She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.
For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.
She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.
No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Steadfast was even better than Bittersweet, and if this series keeps improving with each book, let’s just say that October is too far away.
I have to admit that second chance romances are probably one of my favourite, include some major personal growth, a strong, sweet heroine, and a bit of mystery, and I’m sold.
I already loved Jude in Bittersweet, but now knowing his struggles, his thoughts, I like him even more. A young man who has come to terms with the mistakes he’s made in the past. Jude knows he’ll have to fight this addiction every day, but he won’t give up fighting. Though there is still that uncertainty, that feeling of being tainted that keeps him from getting close to people.
This definitely includes Sophie, the one good thing he had in his life. While Jude feels he no longer deserves her, Sophie thinks otherwise. Even after all these years the feelings between these two are maybe even stronger than ever. Though Sophie will have to fight for her love, not just with Jude, but with her family and the rest of the town.
When Sophie goes investigating, and discovers the truth about the accident that turned all of their lives upside down, that’s when things get really interesting.
Sarina Bowen has a way of writing stories and characters that feel real, imperfect, though non the less swoon-worthy. The flow of her tales will make you wish they were longer. You will not be able to put Steadfast down until you’ve flipped the last page. Jude and Sophie’s story is one partially of heartbreak, but mostly of how we should never give up hope, and keep fighting for the people we love.
TRUE NORTH – READING ORDER AND PURCHASE LINKS
Keepsake: (Oct. 2016)