Book Review: Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

Goodreads Synopsis:

Falling in love is easy.

Falling out of love is the hardest thing in the world.

And Elin and Ty Whitt are terrible at it.

The first time the local basketball star smiled at Elin, she was a goner. It was just so damn easy to fall for the dark-haired hometown hero with his charming smile and strong, athletic build.

Thousands of sleepy smiles, aimless drives down country roads, and squeaks of the backdoor after a swing shift later, reality hits. And it hits hard. Falling in love was definitely the easy part. Watching it break apart was impossible.

Through the tears, the second-guesses, the memories of a life built together, the world keeps spinning. With each turn comes clarity and hope—sometimes in the form of a pair of muddy boots by the back door or from the words of a wise friend.

When Ty shows back up with a new found determination to put his family back together, Elin’s torn between the fights of the past and the possibility of a new start. This is the man that holds her heart, the man she loves beyond anything else. But this is also the one person in the world that can cause her the most pain.

Life’s not always easy. Love’s not for the faint of heart. But with life comes lessons and Ty and Elin have the scars to prove it. But it’s their love written in those scars that will hold them together … or break them apart.

Chick and Brain rating 5 out of 5 stars

Sometimes there are books out in the world that are meant for you to read. The books that when you begin to read them. tap into a part of your soul that has been hidden for a long time. For me this was one of those books. Written in the Scars is intense, realistic, emotional, and for lack of a better word simply amazing. I laughed, I cried, I felt the emotional pain of both of these character as if it was my own but by the end of the story I was a better person.

This story focuses on Elin and Ty. Everything in their life seems perfect. High school sweet hearts who got married, decided to start a family, and had the quintessential life that everyone dreams of.  When things did not go exactly as they had planned their world falls apart. The fights began, the money trouble started,  there were suspicion of affairs that begins to eat away at these two. It eventually gets to the point where their love for each other is forgotten and all that is left are hateful words that them apart. After the dust settles, these two now must attempt to pick the pieces of their marriage and decided if their love is worth fighting for. Elin and Ty are working to see to discover if their lives, although they have not turned out the way they planned, are meant to be spent with each other.

It is hard to put into words that impact this book has had on me since reading it. I have taken a few days to process before writing this review, but my thoughts and feelings are still raw. Elin and Ty are two characters that we can all see ourselves being. Elin is broken from terrible lose and heartbroken while Ty is devastated over not being able to give his wife the one thing that she has always desired.  We all can read this story and point fingers over who was at fault, but the reality of the situation is these two characters failed each other. They both believed that their love for one another would make everything alright in the end, but Locke shows all of us that this is just not realistic. Life is hard, so is loving someone so deeply. You feel their joy but you also must experience their pain. It is how you both deal with that pain that makes your relationship stronger. That is what broke Elin and Ty, but that is always what made the two of them stronger. Sometimes you must go through hell in order to reach paradise.

Adriana Locke has become a favorite author of mine, but I have ever wanted to tell someone thank you so much before after reading a book. Thank you Adriana for writing this book, from all of us who have gone through something that make the dark days feel even darker than before. This book is the light at the end of the tunnel. If you take anything away after reading this book understand that you are stronger than you believe but most importantly the best things in life are the ones you have to work for. They do not just come to you the easy way, if that was the case then they were probably not worth it in the first place.


Until next time,



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