Dear reader of Lost and Found,
If you’re one of the readers who pushed through and continued on with the series, this letter is not for you.
This letter is intended for the countless readers who say they’re too sad to keep reading after they finish Lost and Found.
Semi Spoiler-Alert Below
I can totally appreciate where you’re at. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write Time Stands Still, and my friends had to endure weeks of actual depression while I faced Emi’s journey with her. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever written, but after the first few chapters, you start to cheer for Emi. You start to hope that she can get past the shock and sadness. You meet other people that not only give Emi hope, but they give you hope, as well.
I can accept that there are people who won’t read on because they flat-out didn’t like the book, or they didn’t like Nate, or they didn’t believe the relationship between Emi and Nate. I’m not trying to convince those people to keep going. This is meant for the people who Nate won over in the first book. You have an emotional attachment to him, and that’s why you can’t move on. But a few days ago, you didn’t know who Nate was at all. In a few hundred pages, I not only introduced a flawed hero to you, but I also convinced you to love him–or at least like him so much that you don’t want to let go.
If I–as an author–was able to do that, why not have a little faith that I can heal that pain you’re feeling? There are people who’ve read the entire series and still choose Nate, and that’s fine. The good thing about them is that they’re happy with the ending regardless, and feel like what happened was right for Emi in the end. You may not really understand Emi right now… you only knew her through Nate, but I encourage you to get to know her. She’s a woman just like you and me. She has good days and bad ones. Yes, she has a struggle ahead of her, but there is happiness in her future. You may not believe it any more than she does–but it’s true, and it happens.
Another man is introduced later in the series, but Emi is not forced to move on. She has a choice. But he’s a good man, a gentleman who knows about Emi’s past. He wants to help her. He has to convince her to give him a chance… which is what I’m trying to do to you. Please, give me a chance to make this right!
This series is called Emi Lost & Found because it is her life that we follow. I decided to go a slightly different route and introduce the guys as narrators, because it’s the only way you can know for certain their true feelings for the woman they love. Sure, Emi could have narrated the whole thing, but you wouldn’t have that bond with Nate that you do now. You would have only seen his misguided attempts at romance from Emi’s point of view. You wouldn’t have lived his love like you did. You would have missed out on so much.
Please don’t stop at Nate’s version of events. There is so much more of the story waiting to be told! I believe in Happily Ever After, I do. If you do, too–if that’s what you were looking for–then please see this through to the end. You will mourn, but you will celebrate victories big and small, too. And even if you learn to like the other hero better, you never have to let go of Nate. He can stay with you forever.