Everybody's Got a Story by Heather Wardell
After his trial, she moves from New York City to Toronto in an attempt to start over, but his words cling to her and even in a new country she can't see how to move into relationships with the new people in her life while hiding the secret of Christophe's worst offence.
She can't hide that secret from her coworker Jake, though, because the news buff has recognised her from the coverage of the assault and trial and knows every word she can't bring herself to say about her ordeal.
With Jake's help, can Alexa reclaim her story and her life?
The beginning of the story finds us at the trial of Christophe who was Alexa's boyfriend. He is charged with a terrible attack against her which took place two years ago. Alexa is waiting for it all to be over to enable her to get on with the rest of her life but because all the facts of the case are now being reported she has become the subject of unwanted media attention. The fact that she loved and trusted Christophe who she had been with for a few years makes it all so much harder to move on.
Her parents want her to come home but she feels she would be going backwards in her life. Alexa works as a book editor and Fred her lovely boss suggests she moves from New York to his branch in Toronto to start again. Alexa finds it hard to trust people and because of the permanency of the marks left behind by her attack she knows that if she is ever intimate again with any man she will have to tell him her story. It seems she will never be able to forget her past.
Editing a horrific crime book for author Michael may not be the best idea ever but it could be she has found a kindred soul in Michael and they can help each other.
My heart really went out to Alexa especially when just as she was getting her life straight she had to deal with Carly at work who was a complete bitch to her. The lovely Jake made up for her and so did Stella the rescue kitten who Alexa takes into her home and it's so sweet as they learn to trust each other and other people together. I found myself cheering for Alexa when she stood up for herself and feeling her pain when she was once again hurt by cruel words.
When we hear of a court case on television we don't often think about where the victim goes from there or whether they want to even be called a victim. I think this book handles that question very well and I found it hard to put down. The first chapter about the court case was slightly disturbing but it was essential to know the horror of what Alexa went through and it certainly grabbed my attention.
I love finding an author I haven't read before and Heather has written fourteen books which are all interlinked in some way as they are called The Toronto Series. The first one is free to download and you can find it here Life,Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo
I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading more by the author.
Everybody's Got a Story at Amazon UK