Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Musician, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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When you're lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.
Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.
Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.
So from the cover of this book I was expecting there to be like a big time musician, but I have to say I was happy there wasn’t when it came to this story. So I think part of what appealed to me about this book is that it is primarily about a woman who is basically starting her life over, a very tragic event happened to her and she needed to push the reset button on her life. I love stories where people are building their lives back up from scratch, I think it’s incredibly hard thing to do, to abandon a life that isn’t fulfilling you anymore and go on a different path, this characters are always so much more compelling to me.
So Molly is in a tough spot. Her fiance has died and she is in law school basically going through the motions. She is having nightmares every night, and having a really hard time putting the death/tragedy of her fiance’s untimely passing behind her. So one day in the middle of class she just walks out and decides to move back to her childhood home. Her family has all left their small town behind, so it’s just Molly on her own. You can tell right off the bat that she is in a lot of pain, and she is trying her best to put on a front for everyone, to make them believe that she is just fine. Especially in front of her friend Kelly, who is getting married on the day Molly was suppose to, also Molly is Kelly’s maid of honor, so it’s really hard for her, understandably. Part of what I liked about Molly is that the author did a really good job at making me feel some of the same things she was feeling. You can’t help but feel for her.
So Ben, oh sweet Ben. Ben and Molly used to be together when Molly was in high school. Only Ben wasn’t exactly what one would call dependable. A lot of Molly’s memories of their relationship include Ben not showing up when she asked him to. The final straw being when she needed him after her father died and he didn’t show. It’s a mistake that he has always regretted, so when Molly shows back up in town Ben is determined to get her back and not miss out on his second chance. I liked that he was sweet, and more than that I liked seeing the difference between him as a teenager and the guy he has become since Molly left for Boston. I could totally see why Molly would turn to Ben after everything has been through, and I liked seeing the two of them progress.
Overall the book was an enjoyable read for me. There are some interesting secondary characters, I liked Molly’s sister, and Ben’s brother. There’s a guy named Gavin who shows up early on who I have to admit just drove me nuts every time he made an appearance on the page. It was a quick read, the pacing was good, the writing was good, and I liked the characters. If you like new adult books this might be the book for you.