A Promise Can Follow You To the Grave…
Claire Templeton is drawn to the majestic beauty of the California Redwoods in the hopes of capturing an unexplained phenomenon on camera.
What she doesn’t expect is to run into her first love, Jed Lafferty, the boy she worshipped as a child, the man she’s never been able to forget.
Carefree, fun-loving Jed doesn’t believe in fate, preferring to make his own luck. But when he runs into the little girl who used to follow him like a shadow, now an irresistible woman, he can’t help feeling the odds are turning in his favor.
Letting Claire walk out of his life the first time might be his single biggest regret.
But when strange gifts and cards left for Claire turn sinister, it’s clear someone else from her past isn’t ready to let go . . .
To run into the biggest crush of your younger days, and to find out, he is single, hotter than ever, and a nice guy, and you both are going to be in the same location for a few days - sounds like fun, right?! But then, you run into your ex, and not only one, but another, and... Things get rather uncomfortable and awkward after a while.
And to make matters even worse, it seems one of the old flames is still holding on a torch for you, and rather odd, stalker way, leaving you messages and gifts that makes the situation not only creepy, but dangerous as well.
Even though the story has a disturbing mystery to be solved, mostly the tale has a focus on Jed and Claire, and their life goals, future desires, and possibility make a relationship work between them. The give and take is fascinating, and the topics and concerns they have are very much life like. The sacrifices that one has to make when in a committed relationship, career, fun, and stable living, all things people in their adult years ponder on.
As they try to get Claire's job assignment fulfilled, the mystery of the stalker resolved, and are hiking and enjoying the California redwood forests, they talk about life, get to know each other again, and fall for each other. But is it enough, when their future goals are so different?
I found the story fascinating on many levels. I enjoyed the characters, their honesty, openness, and candor. The California coast the author painted in my mind was intriguing in its beauty, the small town with its folks humorous and inviting. The romance felt real and down to earth, and the conflicts they faced actual and legitimate. The mystery was tense, fearsome, and chilling. The Bigfoot and the Bigfoot believers gave something to smile about. I definitely recommend this book, and the author's easily flowing way to tell an alluring tale
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me