Author: Cassia Leo
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: September 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times and USA Today best selling series.
Five years, six months, eight days….
It’s been eighteen years since Abigail was born with a hole in her heart. Five years since she collapsed on the soccer field. Five years, six months, eight days since she found out she was adopted.
Abby has spent five years wondering about the family she never knew and waiting for her eighteenth birthday. When Abby shows up on the doorstep of Chris and Claire Knight, her birth parents are overjoyed to see the little girl they lost eighteen years ago.
One summer is all they have to make up for the years they lost. But a summer of love soon turns into a summer of heartache.
“Because blackbirds can’t touch the sky if you never set them free.”
Sometimes you forget how much you love a series. In Bring Me Home, Chris and Claire’s story ended beautifully, but I always hoped that we would get more of Abby. I was almost hesitant to read Chasing Abby because, 1: I wasn’t sure if it would live up to my expectations and 2. It was bittersweet knowing this was truly the end of the series. Cassia did a phenomenal job with this story. I was literally in tears at the end of the book. It was heartfelt, emotional, and as always, she had characters that you could not help but love.
“You mean, like a black bird with broken wings?”
“No. Like a blackbird who’s learning to fly.”
Abigail grew up being the fragile girl, with a weak heart. She was dying to be free and experience life. With her heart condition, her adoptive parents were a bit overprotective and kept her sheltered. They were scared to lose her, but their restrictions made her feel stifled. For thirteen years, Abby didn’t know she was adopted. On her eighteenth birthday, Abby and her boyfriend Caleb decide to find her real parents.
“Hope: the biggest four letter word in the English language. It’s bigger than despair. Bigger than resentment. Bigger than skepticism. Four letters that, when combined, can hold a broken heart together for eighteen years.”
Seeing Chris and Claire together so many years later was amazing. It took me right back to Bring Me Home. For 18 years Chris and Claire had been waiting for the day that Abigail would decide if she would come back into their life. They had never stopped hoping and even though she wasn’t present, they always included her in their family. She was the missing puzzle piece in their life. They day she came back into them, was one of the most beautiful moments I’ve read.
This book brought out all my emotions. I already loved Chris and Claire but I fell in love with their kids and Caleb and Abby. Chasing Abby is told in different POVs. Each voice was unique, each emotional, and they were all important to the story. I won’t go into too many details because I don’t want to ruin it, but I was in tears more than once. Cassia ripped my heart out and slowly put it back together. Each issue was tackled with grace and heart. To me, Chasing Abby is one of her best books yet. Bravo, Cassia and thank you for this amazing series.