Published: December 29, 2011
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Back cover blurb:
Little battles have been fought, and old wounds have festered and healed.
The weight placed upon both Sophia Young and Elliott Dalton never grows lighter, but as they adapt to life, the burden becomes bearable. In the final chapter of their early and fragile relationship, they will be faced with the biggest challenge of them all—accept the love they’ve been given, or seek comfort in the cold solitary ways of their past.
Love is a lesson, but one must be open enough to learn.
When Elliott reveals more of his past and Sophie confronts more of her own, they continue on the path of joining their lives together. But where will the path lead and what will they find there? Emotionally bare and physically fatigued, they find nothing but rubble at the end of their journey. Will they accept destruction of their peace, or will they brandish the tools they’ve gathered along the way and cultivate a garden where all things will grow.
A box of tissues will probably be required for reading the emotionally charged fourth and final book in N.K. Smith’s Old Wounds series, Where All Things Will Grow. Picking up from the end of the third book, Weight of the World, troubled teenagers Elliott and Sophie are still taking one step forward and two steps back in their relationship, with both finally admitting they love each other even though they are still very broken individuals.
The appealing cover, showing a fresh new shoot, gives hope that their turbulent relationship will finally get a happy ending, but not until Sophie can exorcise her demons and Elliott can come to terms with what happened to him and his brother at the hands of their evil father. When the extent of the abuse is finally, gradually revealed it is shocking and heart-breaking to read.
Their tentative sexual relationship is taken further in this book, but just when Elliott seems to be making progress, a ghost from Sophie’s past plunges them back into chaos. Their co-dependency is tested when Elliott begins a different type of therapy, in a section of the book which left me with chills. Then, just when you think nothing could possibly be worse than what they have already been through, an event takes place which causes irreparable damage . . . that’s when the tissues will come in handy the most.
Once again, Smith has crafted an incredibly moving story which stays with you long after you have finished reading. It is an amazing ending to a remarkable series.
My rating: 5/5