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More Than We Can Tell – Brigid Kemmerer

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*While this book exists in the same universe as Letters to the Lost, it is a standalone title.*

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating 3.5 Stars

I want to preface this by saying that I LOVED Letters to the Lost – it was emotional and heartwarming and romantic. I finished it in one sitting and thought about it for days afterwards. It was one of the best YA contemporary novels I read last year. Because of that, I had huge expectations for Kemmerer’s follow up novel, especially considering how much I loved Rev in the first book. I can’t help but wonder if my love for Letters to the Lost impacted my views of More Than We Can Tell.

Now, if you’ve read Letters to the Lost, you’ll know that Kemmerer does not write lighthearted books. Sure, there is occasional humor, but for the most part her books deal with deep issues. Her characters are so well developed that it’s almost impossible not to emotionally connect with them. I felt an emotional connection with Rev from his first POV chapter. He was such an intriguing character in the first book that I was thrilled to learn he would be the MC in this book. He has an even more twisted past than I could have imagined, and worked through some really serious issues in this book.

Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same connection with Emma. I have to wonder if its because her issues seemed so small in comparison with Rev’s. I wanted to learn more about him and though I felt for Emma, Rev’s pain felt like it was on a whole other level. Honestly, days from now when I think back on this book, I won’t think of Emma’s character. I will think of Rev and his foster brother Matthew (who I think may be getting his own book next – YAY). They were characters that I felt for, that I wanted to hear more from. Emma was just a side character for me and that isn’t how you should feel about someone who is narrating half of the book.

That being said, I did enjoy the romance between Emma and Rev. Their chapters together was sweet and their budding relationship was so adorable. More Than We Can Know is a bit lighter on the romance than Kemmerer’s last book, but I didn’t find myself missing it as much as I thought I would. Honestly, I would have read the entire book from Rev’s POV with almost no romance at all and been content.

My Takeaway: Its hard to give a book a high rating when you fail to connect with a MC, but my connection with Rev was strong enough that I was able to give this book a 3.5 star rating. Be prepared to cry, this is not a light book. It deals with dark issues and real emotional turmoil. I hope that Kemmerer continues the series, I would love to learn more about Matthew, Rev’s new foster brother. Fortunately, it looked like he was itching for his own book. Fingers crossed!

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