The Wonder Within by Gwen Martin

THE WONDER WITHIN is the prequel novella to the Collective series coming from Gwen Martin, and wow am I here to see what emotions she can draw out in a full-length story. With tragedy, two friends who grew apart get their second chance at changing so many lives around them.

From the blurb:

Honoring their friend brought them back together. Will love and a common goal keep them there?

Four years ago, Leon fled Knoxville with a broken heart and swore he’d never come back. But when his best friend dies tragically, he finds himself face to face with a place he’d just as soon forget, and the man he left behind.

As a teacher, Toryn knows how much the community needs a facility like The Collective. But bringing his dead best friend’s legacy to life is complicated. Working with Leon makes it even harder. Toryn never thought he’d see the man who walked away from him again.

Together, Leon and Toryn have just three weeks to get The Collective ready to welcome the community. Building something from a clean slate should be easy. But rebuilding what is broken between them will be the hardest thing they’ve ever done.

Molly Otto's Review:

Well, if a novella can pack that much of a wallop, I'm slightly terrified and fully intrigued by what the Collective series will bring to us. Be warned the events may be triggering but from sorrow can bring light for those who thought they lost it for good. 

Leon & Toryn made mistakes by not being open to the other choices, causing them to lose four years together as well as time with their friend Jon. With Jon's passing, these two need to face their past and move on to be happy and start something beautiful. 

I can't wait to see what the Collective brings to us in future full-length tales

Rating: 5 Stars

The Wonder Within is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.