Callie Sorenson has been travelling the globe, writing and going from job to job ever since she left high school. She rarely calls her mother and she tries to avoid going home as much as possible so she doesn’t have to relive the death of her beloved brother, Elliot, who died in a car accident when she was sixteen years old.
Danny McCutcheon has only seen Callie a handful of times since she left. But after her mother, Liddy takes a fall off a ladder in her store and breaks her hip, he has to make the phone call to drag her all the way back from New York City to her home town again.
At 149 pages, this is a short read. However it packs a punch when it comes to the development of our two main characters – Callie and Danny, the development of the relationships and the revaluations that are found. I loved how Callie patches up her relationship with her mother, revisits her first love and discovers why her estranged father left when she was four years old. Everything was on going and very well executed. None of these situations dragged throughout the novel or were rushed in any way, shape or form.
My favourite part of the novel was the mother-daughter duo that is Callie and Liddy. They only spoke when they had to when Callie was travelling. So when Callie moves back in with her mother while she looks after her, it proves quite and intriguing ride. Through the individual conversations that Liddy and Callie have with Danny, we see that both of them are cut from the same cloth. They are both equally stubborn. I loved seeing how two people who I thought were completely different, turned out to be practically the same.
Callie’s journey of self discovery was very well executed. Initially she is sarcastic, quiet and finds it difficult to express her emotions. She is also is afraid to attach to someone because she believes that they will leave her just like her father did – a pain that she simply can’t live with or go through again. She carries a certain hollowness with her. Towards the end of the novel having discovered all that she needs to know about her father, it is like a weight has been lifted off her shoulders and I as a reader felt that feeling too.
I can’t end this review without mentioning our resident love interest that is Danny. He is everything that you would want in a male character: strong, sexy and hilarious. He has become the man that everyone wanted him to be despite what he has been through in his past and losing his best friend, Elliot . I liked how his story unfolded and how it came across like it was essential that we knew those facts before we could truly understand him.
I loved this novel from start to finish. The romance was very well written it wasn’t lust filled or cringe worthy. It was just purely about individual struggles, getting past personal barriers and two people coming together despite everything that they have been through.
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