Just a quick note before we get to today’s book review, with tomorrow being the 4th of July, I’m going to take the day off to spend time with my family. Have an amazing day!
As teenagers, Celia and Manny planned their future together in the branches of a mango tree. Soon afterward, Manny leaves Fogo Island for college, expecting to marry Celia and take her to America once he graduates. However, during Manny’s schooling, the volcano near Celia’s village erupts, burying her home.
They lose contact with each other, and Celia comes to believe that Manny has fallen in love with someone else. When their lives intersect again, too much has changed for their plans to ever become a reality, yet the promises they made and the desires of their hearts persist, becoming unforgettable.
I loved the whole vibe of Unforgettable. Celia and Manny grow up on Fogo Island. It’s just a really laid back and beachy type of place. So everyone knows everyone. That’s good and it’s bad. Sometimes it means that people are kinder and sometimes it means that everyone knows too much about everyone else.
Anyway…the book starts out with a volcanic eruption on Fogo Island that displaces everyone. Including Celia and her mom. Manny is going to college elsewhere. The eruption causes Celia and Manny to lose each other. And Celia marries someone else before he can find her again.
I liked that Manny was willing to go to great lengths to find Celia. Even after he realized she was married to someone else, he cared about her and wanted to help her. Manny is just the ultimate responsible person. He goes out of his way to get his mom and sister to America, even though he had a job he loved where he was. His sister puts Manny and his mom through some crazy things. I liked how he never gave up.
Then there’s Celia. She’s courageous. Her mom goes a little crazy during the volcano eruption. But Celia just keeps going. She works to keep her mom out of the path of the volcano in any way she can. Then when she’s dealing with her abusive husband, she figures out a way out. And by that time she’s in a foreign country.
Unforgettable has a great story. There’s danger, adventure, and just real life as well. I liked the way I never knew what was coming next. And the ending was really well done!
I was sent an e-copy of Unforgettable in exchange for an honest review.
What to read after Unforgettable
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