What I Thought
Despite the fact the emotional backstory to Finding Sam is quite heartbreaking, the majority of this story made me smile and filled me with hope for Sam, the main character!
After the devastation of losing his fiancee Nathalie in a freak car accident, Sam blames himself. He thinks he is cursed and that everyone around him will be hurt because of it. He is harbouring a lot of guilty feelings. Therefore Sam feels he has no choice but to leave, get as far away from everyone he cares about as he can, to save them. As soon as Nathalie’s funeral is over, Sam ups and leaves, without telling a soul, taking just one bag of belongings with him, Nathalie’s engagement ring and a picture of them together. He just hops in his car and off he goes, without having any real destination or plans in mind.
After days of travelling, Sam has a blowout on his tyre, he stops to fix it. He feels something wet on his arm, looks from under the car and there is a dog. Right in the middle of the highway. No one around that she could belong to. Sam can’t leave her there alone so she joins him on his journey. His wheel doesn’t look right so Sam decides to stop at the next garage he see’s to have it checked. Turns out he needs some pretty pricey work done on his car that could take a few weeks. He’s recommended a place to try for a room at the general store of a very small town in Colorado. Trying to find the general store, Sam enters a small bakery to ask where to find it, it’s here that Sam meets Izzy. Immediately Sam thinks she is beautiful, but wow can she talk, she never stops. Izzy shows Sam over to the general store, which just happens to be run by her Grandpa, Lenny. Lenny offers the room to Sam in exchange for him doing some work around the shop. Sam agrees, as along with paying for the car repairs, he cant really afford to pay for some where to stay.
Sam still has the dog he came across, who he names Lucky, tagging along with him. He becomes attached to Lucky, she somehow calms him.
Sam struggles daily, trying to suppress the urge to score some cocaine, waking up every night after nightmares of Nathalie telling him he killed her, and fighting an attraction to Izzy. It’s obvious Izzy wants Sam, but he feels he is betraying Nathalie and he just cant do that. So he jumps into the list of jobs Lenny gives him to do around the store to keep his mind occupied. The longer Sam stays in the small, very quiet town, he soon discovers that both Izzy and Lenny have their own heartbreaking secrets. Can Sam stick around, forgive himself for his past sins and try to move on? Will he ever be able to forget that he thinks he is cursed? Will Sam allow himself another chance at love or is he destined to be alone forever?
After a heart wrenching ending to A Reliant Love, I was curious as to where Taylor would take Finding Sam. I knew this would be another emotional rollercoaster of a book. All the way through I was rooting for Sam. I wanted him to be able to heal and move forward. Sam is so full of self loathing and guilt, and all he is really thinking about underneath is about no more people getting hurt that are around him. You will, without a doubt fall in love with Sam in this story, if you hadn’t already.
Izzy has her own secrets but she doesn’t let them bring her down. She is bubbly, out-going and in your face and chatty. Her secrets make her want to live her life, not as a downer who lets her past rule her.
I love that the dog, Lucky, actually has a huge role in this story. She’s a healer. She can sense Sam’s different emotions. I loved her!
Taylor Lavati is a super talented author, this story is so totally beautifully written. This series as a whole is, in my opinion amazing! Taylor sure knows how to write. Her words don’t make you feel as if you are just reading a book, you are made to feel the emotion in these stories, you are along for the ride, joining the journeys the characters take as if you are right there with them.
All I want to do is gush about how amazingly brilliant this series is. The true to life feelings it invokes, the imagery the descriptive writing creates, it all gripped me. Such create writing. Safe to say I am totally fan girling over Taylor Lavati right now!
This story needed to be written. After reading it and feeling such intense feelings after A Reliant Love, we needed to read Sam’s story. We needed to see his journey of self discovery, restraint, forgiveness. To put your mind at ease. Get me…… Talking about this book like its real life. That is just what this story brings out in you, I feel. Passionate.
This is definitely a story, that I say everyone has to read. Just be prepared for some up and down emotions and keep a box of tissues close by!