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‘An incredible debut…don’t miss it.’ Heat
‘Tender, touching, and completely compelling. I cared so much about these characters, couldn't put the novel down, read through the night. Therese Fowler writes with such wisdom about young love, intense and impossible choices, and the way one decision can affect an entire life.’
‘An emotional rollar coaster of a novel’.
What if the only person who could help was the one whose heart you'd broken?--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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A good book makes one think, and this one does, by raising many moral questions. I'm still puzzling over whether Meg's original choice was the right one and even more so over whether her final choices were right.
Fowler's characters feel very real. Meg's daughter reminded me strongly of myself at that age. Having lost my own mother, having had to give up a job for health reasons, and having at one time been suspected of having a fatal illness, I found Meg's feelings of loss and desire to leave something of herself behind extremely true to life.
Despite what sounds like a depressing story line, the book is uplifting and a joy to read. It celebrates love and taking care of one's family and friends. It also affirms the importance of women taking care of themselves as well as of others and of living life on one's own terms.
Read this book--you won't regret it!
There's Meg, who grew up being a third parent to her sibs because her own parents were struggling so much: in the opening, she does something she knows isn't exactly "right" (though who's to say really) because she loves Carson even though she can't in good conscience choose him. Marrying another man is what will save her parents from foreclosure on their farm.
Another reviewer said she couldn't care about such a person--well, that view doesn't take into account that Meg does pay for her choices. Also, it's right in the first chapter that Meg feels guilty. Opening line: "What she was doing was wrong." All of us do things that aren't clear cut right or wrong. To err is human.
This isn't a romance novel. It's a story about love and how the choices we make when we are young influence everything that happens afterward.
Then there's Savannah, Meg's daughter. My heart went out to her. She's smart but, like I know I did at her age, she thinks she has life all figured out at 16. She meets a man and thinks she loves him but things are not as straightforward as it seems. Meg wants to connect with Savannah but Savannah wants to pull away. I can't help thinking of how I hope to handle my own girl when she's a teen. There is a cautionary story here.
And Carson is not perfect either, but he's so human. They all are. His pride gets in the way of pursuing Meg when he has the chance, so he puts his regret and pain into songs and becomes famous for them. But really he's still so much the boy who grew up on the citrus farm. He's engaged to a great woman. You do sort of want things to work out for him, and Meg wants that for him too.
I'm only scratching the surface here because I don't want to give anything away. Like other reviewers are saying, this story is so well written and definitely a page-turner. It's also completely unpredictable and so satisfying. This book made me cry and that doesn't happen often!
This is one to keep and read again.
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