Wow… the last book of the Choisie series.
This is the moment I’m always dreading when it comes to reading. You know… the moment you realize that yeah, you’ll be able to read that book or series as many times as you want but you’ll never get to read it for the first time again. *sigh* I know I’m going to miss Livvy and Jon and Emi and Trey and Jack. I’ll come back to them though, I’m sure of that. But for now… I’m sad it’s over!
Lori gave me the opportunity to read Livvy and I am so, so grateful for it. I hope she knows how much this series means to me <3 all of her books are heartwarming and beautiful and they’ve always gotten to me in a way others haven’t. They’re special and each of them has its own way of being one of a kind.
Livvy is the fourth (and last) book of the Choisie series. As you may remember, Jon and Liv had broken up by the end of book two and in Dear Jon, we got to see Jon’s struggle to find his way back to the life he dreamt and wanted. The previous books are all about the obstacles life usually throws at you to see how much you’re willing to do to be with the ones you love and be who you want to be. This one though, is all about resolutions, promises, life and love. Livvy is all about making amends, fixing what needed to be fixed, and working hard to get what she wants out of life. This book was about Livvy making some decisions that would get her to where she wanted to be, with the people she wanted to be with.
I don’t know if it’s just me or if you guys share my thoughts on this.. but I’ve always felt like this series is so much more than just a romance novel. At the end of the day, I’ve always thought these books are about one girl growing up and making mistakes and learning from them and becoming the beautiful and wonderful person that she is now. Love is a huge part of the story, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve never felt it’s the main theme. And that’s one of the reasons I love this series as much as I do. It’s refreshing to read something that not only entertains you but also allows you to grow with the characters.
Livvy and Jon highlight the best parts of each other, no matter if they’re a thousand miles or just a few inches apart, as long as they’re together. They make each other a better person and that just makes me happy.
Olivia Sophia Holland. It’s amazing how much she’s learned since book one. It feels like I read Contessa so long ago, because so much has happened since then… In Contessa, she was the girl who wanted to do everything on her own, she didn’t need anyone other than Jon so she pushed everyone who cared about her away. In Olivia, we met a more mature teenager, but she still had some growing up to do. She understood things differently and thought things twice before acting on, but still… some mistakes had to be made. In Dear Jon… well, we didn’t actually see her, but it’s impossible not to notice that she was changing. Olivia wasn’t that little girl anymore. She was accepting her mistakes and not only that, but taking her responsibilities. She was hurting, but she took that and transformed it into something beautiful. In this book, she’s the woman we were all hoping she would be. She’s not a kid anymore. She’s not selfish, she’s not spoiled, she’s the kind of girl that thinks before she acts and not only that, but she thinks about others and their feelings before she does anything that might hurt them, and that’s amazing. I’ve seen her grow, I’ve seen her change and I’ve seen her love, and I’m happy to say that I’m proud :).
One of the things I love most in this book are Livvy and Jack’s conversations. Either via a phone call or in person… each of them holds a special place in my heart. I love how their relationship has turned out to be.
“Daddy, I would be lost without you. Absolutely lost. And no other father, nor career path, no distance, no boyfriends would ever make up for what I’d lost if I hurt you.”
Jon. Jon Augustus Scott. I am deeply in love with you! I love how honest and respectful and considerate and smart he is. I love that he’s one of those guys that will accept when he made a mistake and do whatever to fix it. I love how he’s able to recognize true beauty and happiness and cling to it with all he has. He’s one of my favorite book boyfriends and I’m so sad I have to let him go, even if it’s just for now. Through the books, he’s made some mistakes but now he’s willing to do whatever it takes to fix them and redeem himself in Livvy’s eyes… and he couldn’t have gotten there in a more perfect time than when he arrived back into Livvy’s life. I’m so grateful about that. I wasn’t expecting him to come this early but when he did… I just thought it was the perfect moment. I love this guy to death. He knows exactly what to say and when to say it. He’s learned, over time, that he needs to help Livvy make her own decisions and do what she needs to do for herself. He’s always seen Livvy as this beautiful and intelligent girl, but now… I feel like now he sees her like his equal, not that he ever saw her as inferior to him, but… now he sees a beautiful young woman, decided to fight for what she wants.
“You’re the moon and the sun, Olivia. I’ve seen both in you, and right now, I can’t tell which one I love more.
You’re my universe. You encompass me.
My heaven and my earth.
Lori, thank you so much for that last chapter. I’ve told you a thousand times by now that this one was my favorite. Thank you for making me cry, yet again. You’ve managed to do the impossible with him. I feel an amazing sense of respect and admiration towards Jack. He’s the kind of dad every girl wants and should have. Not because he’s wealthy, but because he does everything he can to make his family happy, to protect them and to make sure they have everything. I love him (yes, I’m saying that publicly), but it’s impossible not to and that last chapter just broke my heart and put it back together.
This book was the perfect ending to this amazing story. I absolutely adored everything about it. The love, the respect, the admiration every character felt towards the other was just perfect. Even thought this is the last book of this series, I’m sure it won’t be the last book I read by Lori Otto. This woman is a genius. She creates wonderful characters and her stories always, always, will take a huge space in your heart because you can’t help but fall in love with every single character.
“I don’t think I knew how to support you without carrying you, but I’ve figured it out. I will stand next to you, Liv. I’ll encourage you. I’ll listen. I will be here for you. I regret that I wasn’t.”
This is the fourth and final book of the Choisie series and it was like a decadant dessert after a satisfying meal. It was the perfect finish to an amazing journey with these characters who I feel like I know on a personal, intimate level. They feel like family and I’ll miss them very much.
This is what Lori Otto excels at- character development. There is no detail left out because she knows these characters inside and out. They seem to jump off the page, and I almost expect to look at the tabloids in the grocery store and see Livvy and Jon splashed on the front cover. Lori has breathed life into her characters in a way that many authors struggle to do. She does it so effortlessly, so easily and I really admire her for that.
It’s amazing to see how much Olivia has grown in this series. I remember reading Contessa and immediately disliking her. She was naive, spoiled, and a brat to be honest. She was a typical teenaged girl, who just happened to grow up in a prominent family and at the time, she didn’t appreciate any of it. Thankfully throughout the course of this series, she began to change and evolve into a beautiful, amazing woman who knows who she is and where she belongs.
“You are my soul mate, by my definition: the person without whom my soul will not rest.”
Then there’s Jon, who I’ve liked from the very beginning, but I was unsure if he was the right fit for Olivia. With each book in the series, I grew to love him. Dear Jon gave us amazing insight into his character, letting us get to know him on a more person level which I really enjoyed. Then in Livvy, he proved to be the man I always knew he could be.
This book was everything I hoped for and more. Lori did an excellent job of wrapping up the series with a big giant red bow on top. I’m sad to see this series end, but look forward to reading what Lori has in store next. I hope that one day she will revisit these characters, but in the mean time, I’ll keep them close to my heart.
“Look at us now. Forgiveness happened. Empathy. A new understanding. We grew. As individuals we grew.”