I see us in a million montages--you and me, Ava, in a million vignettes. Visions of us.
You are beneath me. You stare up at me. You gaze, lovingly, into my eyes, and you do not look away as you come apart. I see this moment, over and over and over again...
You whisper something, as the shudders wrack you, yet the words you whisper are lost to me. I want those words--they mean everything.
What is it you whisper in the moment of our most intimate completion?
My name, surely.
What is it you whisper, Ava?
Please, tell me. Whisper those sounds to me again, even just once, I beg you.
Come to me, and come for me, and come with me: I will hear those sweet, dulcet syllables blooming from your lips and I will know myself, and I will know I am home.
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Memory is a harsh mistress: she embellishes the beautiful and serene, yet she also sharpens the edges of pain.
All I have left of my husband, Christian, is memory. Everything else is gone. Our son, Henry, conceived and cherished and born and grown in the fertile soil of our love...he is dead. He molders six feet under the black loam of a Florida cemetery. The home we created for ourselves, in Ft. Lauderdale, is a pile of rubble, demolished by a hurricane. That home, and everything in it, is utterly gone. Even the rubble, by now, is likely cleared away.
And all I know is, right now...I'm scared of letting myself grieve for Henry.
I'm scared I'll never find Christian. And if I never find Christian, what will I do?
Who will I be?
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There's No Place Like Home by Jasinda Wilder is the third book in The One Series and the conclusion to Ava and Christian's story. While book two, Where the Heart is; tells Delta and Jonny's story and can be read as a standalone - There’s No Place Like Home is not a stand alone, you must read The Long Way Home, book one, first. I strongly recommend to read the books in order. Ava and Christian have lost everything, their family, their home and themselves. Ava barely escaped a hurricane in Ft. Lauderdale and is now trying to put her life back together, somehow. Christian was severely injured and is stranded in Africa. All that both have now are memories. They are lost souls that suffered such unbearable loss, they're not only broken, they're shattered in million pieces. I knew reading this book would hurt, and oh boy did it hurt. I stuggle to find words to describe what the author and the characters did to me. This story gutted me, put me inside out and then it put me back together. There's No Place Like Home has it all—tension, angst, suspense and heartbreak. I've smiled, laughed, cried and was angry at some point (mostly I cried). It is not often I feel so connected to the characters, but Jasinda Wilder has accomplished just that. I can't express how much I love the story, the characters and the words. There's No Place Like Home is a heartwrenchingly and emotional read and I wouldn't miss it for the world. I highly, Highly recommend the book and the series and wish I could give more than 5 stars !!