Weather-obsessed Bella finds Edward’s journal, leading her on a trip down memory lane. Back then, Edward had run away, hoping to find a new purpose. Bella couldn’t wait for her chance to escape, sure she knew what she wanted. Neither one expected this.
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I’m thrilled to be writing this review for My Beautiful Storm. As a fan of Troublefollows’s other stories, I couldn’t wait for this one to be completed so I could read it. I knew it would be good but I was actually blown away by MBS. The story starts in the future with our favourite couple already living together and happy and then is gorgeously told in flashbacks, after Bella discovers Edward’s secret journal.
She opens it and a little note flutters out…
When I met you, I never imagined the impact you would have on my life. I didn’t even really like you the first time we spoke. You were definitely not part of my big plan. I was running away. I was going to find my true happiness. What I didn’t know was I found it that day at the beach. Hiding behind the most beautiful eyes I had ever seen and a know-it-all attitude was the person with whom I will spend the rest of my life.
Feeling guilty, she sneakily starts reading little extracts from the journal. Bella is soon transported back to her last year of High School, to when she met Edward after he moves to Forks to live with his aunt and uncle.
At the start of each chapter Bella reads a little of Edward’s Journal and gets some insight into how Edward was feeling at the time. As MBS is told entirely by Bella, this is such a clever way to give the reader the always longed for Edward point of view without rehashing the whole chapter.
So we get…
Tomorrow is the first day of school. I wonder if Aunt Esme will let me go to school if I throw up. I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous and, considering some of the things I have done in my life, that’s saying something. I hope I have at least one or two classes with Bella. I can’t stop thinking about her. Every time Emmett comes over, he talks about her. I imagine seeing her in the hallway and saying hello. I’ve even fantasized about walking with her to class, maybe even holding her hand. I am such a loser. I have to be careful not to come off like some kind of stalker. My first day of school. Ever. God help me.
The rest of the chapter is then dedicated to Bella’s version of events that day. And so we go on through the story.
We know there’s no real angst…they end up together…so why bother reading? Where is the drama? Is there any point? Well…yes, because their journey is still interesting and compelling and questions still need to be answered. For example; why did Edward move from Chicago in his senior year to live with his aunt and uncle, Esme and Carlisle. Why does he hate talking about his life before moving to Forks. As for Bella, she never planned on falling in love in her senior year. She just wanted to get through HS and leave for Cornell to study Meteorology. Does she make it there? What happens to Edward if she leaves to go to the other side of the country? Does she get her dream job chasing storms? There’s more of course, I just don’t want to spoil you.
In the wrong hands this fic could have been a cheesy, fluffy and predictable story. But it wasn’t. It surprised me the whole way through. It’s beautifully written and is full of love and passion and heart. I simply adored reading about how Edward and Bella fell in love.
As a bonus, all the other characters in this fabulous story are well rounded and real and there’s even a five year old Jake that I challenge anyone not to fall in love with. He has eyes for his babysitter Bella and hilariously sounds exactly like canon Jake when he’s being petulant and jealous of Edward.
So…just another High School fic? No..this is an incredible love story. Go read it!
I absolutely loved reading this story and it unfailingly made me smile to see an update pop up in my inbox. It begins as all romances do with a meeting between a boy and a girl. The boy is an unhappy, runaway musical genius and the girl is smart and a fountain of odd weather facts that pop out of her mouth whenever she’s nervous. And, oh, Edward, beautiful boy makes her very, very nervous a lot.
The story is told through flashbacks from high school to post college by Bella finding and sneakily reading Edward’s journal. Their meeting is not auspicious.
I looked up and saw someone I did not recognize. He was shirtless, which really had nothing to do with anything but for some reason was the main thing my brain focused on. He was tall and well-built. He wasn’t too muscular like Emmett. He was leaner, but you could tell he worked out. Not that any of that mattered either. He had hair that wasn’t brown or red but something in between, and it was in complete disarray on top of his head. He was also breathtakingly beautiful. Being beautiful didn’t make him any less of a jerk, though.
“Were you trying to throw the ball at us or do you just have really bad aim?” I asked, ignoring his pretty face and his bright green eyes and his chiseled jaw and his tanned chest.
“I overshot it a little, I guess, but you have to admit that was a pretty amazing catch,” he replied with some weird lopsided grin.
No apology. Nice.
“A little? More like a lot.”
“If it had been off by a lot then Emmett wouldn’t have been able to catch it. So, it must have been only off by a little.”
“It was off by a lot.”
“A little.” He crossed his arms across his chest, making his forearms look really, really big.
“A lot,” I continued to argue because the size of his arms was not going to distract me from being right.
Their budding romance is sweet and hot and totally heartwarming. There is very little angst and a completely perfect ending to this music and weather-related tale between a brilliant young musician and his weather girl. Go read!!
I love this story so much. Though there are certainly angsty moments, the fun and overwhelming love that Bella and Edward have for each other make it totally worth it. I love the clever way that troublefollows gives us EPOV without having to be repetitive. I love all the other characters, including Jake and Emmett. I think this is one of my favorite Bellas, and it’s definitely one of my favorite Edwards.
I’m sick. I have a serious, for real illness. Sometimes in class, I stare at Bella’s lips the whole damn period. Every time I look at her, every time we’re alone, all I want to do is kiss her. It’s an overwhelming feeling. It’s so strong that I have to believe she can feel it too. It has to be written all over my face. How can it not be? I have never wanted something so badly in my entire life. We’re going to Jessica’s party tomorrow night and I am going to kiss her. I have to because if I don’t, I am going to die. I don’t think I can be more clear about this.
It’s sweet and sexy. Funny and serious. Well-written and just great. This is a must-read. I just know that you’re going to love it!
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