2:30 pm EDT, August 23, 2016

‘Show Me How’ book review: A fabulous and fitting end to the Thatch series

The last book in the Thatch series does not disappoint as Charlie and Deacon fight overwhelming odds and each other on their road to happily ever after in Show Me How.

This series will always have a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf. It’s not the sweet, easy reads that I’ve always gravitated toward, but rather a couple of deep, insightful stories centered around turning tragedy into hope.

Show Me How is all about Deacon and Charlie, and seeing how they find their way to each other despite everything around them trying to force them apart. I found it absolutely engrossing and burned my way through it at record speed. Molly McAdams worked her emotional magic yet again in this one, as she has in all of the Thatch novels before it.

About ‘Show Me How’:

After her first love was ripped from her grasp four years earlier, Charlie Easton was sure she would never be able to trust anyone with the shattered pieces of her heart again. That is, until Deacon Carver forces himself into her life, and makes those pieces swirl in chaos. But Charlie doesn’t know how to let him in… until a stranger stumbles upon a notebook filled with her innermost secrets, and shows her how.

Deacon Carver is known for sleeping his way through the town of Thatch, as well as the surrounding cities—something he used to take pride in. But that persona has haunted Deacon ever since he decided to leave that life behind for the girl he wants more than anything: Charlie Easton.

But when another girl falls into Deacon’s life, allowing him to be himself without judgment for his past, will their conversations hinder his relationship with Charlie … even if he’s never seen her?

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‘Show Me How’ book review’

I fell in love with Molly McAdams’ Thatch series a year or so ago when I picked up Letting Go and found myself crying through it for all the right reasons. Grey and Jagger’s story started the series off in a big way, and had me so excited to read the rest of these characters’ stories. The people that inhabit this series and the town of Thatch are relatable, insightful, and human in all the best and worst ways. To say I fell for them is putting it mildly.

Next was To the Stars, which gutted me, terrified me, and moved me in equal measure. That book is a romance reader’s survival course, as you experience the highest of highs and some truly frightening lows alongside Knox and Harlow. We had to wait for it, but after reading, it was clear the wait was more than justified. It was such a hard book to read, but the subject matter is so incredibly important and needed to be handled with the utmost care, especially in order to get Knox and Harlow to a much better place.

Finally, we get Show Me How, the final book in the Thatch series. Charlie and Deacon do not disappoint in any way, shape, or form. While Letting Go was about learning to love again, and To the Stars was about what love can conquer and endure, Show Me How is truly about learning what love is, and how it’s capable of changing your life.

Charlie had a very important role to play in the Thatch series as a whole, and I somehow knew that this series would end with her story. She is very much the heart and soul of this series, despite Grey being at the center of this group of characters. Charlie fought to move on after losing Ben, first to Grey, and then to death. She not only had to grieve his loss from the Earth, but she had to grieve him choosing to love someone else. That is no small feat, especially for someone whose emotional well being has been marginalized and pushed aside by the other main characters due to her age.

Deacon has always been the group’s token manwhore. While he and Graham may have fought for the title for a while there, Deacon always seemed to come out on top. It’s easy for characters to dismiss the promiscuous ones as nothing more than sexual deviants, and Deacon was no different until Show Me How. Despite him helping out and coming around to Harlow in To the Stars, he was largely thought of as “the one that will never change.”

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Both Charlie and Deacon proved everyone wrong throughout Show Me How. They made themselves heard and proved that they will not be brought down by the hardness of life. They each trudged long roads of self-discovery and turmoil to find each other, making their happiness the sweetest of all.

The struggles that Deacon and Charlie had to conquer to get where they are now are a large part of why Show Me How is such a satisfying read. We know just how far these characters had to go to get anywhere near any sort of happily ever after. Deacon and Charlie are survivors of their circumstances, survivors of people’s misconceptions of them, and survivors of their own prejudices.

I am truly distraught to have to say goodbye to this world (especially without actually seeing Graham’s happily ever after play out), but I’m glad that we were lucky enough to get three incredibly strong stories to hold onto. I will return time and time again to the world of Thatch, especially when I need to remember to keep fighting through whatever hardships life may throw my way. Grey, Jagger, Knox, Harlow, Charlie, Deacon, and all the rest will continue to inspire perseverance and love for a long time to come.

Show Me How is available now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, or find it at a local indie bookstore near you with Indiebound.

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