Release Date: August 9th 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.
Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?
I knew as soon as I'd picked this up and had read the first entry of the story 'All The Roads Between Us' which is the book that has been written about our main character Emiline that I was going to fall in love with this book, especially after crying in the first chapter, reading any story that involves kids who are poor, don't have food and live in an unstable and abusive home situation always gets to me, it pulls at the heart strings and I end up shedding a few tears here and there.
The concept for this story was such a fantastic idea, discovering that your childhood friend and first love that you haven't seen in quite a few years has written a book about your lives written from your perspective, this is one of the most intriguing ideas for a book I've read in quite some time.
Like most people our heroine Emeline after starting this book is seeing red she is mad, and it's bringing back memories she has tried so hard to forget, she and Jason were inseparable, the only friends one another had, living in the only two houses on a dirt road that led to nothing but misery and heartache, the only thing that kept each other going was each other, raised by single parents who were more interested in their addictions to alcohol and drugs to care about their children, Emeline and Jason dreamed of the time when they could finally escape and get away from the bleak hopelessness their lives had become.
The idea that we see how their childhood and teenage lives occured through Jason's book was really well done, how they became separated for 12 years after trying so hard to stay together as teenagers was sad and left me an emotional mess, I can always tell how good a book has been written by how much emotion you can wrangle out of a reader and trust me Renee got a whole lot of tears out of me while reading Swear On This Life, and while this should have been a one sit read for me I had to take a few breaks in-between to just take it all in.
I just absolutely adored this book, an emotion charged love story that you won't soon forget, the writing will keep you enraptured and so desperately hoping that these two will somehow find their way back to one another.
Another brilliant story from Renee that will leave you hanging for her next release, no matter what it's about I want a copy!
I give this 5/5 stars.
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women's novels and new adult fiction. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.