Swear on This Life by Renée Carlino

swear on this life

“If you can surrender to the idea that there might be a plan, instead of reducing every magical moment to a coincidence, then love will find you.”

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Fiction – Romance

Goodreads Summary

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

“It’s impossible to really hate someone if you don’t love them at least a little.”


This one has been on my TBR for way too long and I’m so thankful I was in a reading slump because it ended up being the reason I picked up this book! Thanks to the awesome Jen (@mamajustwantstoread) for letting me know this would get me out of a slump. She was so right!

This book was everything! It will no doubt be in my top books I’ve read in 2019! I’m writing this immediately after finishing it so I’m still very caught up in all the emotions. I adored this story more than I can say! It was extremely captivating and unputdownable—two of my favorite things for books to be! I finished this within 24 hours of starting it, if that tells you anything. And I still had to adult and am not an especially fast reader.

This book reminded me a little of Love and Other Words—such an amazing book! Check out my review for that here. While it had some slight similarities, Swear on This Life was still so different from anything I’ve ever read. I really enjoyed that there was a story told within the story. The two different storylines are done so well! It was sweet and heartbreaking at the same time. Be prepared for all the feels!

If you haven’t read this one yet, I cannot recommend it highly enough! Pick it up ASAP!

I can’t wait to read more by Renée Carlino! You can find my review for another one of her books here.

Author Renée Carlino’s website

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