TBR reviewer: Luta Wolf
This book isn’t going to be for everyone because the real beauty of the story is the back plot otherwise this might be too simple for some. While I liked the main plot and thought the author did a good job of holding up the suspense and mystery it didn’t compare to the secondary message that she was pushing. It’s a sweet romance that really goes in-depth about love. It makes you think about, can your first love be the person that’s actually your forever love. Can love really conquer all or is love sometimes just not enough and if it isn’t is there away for someone to learn how to build the blocks to make it so.
Everything about this book pulled me in and kept me interested. The small community and the details put into the town life to these characters even the secondary ones. For those willing to read between the lines this is a romance sure to leave an impression.
shaking, blinking sleep from her eyes, she snatched up the receiver, breathless. “Hello?”
“I need you. Will you come home?”
His voice hit her like a fist in the stomach, sucked the air from her lungs, and caused her heart to beat an erratic rhythm. She thought she should have forgotten the sound of his
voice, the deep, low rumble that streamed into her ears; she'd tried hard enough in the last five years but clearly she'd failed. He didn't identify himself but he didn't need to – she would have known his voice anywhere, anytime, anyplace. At fifteen, she embroidered his name on her heart with blood red stitches. Another woman would search for the courage to hang up or tell him he dialed a wrong number but Caroline wouldn't do that. She couldn’t. She still
loved him and that knowledge destroyed every defense she'd built. It smashed through them all and left her vulnerable. “What’s wrong?”
“Just come, Caroline. If you still love me... “
“I do.” She interrupted him, saying it before he had to ask. Long ago, a wise woman told her that love never dies and it was true. If anything in her life held meaning, it was that.
“Then you’re coming?”
“I’ll come today.”
“I’ll see you then. You know where to go, don’t you?”
“Yes, Reid, I do and I’ll be there.”
He said nothing and she thought he'd hung up the phone but just before she put down the receiver, she heard him whisper. “I love you, Caro.”
His tender words caught her hard and strangled her throat with unshed tears. Her bedside alarm clock read 2:15 in big, green numerals but she knew she wouldn't sleep again so she
got up, made the bed with stiff, neat corners, and fixed coffee. After she drank the first cup, she packed a single suitcase. Online, she bought her plane ticket and before daylight streaked the sky, she called a taxi and rode to the airport. In rapid sequence, she checked her bag and boarded the flight, her mind already back there, with him.
Not accustomed to moving with such swiftness, Caroline felt like she hadn't breathed from the moment she answered the phone until she was in the air, winging eastward back toward Neosho. Her hometown. And his.