The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) by Jessica Sorensen
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2012
Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.
I cannot believe how much I loved this story, though I shouldn’t be surprised since I’ve enjoyed every book that I’ve read by Jessica Sorensen. She is incredibly talented and The Secret of Ella and Micha is just exceptional. This story had so many fascists that I found myself loving the characters and wanting to know more about what made them tick.
Ella is totally relatable, I don’t know one person who can honestly say that they haven’t tried to reinvent themselves or start fresh somewhere new like Ella does when she leaves eight months prior to the first chapter of the story. Not only does she leave behind her broken family life, a troubled past, and friends, but she leaves behind Micha, the most important person in her life.
Someone she doesn’t exactly like to admit is as important as he is, something else we can all relate to. After learning more about Ella and her life, I felt terrible for her. Sorensen did an amazing job of building this character who was independent and emotionally damaged, but most of all I really enjoyed seeing Ella work through things and seeing her finally letting Micha in.
I love Micha; if he wasn’t a fictional character I’d want my very own. He spent so much time looking for Ella after she took off without telling anyone where she was going. Their reunion was intense. And when Ella finally got back to town with her friend Lila trouble emerged. From the second they stepped foot into town until they decided to part ways with Micha and Ethan things were rough.
Ella’s old life reared its ugly head, but in doing so she was finally able to face some things that she hadn’t been able to before, allowing her and Micha to finally get over that last barrier between them. I don’t want to give too much away, at least nothing big, but I have to say there’s a total “Grease” moment near the end of the book that made me grin like a fool.
This book was awesome and I loved how close Micha and Ella where and how they bonded over their families and situations, but most of all how they worked at overcoming things together. I seriously want to draw pink fluffy hearts around those two. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series. It’s definitely worth checking out!
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives with her husband and three kids in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.