Thursday 21 January 2016

January Book Of The Month - Waiting For Wyatt

waiting for wyatt book cover

I said at the beginning of the year that I would be writing more personal book reviews, of ones that I've bought rather than just of ones sent to me. So I'm kicking things off with a review of SD Hendrickson's latest novel, Waiting For Wyatt. I really enjoyed The Mason List so this book was highly anticipated for me.

My name is Emma Sawyer.

I met Charlie and Wyatt on the same sultry, summer day. It was unexpected, leaving a feeling in the pit of my stomach like the time I drove too fast over Beckett Hill. The moment happened out of nowhere, all fast and quick and a little strange. Or maybe that was just Wyatt's personality.

It was Charlie that brought us together. Little Charlie with those ridiculous ears. I found the dog, waiting in a pool of his own blood. Waiting for someone. Waiting for me.

Now Wyatt, he wasn't waiting for anyone. At least that's what he said, except I saw something different in the broken guy all alone out in the woods. I knew he needed me before he knew it himself.

Wyatt with his hidden dimples. Wyatt with his warnings to stay away. He was a hard lump of coal, ready to burn everything around him. The more he burned, the more it pulled me into the pain I saw etched on his troubled face.

I wanted to help Wyatt. I wanted to save him like he had saved all the Charlies in the world. He told me not to fall for him, but I did anyway. I fell hard and fast and deeply in love with Wyatt Caulfield.

But that was before I knew his secret.

I think what drew me to this book in the first place was that it was a stand alone novel. There are so many books out there these days that are a part of a series and if I'm honest I hate waiting for subsequent books to come out.

The blurb of this book had me more than intrigued, the front cover gave nothing away but the story itself didn't disappoint. This is predominantly a love story. It follows the building of the relationship between Emma and Wyatt. Like most of us, both characters have things in their lives which they prefer to keep private, not necessarily a secret but not something they are willing to share with others at the drop of the hat.

Emma meets Wyatt when she rescues a dog from her abusive neighbour, Wyatt works at a dog shelter, looking after rescued dogs whilst they wait to be rehomed. The attraction between these two is almost instant, I know what you are thinking, good looking girl and good looking boy, it's all been done before, I'll be honest when I started reading I too thought this was going to be another cheesy romance but there is a depth within this story, one that is not to be looked over.

I didn't have instant liking to Wyatt, although he is described as good looking, he has what you would call a hard exterior, much like the front cover of the book he wasn't willing to give much away. Throughout the book I felt much more of a connection. Layers of complications were being peeled away and my emotions, much like Emma's were very much affected. You cannot help but feel for what Wyatt has been through.

Now this is a hard book to review as there is something within the story that I don't wish to reveal, I think it would more than spoil the story. There is a twist that I couldn't have guessed and it brings with it much pain and angst but also a real feeling of empathy.

This book is a romance but what I love is that the storyline about the rescue dogs isn't lost under the weight of it all. It ties in wonderfully and I think the dogs in some part are a reflection of what Wyatt is trying to gain throughout the story.

In the end this book is defnitely romantic and wonderfully so but it also endearing and heartfelt. The feelings within the pages are deep and meaningful and in the end totally won my heart. I would highly recommend others read it too.


  1. You've got me all intrigued and now I'm wondering what the twist could be :)


  2. I know what you mean about series of books. I want to move right onto the next book if there is going to be one and would rather read an older series which allowed for that to happen - too impatient to wait. The extract has made me interested in reading it.

  3. Ooh this sounds interesting. I cant join every week but glad to have joined you linky this week. Now I want to know the secret you haven't share about the book. I like the sound of rescued dogs. We have rescued dogs. Angela from Daysinbed

  4. This sounds like an interesting book, I have never heard of this one before. I plan on reading more this year too xx

  5. It sounds like a great book, as much as I love a good love story I like their to be something else to read too. I'll pop it in my Goodreads list now xx

  6. This sounds like a lovely book. I like the idea of reviewing your personal choices as well as ones you've been sent - makes it a more personal recommendation. #ReadWithMe

  7. It sounds like a great read, I'll have to add it to my list. Thanks for your great review. #ReadWithMe

  8. Looks like a great read, One I have not heard of before xx

  9. I love the idea of a twist which you can't guess. I'm getting fed up of reading books where I guess what is going to happen. I guess it can't be helped when you read a lot but I am getting a bit disheartened that there is nothing original out there anymore.

  10. ooooh this sounds like an interesting book to read!

  11. This sounds like an interesting one! It is sometimes hard to review a book without giving the twist away, but always important to avoid giving it away!


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