America Mason, a sassy undergrad at Eastern State University, is in love with a Maddox--Shepley Maddox. Unlike his cousins, Shepley is more lover than fighter, but a road trip to her parents' home in Wichita, Kansas could mean the next step, or the end of everything.
As much as I love the other heroines of the series, I’ve always held a special place for America. She’s been this fierce little firecracker since the moment we were introduced to her, and that trait has never wavered. We see a whole lot of that in Something Beautiful, but we also see a little bit of a vulnerable side to her. It showed readers that she was human with insecurities and made her more real in my eyes. I’m also now pretty much sold on the fact that Shepley doesn’t get enough credit as a book boyfriend! I freaking fell in love with him in this novella! He was tenacious, vulnerable, strong-willed, and simply put, a Maddox through and through.
“I never stay lost for long. I can always find my way back to you.”
I think what set Something Beautiful apart from the other novels in the series is that America and Shepley weren’t trying to kindle a relationship. They were fighting so hard to maintain a love they both knew in their hearts was there. Despite issues arising, miscommunication, and even a lack of conversation at times, neither wanted to give up hope. That message is so strongly appropriate in a world where we are so quick to throw away what means the most to us when it gets hard. Something Beautiful was a short read, but one I loved getting lost in. Their story isn’t always beautiful, but they both learn that their love IS something beautiful to cherish. I can say without a doubt that Jamie McGuire’s writing just keeps getting better and better!