Imagined Love took me on an emotional roller-coaster I was not prepared for. Diamond Drake paints a portrait of a dysfunctional upbringing: domestic violence, mental abuse, rape, absence of love, suicide, murder, and more. From the first chapter I was absorbed with the characters I loved, could tolerate, and then those I disliked. There were times when I became vocal (cheering or swearing) as if I was in the movies. An added bonus..it’s almost as if you received two books in one. In order to fully understand Jade, the author shares Willa’s story about her childhood and the drama filled marriage to Miles.
What child wants to hear their parents refer to them as “the mistake” or overhear conversations about what they life would have been like had it not been for… this is what Jade had to endure growing up. Willa and Miles Caldwell put their only surviving child through unwarranted turmoil because of their own regrets. Although her parents spoke the words of loving her, she often felt like a burden and thought about freeing them from their obligations. After a terrible tragedy, Jade’s view of life changed and she uproots from the only home she knows.
As an adult Jade’s desire to fulfill her fairytale love story intensified and caused her to look for love in all the wrong places. Relationship after relationship, she walked away feeling used and disgusted. As one part of her life became stable she ponders on if she will ever find “the one.” Jade breaks the cycle her grandmother and mother settled for, when she learned how to love herself. It paved the path to her reward that was closer than she could have imagined.
What can I say about the author’s writing skills besides, BRAVO! This is not your typical romance story but one that is realistic and relatable that will keep you captivated with all the twist and turns. If you are looking for a novel that is unpredictable pick up a copy, you will not be disappointed. There is a sequel available titled For the Love of Jade.
-Reviewed by LaMona