From the bestselling author of Weightless and A Love Letter to Whiskey
Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.
She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t.
Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her.
Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost.
He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.
Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.
Julie's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Giving someone the power to shatter you and trusting that they wouldn’t."
This is my first Kandi Steiner book, and I am so honoured to have been trusted with an ARC version.
Here is my honest review for the privilege.
I really enjoyed Kandi’s style of writing - I really felt that I was in the Gold Bar Mountains, alongside Wren and Anderson.
Two very functional and independent people, running into each other at a time in their own lives, when they were under the impression they were in total control.
Wren, big city fashion designer, facing her life without the familiarities she had been used to for the past ten years. After coming to the realisation that her marriage was not as perfect as she had thought, and after finalising her divorce, she heads away from the city to ‘find’ herself.
Anderson, big brooding man-hulk, who is just existing rather than living, becomes Wren’s knight in shining armour, and hard as they both try, their true feelings don’t stay hidden for very long.
What should have been just a summer fling, develops into a twisty-turny path of discovery.
Whilst they don’t realise it, they both learn more from each other in a few short months that either thought possible.
I loved the neighbours. From the lovely Momma Von, with her no-nonsense straight talking, to the quiet and brooding Ron. Loved getting to know the other residents, Davie & Yvette and little Benjamin, Zeek and Julie - even Tucker and Sarah, who I felt had ulterior motives, but we find out a bit of their history as we get to know more about the Gold Bar.
We learn why Anderson is so hard on himself, and I was cheering him on once he decided to have a Frozen moment and ‘Let it go!’.
Anderson and Wren worked really well, although the odds were against them. I loved their fighting attitude to stay on what they thought was the correct path, even if life has a habit of throwing curveballs your way.
I went through a myriad of emotions. I felt their love coming off the pages, along with their frustration, and how they tackled things along the way.
A great page turner and intriguing read, hoping and wishing it all works out as it should.