his heart into letters and drawings he never intends to send–then he folds them into paper cranes that he leaves behind like messages in little winged bottles. He never dreams someone might be finding them.
God damn it, Sylvia, for a few moments I tricked myself into feeling really alive. I cut it off before anyone got hurt, but just for a moment or two, I really thought I might feel something again–something like trust. Something like love. Not the kind of love we had, but something new. Something like hope.
Spoiler alert: Wren and Laurie are going to meet. And when they do, their lives are never going to be the same.
This was a great read! Two people who share a love of birds and both have suffered tragedies in their short life times. Both are looking for someone to help them heal. Wren doesn’t like to show her emotions and would rather focus on working her way to the top than get too seriously involved with anyone. After suffering from the loss of her mother at a young age and then her beloved father a year ago, she has no desire to have any serious contact with anyone. Laurie is a sweet, sensitive, soldier who has issues of his own. After losing his fiancé and dog in an accident while he was deployed and feeling that his friends death was his fault, he is having trouble getting past the guilt. Until he meets Wren and almost instantly falls in love with her. Can these two get past the hurt and pain of the past and make a better future together?
I Loved the transitions from one POV to the other. One picked up right where the other left off. It was a very sweet, romantic and believable story line. My heart broke for Wren when she read the letter from her father and I loved how bits and pieces of his letter to her fit so perfectly into her relationship with Laurie. Although Wrens father had passed it felt as though he was always there guiding her to follow her heart. This book is full of a wide range of emotions. I was happy, I was sad and yes at times I wanted to throw my Kindle. But all in all Bird After Bird by Leslea Tash is a very sweet, emotional read that gets 4.5 stars!! Loved this one!!