Ali and Flynn were high school sweethearts. Eager to see the world and leave behind their small Georgia hometown, they'd planned for an exciting new life together after they finished school.
But on graduation day, only one of them hit the road.
Eight years down that road, an unexpected loss brings Flynn home again. He's a big-shot photojournalist, and he's made most of his dreams reality. But he's done it alone. Is it too late for his biggest dream to come true?
Ali's spent those years working hard, raising a daughter and helping her brother keep their family farm alive. Thinking about Flynn and what might have been is a pain she tries to avoid...even when it's impossible to forget.
Flynn's return brings back feelings Ali thought were long dead and hopes she'd abandoned. Finding their way back to each other will change them forever, opening old wounds and stirring up memories.
Can the first love be the one that lasts forever?
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Wonderful narration lifts mid-level romance.
I would recommend the book for the pleasure of Alice Barden's narration. She plays a multitude of characters of both sexes and from age eight to senior citizens. She brings a unique voice, pace, and cadence to each character. Her rich, intelligent performance elevated not just the core scenes of drama and passion, but more mundane scenes, some of which advanced the story, and some that, book in hand, I most likely would have just skimmed or skipped. I look forward to more great work from her.
Tighten the plot. Also--mild spoiler alert--while from her web site, I know the author is a home schooling advocate, having the characters decide to home school a social, well-adjusted, achieving child as a partial solution to their romantic dilemma struck me as jarringly idiosyncratic.
The first one where Flynn comes home for his father's funeral and reflects on their relationship and on his first encounter with Ali.
Reflect on the need for communication in important relationships.
- Steven Lubliner