From goodreads: Life shouldn’t be about picking up the pieces.
Beth Bradshaw has spent her life hiding from her tragic past. From the moment a trusted family friend steals her innocence until the moment another rescues her, she struggles to just survive.
Surrounded by the comfort and protection of her extended family, Beth embarks on a journey of healing far from the horrors of her home. In her darkest moments, she meets a boy named Ryan. For one incredible summer, Ryan shows Beth what it’s like to act her own age.
To feel free and let go.
If only for a while.
Years later, another tragedy threatens to shatter the life Beth has carefully crafted. When faced, yet again, with more pieces to pick up, Beth begins to question what her choices have cost her.
Leaving her old life behind, she sets forth on a pilgrimage that will bring her back to the boy she could never forget. He wants to help her pick up the pieces of her life, but is she willing to do what it takes to become whole again?
Can she trust him with a piece of herself?
I wanted to love The Final Piece and it had the makings of a moving and powerful story but I do think it fell short. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the story but I didn’t love it the way I should have. I think anytime anyone chooses to write a story about abuse/rape it has to be done with depth and it should rock me to my core; this wasn’t the case. The subject matter felt one-dimensional and glossed over.
There were moments throughout the story when I felt Beth bounced back too quickly from something horrific that happened during her childhood. No one goes through life recovering from abuse/rape that easily. There were one or two scenes that were difficult to read and not because it was graphic but because it was jarring; it was out-of-place making the story seem choppy.
Even though I had some concerns with the story there were elements that I liked. Tommy (besides Ryan) is one of my favorite characters. He was an extremely well thought-out character filled with depth. He’s the father figure every daughter wants and he gives her the love and protection that Beth desperately needs. To say that he made me feel warm and fuzzy is an understatement!
Beth’s relationship with Ryan tugged at my heartstrings. The way their relationship blossoms from when they’re children into adulthood is incredibly touching. Even after being apart for a few years they can’t seem to forget about each other and one can only dream of a love such as theirs.
The writing is excellent (regardless if I was able to truly connect to the story) and while the pace of the story isn’t quick it was perfect for the subject matter at hand.
My final two cents: Even though I struggled with the story, I didn’t dislike it but I really wanted to love it a lot and I do look forward to reading more books by Maggi Myers in the future. ;)