Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
The handsome firefighter makes a living coming to people’s rescue, but Gin is used to fighting her own battles.
Nothing has ever come easy for single mom Genevieve Lightly. Over the years, she’s managed to pay the bills waitressing, and she is deeply devoted to her daughter, Raine. Gin has been satisfied moving from city to city, never putting down roots or making commitments. But when engine trouble temporarily strands them in the small town of Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises her daughter they will stay put until Raine graduates from high school in the spring.
Dan Moretti couldn’t imagine a life without Evie, but she married his best friend. After Max died while fighting a huge blaze, Dan has looked out for Evie and her son, Cody. Evie has always made it clear she thinks of him only as a friend, but Dan has secretly held out hope that her feelings would change. When a small town scandal erupts, Dan is caught in the middle and his loyalty put to the test when he realizes his feelings are the ones that are changing. He’s falling for a beautiful, unconventional waitress named Gin.
As Cody and Raine move closer to making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, Dan makes a decision, too. But can he convince a woman who doesn’t believe in happy endings to take a chance on a new beginning . . . with him?
I had no idea what to expect from this book when I picked it up. The author creates a tale of two families from two worlds. They live in the same town, yet only cross paths when their children become irreversibly entwined.
I enjoyed this book as the characters were real. They were not cookie cutter, nor were they without faults. Yet, they seemed to make me fall in love with each of them. Many books focus on only one or two characters, while this story had me rooting for all parts of the story. There were layers for each character, which involved another. I learned as we unveiled each piece, how much talent that takes.
This is not a terribly light read, but neither is it a heavy read. Topics are dealt with relating to teen pregnancy, death from firefighting, abuse and widowhood. They are all lightly touched on, without giving sordid details. This would make it a great book to read with older teens that need to experience this. I especially liked how Cody was a great kid, that never thought it would happen to him, yet it did.
I recommend this book as a great read!
This book was given to me for review by BookLookBloggers. The opinions contained herein are my own.