Title: The Fight For Us
Author: Elizabeth Finn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14 2014
When Isaiah moves his teenage daughter Natalie to a new town, there is little doubt he’s running away from the past. But what should have been a fresh start for them ends up fraught with pain and heartache when Natalie becomes the victim of intense bullying at her new school.
When Joss is called to a meeting with the high school principal to discuss her daughter Harper’s involvement in the bullying of a new student, she’s shocked to say the least. Her daughter can’t possibly be that child.
It’s a rocky start for Joss and Isaiah as they try to set their daughters on the right path. But there is more to Joss’s and Isaiah’s connection than just two teenage girls. Joss’s and Isaiah’s attraction to one another is undeniable, regardless of their fractious start. But his soul is broken, and as much as he’s drawn to her, he’s equally terrified of what that means.
Is Isaiah strong enough to let her get close to him?
Life sometimes forces you to make those choices whether you’re ready to or not. And when Joss’s life is turned upside down, Isaiah has to decide if he’s ready to leave his past behind and live again, or if he’s going to watch what he’s come to care so much for slip away. Isaiah’s fight is profound. Joss’s is too. And their strength to withstand it all is brutally tested.
Sometimes the willingness to fight for another is all a person has left to give. And sometimes the fight is the most important gift of all.
“Sometimes the willingness to fight for another is all a person has left to give. And sometimes the fight is the most important gift of all.”
The Fight For Us by Elizabeth Finn is a book about two individuals, each broken in their own right, and how they learn to move on from the past, learn to love again and learn how to stand up and fight once again. This book is a painful yet beautiful journey about life and love which tackles some heavy issues such as bullying, domestic violence and suicide. At the heart of the matter though was a heart-warming tale of a second chance at love. I loved it!
Thirty-six year old Jocelyn Verna (a.k.a. Joss) is not proud of the choices she has been forced to make since divorcing her abusive ex but she is bound and determined to protect her fourteen year old daughter from his involvement in her life. When Joss is called one afternoon to the principal’s office at the school her daughter attends she is shocked at the fact that her daughter is a participant in the bullying of a new student at the school. There is no way her daughter would be a bully towards anyone. Would she? Dealing with this situation is the last thing Joss needs in life. Things at work are tough and her ex his making his presence known more and more. Now you can throw in teaching her daughter all about the consequences of bullying and apologizing profusely to the father of the girl who was bullied into the mixed hat that seems to sum up Joss’ messed up life.
Forty-two year old Isaiah Henry has recently moved to a new town to start over with his fourteen year old daughter. A fresh start is exactly what they both need, being somewhere far away from the memories that still haunt them. When his daughter becomes a victim of some serious bullying at her new school, Isaiah is not only vehemently angry but is left questioning whether he made the right choice in moving to a small town. Is the answer to stay and fight or pick up and leave once again seeking out another town to be the safe haven for him and his daughter?
Isaiah and Joss meet under dire and tension-filled circumstances on two sides of the fence. Despite Joss’ profuse apologies for the behavior of her daughter, Isaiah is not exactly ready to be friendly with the beautiful brunette even if there is an undeniable attraction between the two of them. As Joss tries her best to make amends for her daughter’s abhorrent behavior, Isaiah can’t help but soften towards her. Further, as the connection between Joss and Isaiah grows stronger, the road to beginning something new with each other is a rocky one as both are plagued by complicated pasts that have left them both broken and damaged. Joss and Isaiah learn quickly that if there is any chance that a relationship between them is going to work they are going to have to learn to fight for it. Fight against the past. Fight against the obstacles that stand in their way. Fight for their family. The odds may be stacked against them but sometimes when the path to a forever kind of love is bumpy and fraught with worries and difficulties the victory at the end is so much sweeter.
“I’m falling in love with you. You should know that.” His voice was serious and calm, but her heart sped.
She smiled. “Good. Because I’m pretty sure I’m long past the falling part and well into the love part.”
This book is truly a beautiful story about two individuals who decide that what they share is worth fighting for. Sometimes life has a way of forcing your hand. Isaiah may have been dealing with leaving his past behind him but when push came to shove he realized that Joss was his future and he would do anything to spend the remainder of his days with her as a family. Further, it took Isaiah to make Joss understand how truly worthy she was, that she was someone worth fighting for and believing in. She had to learn to value herself before she could fully allow Isaiah into her heart and soul. It may have been an uphill battle for them all the way to happiness, but Isaiah and Joss prove to themselves and to each other that they were stronger as a unit more so than standing alone. Together they could uphold one another. Together they could stand strong.
All in all, The Fight For Us was yet another novel by Elizabeth Finn chalk full of her brilliant writing powers. This book had me feeling deeply and by the end I was left completely satiated. The ups and downs, the tears and the laughter, and the depth of love felt by the hero and heroine for each other all make this book truly shine. A journey truly worth experiencing. I highly recommend this one.