After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.
The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.
The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.
A troubled young mother yearns for a shot at redemption in this heartbreaking yet hopeful story from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Colleen Hoover.
This book is about Kenna, a 26 year old single mother, who was just released after 5 years in prison – sentenced for involuntary manslaughter of her boyfriend Scott, during a car accident with Kenna driving. On her first year in prison, she gave birth to a baby girl named Diem, who is now with Scott’s parents, who gained full custody of her.
After being released, she moves back to where it all began hoping to reunite with her 4 year old daughter. On her first day back in town, she meets Ledger, who for the first time in 5 years makes her feel something. The two share an intense connection, until Kenna realises that Ledger is Scotty’s best friend.
This book tore me in two. It’s so freaking emotional! I didn’t even know what to feel because I understood both sides. It’s difficult for Scotty’s parents to accept her back after their son was killed because of her, and it’s difficult for Kenna to not reunite with the only thing she has left of Scotty, her daughter.
This book was very different from all the others I read from Colleen Hoover, but like always she has a way with characters. She makes you feel all their emotions and makes you care for them like there’s no tomorrow. I freaking loved reading about Kenna and I couldn’t but put myself in her shoes. She felt just so sad, and how a mistake can ruin your life forever… It’s heartbreaking.
I could feel her grief and her doubts and the lack of self-respect she had. But she grows in this book, she finds the strength to move forward because she has a daughter and she would do anything for her, given the chance.
I also loved Ledger and Kenna’s connection, it was beautiful, and I loved how he got to know her better and all the uninformed thoughts he had of her just crumble while he actually gets to know her.
I could but root for her to get the best life possible after 5 years of no hope.
This book is beautiful, bitter sweet and makes you want to forgive yourself, move forward no matter what. It’s as much about grief as it is about hope and I loved it. Also, cry freaking worthy!
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