A new town. A new identity. Pregnant and alone.
And far away from a past that can never find me.
Moody. Sullen. Jerk.
And my new neighbor.
I have no interest in befriending River. And he definitely doesn’t want to be befriended by me.
Then, he helps me rescue an abandoned dog. And, that day, I see something in his eyes that reflects back in my own. Sadness. Pain. Loneliness.
I know all of those things well.
An unwanted and unexpected friendship that somehow works. Then, without warning, it turns into something more.
River and I both have our secrets, and that’s okay. Because I understand him. And he understands me.
For the first time in my life, I have something I never thought I would have—happiness.
But happiness isn’t forever. Not for people like me.
Especially not when my past is waiting just around the corner, ready to come and take it all away.
A bitter-sweet, heartwarming, slow burn romance.
From the very beginning of this book I was hooked and River had my heart.
The book begins with River as a young abused child by his police officer, his step father. River took a last stand and refused to do what he said and in the heat of it all took his stepfathers gun and shot his abuser. Rivers mother riddled with guilt at what her son had been going through without her knowledge took the blame and went to prison.
The story goes from past to present at first from Carrie's present and Rivers past.
Carrie is fleeing an abusive relationship, moves away, changes her name and finally feels free in the little town in Texas.
Carrie and River become neighbours.
Fist impressions of River are he is moody, a bit of a grouch and doesn't like people, this is Rivers defence mechanism, following the death of his step-father the family was shunned, rejected by town people.
My heart hurt for River, for his past, for his present.
A friendship develops between Carrie and River after a rocky start and River becomes a huge support for Carrie who is pregnant.
I laughed, shed a tear and was deeply moved by some scenes.
Another brilliant read by Samantha Towle who has become my go to author when I want a good read.
Told in first person dual pov and leads to a hea.
Available in KU and audio.
I listened to this in audio which was brilliantly narrated and really brought the characters to life.