Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Read more...
Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father--and it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.
Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long--make that very long--list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made. . .
Sarah Hegger's voice is rich and witty and in a word, addictive. --Terri Osburn, author of the bestselling Anchor Island series"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Hegger’s contemporary series launch barely qualifies as a romance. Instead, it focuses on accurately depicting the difficulties of doing the ninth of AA’s 12 steps (“make direct amends wherever possible”) when everyone you know is stuck in the same destructive, puerile thoughts and behaviors they’ve had for a decade. Except for protagonist Lucy Flint’s commitment to her sobriety, nothing in Hegger’s characters would make a reader root for them, or even believe in their lasting happiness. With only the phone support of her sponsor, Mads, back in Seattle, Lucy returns home to Willow Park, Ill., to make her amends. She finds her father still abusive, her mother still codependent, and her old room untouched, like a shrine. Richard Hunter, the boyfriend she drunkenly abandoned several years before, has become her family’s doctor, moved in next door, and married her best friend, Ashley. But Ashley leaves him because of his continued obsession with Lucy, and as soon as Lucy comes home, she and Richard hook up again. The reunited lovers attract some unsurprisingly mean gossip, but even from their own perspectives, they’re clearly recapitulating high school rather than growing into anything new. Entirely unsatisfying. (Apr.)