Ren didn’t know the meaning of love until he took Della for his own.
To begin with he hated her, but as the months bled into years, he learned the opposite of hate, dedicating his life to giving her everything.
Every sacrifice, every gift, he gave wholeheartedly.
But then love turned to lust and ruined everything.
I was stupid to write my secrets down, but I’d been stupid before so it was nothing new.
I couldn’t blame him, hate him, fix him.
I tried to move on without him.
But no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to delete the secrets I’d written.
Until something happened.
Until he came back and read my stupid secrets.
And nothing was the same after that.
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What do you do when you write down all your secrets and the one person who should never read them does?
Pepper Winters opened my eyes to dark romance. Now, she opens my heart up to epic love stories that transcend everything possible and imaginable. With her poetic writing and lyrical prose, she weaves a beautifully heart-wrenching, teeth-clenching and mind-numbing story that will leave an imprint on your psyche.
I thought The Boy and His Ribbon was fabulous. But this tale? The Girl and Her Ren is all consuming, thought provoking and brutally honest in its portrayal of true love. It rattled me. Destroyed me. Irrevocably changed me. I wouldn’t trade the heartbreaking, wonderfully written story for anything.
There was nothing to fight against… only something to fight for.
Della and Ren’s love is rich. Its realistically portrayed that only an artist with adeptness and attention can achieve. These are characters you will not only fall in love with, you’ll become best friends, too. You’ll follow their entire journey. From every sweet smile, to every bitter separation, no detail is excluded.
While Della and Ren’s story isn’t always pretty – it is full of bittersweet, raw pain and tender, loving moments – it is real. It is an epic story that will leave you sobbing fat, ugly tears. But, it will also make you smile until your cheeks hurt. You’ll laugh hard until your eyes blur and you’re gasping for breath. Goosebumps will erupt across your skin as you feel every emotion etched into the pages.
“Caring for you was the easiest thing I’ve ever done, Della. Raising you was the best thing I’ve ever achieved. I’m so f**king honoured to have had that privilege.”
Pushing her away a little, I bowed my head to stare hard into her eyes. She needed to hear this and she needed to hear it now.
Before I did what I could never undo.
Before I broke the final filament of my self-control.
Pepper Winters never ceases to amaze me.
She’s grown so much as a writer and story teller, and you can see that in this tale. Her characters remain true to themselves: Della is still stubborn yet selfless and loving; Ren is unapologetically himself, a man who is forever tied to nature and his beloved forests. And the bond these two share is forever.
The Girl and Her Ren is a beautifully tragic tale, brimming with unconditional love and unbreakable connections, that will stay with you forever. If you thought The Boy and His Ribbon was your greatest read, wait until The Girl and Her Ren.
Wild forever and always.
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