Eleanor & Grey – Review

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No matter how swamped I become in my reading and reviewing schedule, I will forever continue to make time for Brittainy C. Cherry’s books, even if I have to stay up all night to read. She writes one emotional hit after the next, each one better than the last. Right now I can’t possibly imagine how she’ll continue this upward trend after Eleanor & Grey, though if anyone can manage it, Brittainy will find a way. This book is the best of the best. Hands down, one of the best love stories I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a LOT.


Greyson East left his mark on me.

As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.

Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.

When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.

I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man. 

The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.

When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only. 
He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time. 

But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.

I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.

Brittainy is a master of writing emotion – she captures the nuances of human relationships we mere mortals often cannot find words to describe. Eleanor and Grey went through mega transformations in this story. They clearly represented the pain of grief and how every human relationship impacts our lives. I loved how this story didn’t follow a traditional trajectory, starting with broken characters and ending with whole people. The characters faced a myriad of ups and downs throughout the story, making it completely unpredictable and therefore, unputdownable. Their growth wasn’t a one-time experience – it was a lifelong process, like real life.

Though this book was all about the grief people experience after loss, it still managed to be lighthearted and fun, thanks to the help of Shay and abundant Harry Potter references. Funnily enough, right before I started this incredible novel, my family and I had an intense two-day Harry Potter marathon, complete with a mattress in the living room and copious amounts of junk food. Mental health days and Harry Potter go hand in hand, my friends, and Brittainy knows this universal truth all too well. I also loved the references to Mister Rogers in this book. His show was a pivotal part of my growing up and a great comfort to me as a child. I used to long for him to be my grandfather so I could watch him change his shoes and sweater in person.

Each time I read Brittainy’s books, I feel the fibers of my soul being tugged. I relate so intensely to her characters, it’s as if Brittainy’s been in my brain, seeing the world through my eyes. I’m certain God made our souls of the same threads, though Brittainy came from the cleaner, shinier, more beautiful piece of fabric. Her heart is too pure and wonderful for this world – just look at the stories she creates. My friends, if you’re in need of a heart-tugging Romantic read, this is the book. If you want to be a better, more empathetic person, read this book. I’m emotionally spent and yet, somehow, full to the absolute brim after reading Eleanor & Grey. These characters will be in my heart forever.

Rating: 5 stars

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Wow! You have a way with words here! Maybe Brittainy is inspiring you? And I agree with everything!


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