Her heart can't be destroyed by the same person twice. At least, that's what Clara Abbot finds herself hoping when she runs into Boone Cavanaugh less than an hour after returning to Charleston.
As kids, Clara and Boone had been each other's firsts, and no one or nothing could stand in the way of their forever. But all kids have to grow up sometime. The troubled son of the town drunk winding up with the firstborn daughter of the local royalty was a happy ending even the most imaginative of fairy tales couldn't make believable.
Their fable came to an end as most do: tragically. Boone might have done the leaving, but it was Clara who got away and made a new life for herself in California. But after seven years of dodging her hometown, she's only back in Charleston for seven days to celebrate her sister's wedding. She won't let her overbearing family or her run-in with Boone rattle her - though rattling her is obviously Boone's primary objective.
Boone is her past and her past is behind her, a mere speck in the rearview. So why does she feel it coming back every time she looks at him? Why does she see it every time he looks back?
Just when Clara's life can't possibly get more complicated, the ground shifts, and she discovers just how far her family was willing to go to keep the wrong boy out of her life. Was it really Boone who left her? Or was it Clara who left him?
The truth will be hard to face. Especially when she discovers most of her life has been built on lies.
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A great performance for a compelling story
I loved a great second chance story handled well. And this is an excellent example of that. I loved the connection that Boone and Clara had, even after 7 years of separation and heartbreak. Their families only give them stress and grief, in general and about each other.
The relationship between Boone and Clara. I loved how they had each others back with the situations that came up during the story. And how they were able to untangle their past into something manageable.
I loved the narrator. She did an excellent job at differentiating between the different characters enough for me that I usually had no problem knowing who was speaking. I thought she did an excellent job. This was my first ever audio book because I never thought my mind would be able to pay attention and focus. However, I had no problem focusing on the story.
I wanted to, yes. I wasn't able no, but I really did want to. In fact, I only had 50 minutes to go and had to go inside, so I bought the ebook to finish the story at night. And THEN listened to the rest of the book just to hear how it sounded.
I am a huge Nicole Williams fan. I love her writing and I think she is very talented. Anything I have read by her has been amazing.
Second chance love
- Jo Fergus