From Summer Love…To Forever Family?
In all her life, Izzy Lambert has told only one lie—fourteen years ago. Now that her teenage summer love is back in town she's on a mission to cover it up. But how do you hide a gangly fourteen-year-old boy?
Years ago, when golden boy Nate Thayer left Thunder Ridge, he never looked back. Izzy was from the wrong side of the tracks and they weren't ready to be parents to their unborn baby. Adoption was the answer. Now Nate's back home, and seeing Izzy is like pouring gasoline on a fire that never died. But an even bigger surprise awaits him—finding out she wasn't the only one he left behind…
An emotionally charged story about teen pregnancy, the huge responsibility of parenting, the mistakes we make as human beings, and the secrets kept, that can affect so many lives.
I sort of expected a light and fluffy baby daddy, second chance romance story, and this tale blew me away, into much deeper waters of pain, hurt, resentment, past mistakes, and the price we pay for them. The teenage angst, fear, and pressure of finding out you are pregnant, the hopes of future, and home, love, family, all mixed up in a mind, while hormones are going wild, and lives are at the edge.
You really get a full story of the events around Izzy and Nate, as the time frame smoothly, and clearly, switches between past memories and present realities. It is an emotional story, mixture of delight, bliss, pride, and fear, resentment, and guilt. Nothing is taken for granted, and every emotion has to be dealt with, especially when there's a kid involved.
I loved how the different issues were dealt with, not lightly, or in passing, but with both with maturity, and absolute childishness, just like in real life. And the moment when the family, achingly, starts to form, the feelings are high, and I was in tears. It was scary, beautiful, and touching scene, that took a tale into a different, deeper level.
Through the tale, the author draws a beautiful picture of Oregon, the scenery, the possibilities, the growing towns, and tourism, while introducing the small town folks in a humorous and entertaining way, surefire to make you smile.
Poignant, wistful, and ardent story of love and life, about finding your one true soul mate, your home.
~ Four Spoons and 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