Author: Kandi Steiner
Standalone Contemporary Romance
Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.
She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t.
Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her.
Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost.
He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.
Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.
This book was amazing. It’s a second chance at life type of story with an uplifting, sweet romance thrown into it.
“And maybe that’s what love was, giving someone the power to shatter you and trusting that they wouldn’t.”
The characters were so well developed, their emotions and reactions were so real. Wren our Female protagonist it’s trying to find herself after her 10 year marriage failed. She’s so relatable, her insecurities about leaving behind a relationship after so long, about starting over, and her need to try to be her old self mixed up with her fear of failure. Her grief, how she dealt with it while putting up a strong front. It’s so easy to understand her, to become her while reading, to experience how hard and frightening it is to start over after a great loss.
“Maybe I wasn’t broken after all, maybe I was only learning to walk on a new kind of path, a gravel road my tender feet had yet to master.”
Anderson it’s so adorable, He’s broken and going through a different type of grieving. He feels so much guilt but he’s so sweet underneath that you just want to hug him and help him to let go and live again.
I always enjoy the small town / tight community setting, it’s so very different to what city life is like. The closeness, kindness, the sense of being welcome, the camaraderie that is always present in this healing type of stories. It just envelopes you in warmth and fuzzy feelings.
The romance is beautiful, not rushed but very well paced. Filled with scorching hot chemistry but what I liked most about it was that it didn’t become the center of it all but just a helpful part of the healing process that our main characters go through. Even the small miscommunications that come up where true to the characters and not overly dramatic or dragged out. Perfect pacing. Anderson and Wren were incredible together as a couple, even when they were so broken, they just help each other understand and heal.
“Life doesn’t exactly give us what we need when it’s the perfect time. It’s not a pitching machine straight over the plate. Life throws curve balls—hard and fast, unpredictable. But you still have to hit that sucker or strike out swinging.”
This is a story about grief, about starting over, about letting go, about being true to yourself, about healing and love, about forgiving yourself about opening up and how hard all this is sometimes.
If you love good contemporary romance I encourage you to pick this one up