5 stars The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros is a beautifully written, heartfelt read with characters that touched my heart with their story. From the first page I was drawn in, the storyline line is entertaining, emotional, funny and full of swoony moments. I loved watching Morgan and Jackson together, I enjoyed their friendship and I loved the interaction between them and Jackson's adorable daughter Finley. Morgan is one of those characters that will stay with me for a longtime, she's strong, passionate, funny and someone I would love to call my friend. Watching her battle her fears and demons had me wanting to reach into my iPad to cuddle her and just be there for her. There was one scene that truly broke my heart. I felt her pain, I felt her anger and I felt her heartbreak. Damn I'm teary up now reliving it :( I loved Jackson, he's a dedicated father, smart, a great friend and a man who loves with all his heart. I loved watching him get to know Morgan, he sensed her pain and knew he had to take baby steps with her. He felt the special connection they shared and together they could get through anything life threw their way. And I loved how not once did he stop loving her, she pushed hard but his heart was always hers. Another major plus was revisiting with all the previous characters and seeing how life has been and what they're all up to now. I can't express how much I loved The Reality of Everything, it's a book that will touch your heart and take you on an emotional roller coaster but the ride is soooo worth it. The Reality of Everything is a wonderful addition to the Flight & Glory series, each book has been a joy to read and I highly recommend them all!
4.5 stars — I was so afraid of starting this book, b/c I remember how Hallowed Ground had slayed me. I couldn’t even bring myself to reread the series before reading this one, b/c the emotions just hit home so hard. But as a result of not rereading, I feel like I can confirm that you can read this book as a stand-alone. You’re going to want to fill in the details, but you won’t be lost (though I still recommend starting from the beginning). And I guess I was right to be afraid of the emotions, b/c they certainly tore my heart apart on multiple occasions…but the great thing is that the book put my heart back together in the end. The seriously in depth look we get at a different form of grief in Morgan was honest and raw. I’d never heard of complicated grief before, but I totally understand it in Morgan’s context. And her anxiety attacks were so unbelievably realistic, I felt them to my core. If you want to understand even a glimpse of anxiety, Morgan will show you. The funny thing is that I totally saw where this book was going to go in a few plot points…some from the beginning, some just fairly early on when things were talked about. But it didn’t bother me, b/c while I could guess the events, I could not experience the emotions that went along with them without Ms. Yarros’s words. She has a way of just getting down to the heart of things and making the reader experience everything the characters are experiencing. So while I knew what was coming in a broad sense, I did not know how it was going to feel…what it was going to do to Morgan and Jackson. Jackson felt almost too good to be true at times, but all the same I just didn’t care. He wasn’t without faults, but he was freaking swoony as heck in his strengths. For the most part he was kind, gentle, understanding. He was a wonderful father to Finley, you could feel him doing his best. He faltered, he made missteps, but he was willing to learn from them and become the man Morgan would need. Morgan had such an unbelievable journey in this story. Even when my heart ached at her choices, I always understood them based on where she was at. And I knew that good things would come, b/c I could see the potential for growth in Morgan, even if she couldn’t. I was fascinated by how Ms. Yarros took a group of characters that I’ve grown to love (even with their flaws), and showcased how these lovable caring people can make missteps and blunders. She really laid everyone out bare. But I think it made their friendships stronger in the end. I adored the role Sam had in this story. She was a rock for Morgan, and I loved it. Don’t get me wrong, this book was not all heartache…it just had a lot of it. But as a romance, it was freaking stellar. The chemistry between Morgan and Jackson was off the charts, and I was with them every step of the way as they got to know one another and fell for one another. So yeah. It was everything I was wanting and more. It was the perfect cap on this series, the ending that I *needed*…especially after Hallowed Ground.
Barbara J Murray
Never not ever have I finished a book and wanted to immediately turn to the first page and start it again NEVER!!! I don’t even know how to begin to write this review. This story flowed brilliantly. Jackson and Morgan were incredible characters along with the real star of the book Finley (Jackson’s daughter). Sam’s friendship and support to Morgan was everything!! Going back to one of my favorite series was a thrill beyond belief!! This author completely and totally outdid herself in this story, the final book in The Flight and Glory series. Her storytelling shined brilliantly!! The details in this book no matter what she was writing about blew me away. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book but there were several scenes that had me on nearly holding my breath. When the pin was pulled on Morgan's pent up anger. That scene was so well written Lord have mercy, I literally felt like I was there. Morgan’s panic attacks were written so realistic, her fear is paralyzing. And the big event near the end outstanding details, I didn’t even breath while reading that one!! Loved revisiting the original crew, and getting to know the new characters Sawyer and Garrett! The epilogue was incredible, 2 years out and gave us a peek into the window of each of the couple's lives. Do yourself a favor pick up this book and if you haven’t started this series what the heck are you waiting on!! Best Book of 2020 hands down!!!