I received an ARC of this book. All thoughts are 100% my own.
Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year of high school ended in a fiasco. But now her father needs help, and Cambri has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and heads home, hoping against hope that Jace Sutton is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.
If only life worked that way.
Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she walked out of his life without a backward glance, he was left with no choice but to try to forget her and move on. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jace instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.
If only it were that easy.
Cambri comes home to help care for her dad after a heart attack and she’s forced to confront her actions from six years before. She was best friends with Jace, the nerdy best friend, when he wanted more. She up and left a couple of days later without ever contacting him afterward or even saying goodbye. Coming home forces her to deal with her dad and his resentment of her leaving as well as Jace and the unfinished business that she left behind.
I liked both of these characters. Even though she moved away and went to college and had a wonderful job, she was more humble when she came back than when she left. Jace wasn’t as needy as he was before she left. Their roles were reversed. She described him as Clark Kent turned Superman. And from reading the book, I’d say so. But like they say, any true friendship doesn’t take catching up, it just picks up right where it left off. And though things were awkward between them at first, it was quick to return to the comfort level it was before. I liked that though he wanted her to stay, he refused to mention it because he wanted it to be all her decision. Her father, though crotchety, was a funny note in the story.
Ms. Anderson has written a short but character driven story. I enjoyed it. I think it could even have been fleshed out a little more. This is a sweet love story. Other than a few kisses, there’s nothing physical about it. So I would suggest it to any woman wanting to read it. I wouldn’t suggest it for a younger teenager, but that’s only because there isn’t anything for them to relate to. These people are at least 25 or so years old.
About the Author
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating. You can read more about her and her books online at rachaelreneeanderson.com.
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