Now that my tears have finally dried up after finishing this incredible story, I think I’ll try to put some words to all the feelings this book pulled from me. Colleen Hoover has been one of my very favorite authors for several years now and I’m a little ashamed to admit that I hadn’t gotten around to reading some of her more recent releases. When I saw this book had come out I decided it was high time to remind myself of all the reasons I love a Colleen Hoover novel. Let me tell you, this book did not disappoint! Colleen Hoover is a masterful storyteller, I don’t know of anyone else who can consistently pack such an emotional punch as she does. This story was so heartbreaking, yet hopeful, and such a beautiful love story – and not just in the romantic sense.
For the past five years, Kenna Rowan’s life has been defined by a horrible mistake she made one tragic night. She’s done her time and is now set on putting her life back together, including hopefully reuniting with the daughter she’s never actually met. But as she returns to the town where everything went wrong, she realizes forgiveness may not be in the cards for her, no matter how hard she tries to prove herself. There seems to be only one person in town willing to give her any sort of a chance and that’s Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and an unlikely link to her daughter. There are so many reasons why Kenna and Ledger should stay away from each other but neither one seems to be able to do so. If anyone found out how close they’d become, though, they both stand to lose everything important to them.
My god, what an impossible situation these two found themselves in. You find out pretty early on how Ledger is connected to Kenna’s past and it’s honestly really hard to see how things could possibly turn out well for them. Everyone who knows what happened back then has formed an opinion of Kenna in the years she was away, including Ledger, but as he spends more time with her he begins to see that maybe their assumptions were wrong. I loved the way he truly saw Kenna, she was so desperate for someone to just give her a chance and the way this was written was just so believable and heart-wrenching. Kenna made a terrible decision in the face of an unthinkable situation but she wasn’t a bad person, despite what everyone thought. It was easy to root for her. Which I think made it so powerful to see the way Ledger gradually thawed toward her and wanted to help. He was put in an absolutely impossible situation, though, my heart ached for him. He was such a stand-up guy and only wanted to do right by those he cared about but there was no way out of the situation without someone hurting. Gah!! My heart still hurts a little thinking back on it.
I wish I could say more but I don’t want to spoil anything. Just do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this book. I promise it will give you all the feels! Oh, and you’ll probably want to keep those tissues close by.