Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners/besties/soulmates and brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Sublime, The House, and Autoboyography.
You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, Facebook.com/ChristinaLaurenBooks, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.
An uplifting and unforgettable read that will make you fall in love with life again . . .
'You can never go wrong with Christina Lauren!' Paige Toon
'A true joy from start to finish' Kristin Harmel
Macy is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new paediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot - the first and only love of her life - the careful bubble she's constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy's entire world - growing from her gangly teen friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother . . . only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more - spending weekends and lazy summers together reading books and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy's decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.
The heart-breaking and heart-warming read from No. 1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren, author of The Unhoneymooners and The Soulmate Equation.
Find out why readers LOVE Christina Lauren:
'Pure, irresistible magic from start to finish' Emily Henry
'Heartbreaking and hopeful' Amy Reichert
'Pure joy' Sally Thorne
'What a joyful, warm, touching book! This is the book to read if you want to smile so hard your face hurts' Jasmine Guillory
'(A) tender story of first love, mature love, and the people who change us in the best possible ways' Washington Independent Review of Books
'A coming-of-age tale exquisitely blended with second-chance love' RT Book Reviews
'This is the angsty, emotional book from Christina Lauren that will break your heart into a million pieces' Goodreads
'This book will reel you in with the beauty of first love' Goodreads
The heart may hide, but it never forgets.
At thirteen you were my first real friend. At fifteen you were my first love, at eighteen you were my everything. We were about to take on the world together, until one mistake shattered our future.
I'm about to marry a safe man who will never touch my heart, whose loss would never break me. He doesn't really need me, and that's how I like it. Until one day I turned around in a coffee shop and there you were. It's been eleven years and nothing has changed. I don't know how to forgive you and worse, I don't know if I can resist you.
Loving you nearly destroyed me, but losing you again is unthinkable. Am I brave enough to risk it all?
'Christina Lauren's books have a place of honour on my bookshelf.' Sarah J. Maas, bestselling author of Throne of Glass
'Heartbreaking and hopeful' Amy E. Reichert
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, the first women's fiction novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren is an unforgettable, endlessly uplifting story of love and loss.