Rating: 5 Stars
Luke and Olivia are, now, one of my favorite book couples. Maybe it is because I grew up in a small town, as they do, but I could relate to Olivia's character and how she wanted to get out of the small town and see the rest of the world. I could also relate to the fact that that small town always pulls you back in. The love story had me crying a steady stream of tears on more than one occasion. Lucia did such an amazing job of writing through both POVs that you couldn't help but feel for both of them (and don't get me started on Nate). The hard choices both of them had to make, and then having to live with those choices for years to come, is something most people would relate to, in one way or another.
I read this story in a 24-hour window, staying up way too late when I had work the next day, but I couldn't put this book down. I was shocked to find out that this was Lucia Franco's debut novel. She has hit this one out of the ballpark and I can't wait to read more stories from this author.
*Given an ARC in return for an honest reveiw.
With his thick southern drawl and seductive charm, Luke is the country boy everyone adores. He has his future mapped out, but his plans with Olivia are suddenly derailed when she makes a decision that blindsides him, changing the path they both envisioned.
As Luke struggles to keep everything in check during a difficult time in his life, he must put his trust in the one person who broke it to begin with. The last time they saw each other, Olivia busted his heart wide open, turning him into the man he is today.
When Olivia returns to her roots, just like Luke said she would, he is shocked for more reasons than one. Nine years have passed since they've seen each other, and when their roads collide unexpectedly, Luke can only push his worry and misgivings away for so long.
Things are different now-they are strangers-and the rope that once bound Olivia's heart to South Fork, Georgia is pulling her back in, forcing her to remember how it used to be all those years ago.