Synopsis from Goodreads
A love story will be rewritten in this heartfelt romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
Ophelia Bishop was a lovestruck teenage girl when she and Kyle Kimpton chased their dreams to Hollywood. Kyle’s dreams came true. Ophelia’s did not. When Kyle chose his career over their relationship, Ophelia returned home to rural New York to run the family’s B & B—wiser, and more guarded against foolish fantasies. Now Kyle has come crashing back into her life, and all her defenses are down.
Kyle can’t think of a better place to write his latest screenplay than his hometown. After all, that was where he met the heart of his inspiration—his first love. He knows the damage he’s caused Ophelia, and he wants a chance to mend their relationship. If anyone can prove to Ophelia that happy ever afters aren’t only for the movies, it should be him.
As much as Ophelia’s changed, she still has feelings for Kyle. But her heart has been broken before, and she knows that Kyle could run back to Hollywood at any time. She gave up her dreams once, but maybe she can dare to change her own love story…one last time.
I’m probably going to take a completely different viewpoint to most people because as I so often point out reading is subjective. The thing that hit me the most while reading A Brand New Ending was the relatability of traits in Kyle to my own children, both being a child of an alcoholic parent. Notably, it is their drive to succeed and carve their own path away, the quest for acceptance and validation they didn’t receive from their parent. However, I have to point out Kyle has other factors such as losing his mother during childbirth and having the Bishop family as a support system that also shaped him as a person.
Kyle and Ophelia were close from an early age, with Kyle being their neighbour and her brother. Ethan’s best friend. As they matured so their relationship altered to become more than just friends although they kept this part hidden from their family due to the closeness of the connection between their relatives. Kyle always dreamed of escaping his abusive father and making a name for himself with his writing, specifically focused on screenplays. His pull towards Hollywood growing stronger with each passing year. While Ophelia was a gifted singer she did not crave the spotlight and validation in the same way as Kyle. She did love Kyle enough to follow him wherever he wanted to go.
As soon as they graduated high school Kyle and Ophelia took off for Hollywood and promising each other their love and support along the way. Unfortunately, Kyle’s career dreams soon overshadowed their relationship leaving Ophelia lonelier than she had ever been in her life. The fake quality of life in La-La Land also took it’s toll on Ophelia making her reconsider her career choices. Feeling completely overwhelmed Ophelia retreats to her hometown and the life she treasured before even though she felt as if she left her heart with Kyle.
Skip forward 10 years and Kyle is back in town to reconnect with his missing muse in order to write his latest script. Ophelia’s family are unaware of the relationship between herself and Kyle or why her singing dreams crashed and burned. With Kyle back in town and staying at her guest house, Kyle and Ophelia are able to use this opportunity to find the closure they have been searching for, for the past decade.
I completely loved the way in which both sides of the story were presented from differing viewpoints, all the pieces clicking together to create the big picture and providing a deeper level of understanding not just for the reader but for Kyle and Ophelia themselves. being able to see the other person’s point of view allowed them to accept their own failures with respect to their relationship.
There is a lot of reflection within the pages of A Brand New Ending helping work through past regret and future dreams. Ophelia and Kyle belong together, neither experiencing the kind of connection they shared with anyone else. Although their vastly different lifestyles and locations remain a barrier to their relationship.
I completely adored the use of the adage ‘what is meant to be will be’ as that is exactly how A Brand New Ending played out, with each character growing and developing while accepting the challenges they face as a unit and accepting new opportunities as they arise 💕💘 It provides the kind of hope that gets you through the day x