Mending on Amazon.com
|Released Dec 17th, 2012|
Gabby has finally started to break down the walls she has worked so hard to build up from all of the heartache she has felt through the years, just as ghosts from Bradley’s past begin to show themselves. Will Gabby find healthy ways to cope with the new heartache she experiences or will she go back to running from the people who pose a risk of hurting her?
So I have been waiting a bit to write this review because I was still trying to form the words to complete my review. I have been read lots of books in the last year or so upwards of about 190+. I still cannot tell you what it is about Broken and Mending that have just taken me completely by storm. Oh well scratch that I can… I am totally and completely smitten with Bradley Banks and simply adore Gabby.
Mending picks up EXACTLY where Broken left off which is great because so many books don’t do that and there is a gap in time and space between installments. J.B. does an excellent job of picking up right where she left off in Broken. If you haven’t read Broken the first book in the series you will need to start there.
One of my favorite things about the “This Series” is the alternating chapters of past and present. The book starts in the present which is a few months into the future after Broken ended but the alternating chapters, give us the story of the past few months, from their second date to the present day.
In Mending Gabby and Bradley’s relationship is put to the ultimate test when a past love interest of his shows up at the most inopportune time. Gabby already struggling to let go of her issues of trust with dating and relationships immediately turns to thinking the worst which causes her to make some rash decisions. Some say that Gabby is immature and I tend to agree. She is after all still a college student. Her decisions causes Bradley to take steps to not only correct this unexpected development, but ensure that Gabby knows just how much this doesn’t change anything about his feelings for her.
“I can barely breathe when I’m around you because you take my breathe away. But, when I was without you, I thought I was drowning.”
― J.B. McGee, Mending
When Gabby finds herself with her own unexpected visitor from the past. She comes face to face with the person that betrayed her and caused her to build the walls she has when it comes to relationships. When Ian knock on the door to her apartment it causes Gabby’s to really think about her relationship with Bradley. She is slightly confused at the sudden appearance of Ian at her door and quickly realizes which his intentions are.
As Gabby and Bradley’s story continues to unfold you get the true feeling of what it means to love unconditionally. Gabby is truly starting to grow up and understand what relationships are supposed to be like. Gabby is the first person to ever make Bradley feel love and he will stop at nothing to make sure that she believes that their love is forever and nothing will ever come between them to change what he feels for her.
“If I can’t have you for the rest of my life, I will be alone.”
― J.B. McGee, Mending
This book simply brought a smile to my face, tears to my eyes, warmed my heart and made me fall deeper into their love story. I was smitten with Bradley after Broken and fell even more after Mending. I have read other reviews that criticized that Bradley was too old fashioned and I honestly find that one of his most charming qualities. Gabby can be slightly immature at times but keeping in mind that she is young and inexperienced it lends insight to her character. She isn’t supposed to have it all figured out at that age. Who really does when in college, but the one thing that she is always certain of is that she loves Bradley and he loves her just as much…
The characters continue to gain steady development throughout this installment. You can see the depth of the story as it is growing and maturing in this sequel. The next installment is titled “Forgiven” which doesn’t have a release date just yet but will surely be on my TBR list!
About the Author:
In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children’s literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.
In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.
J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children’s medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series.