It's never too late…right?
Kayla Anderson is never going back to Montana. At least, that was the plan. But when her teenage son runs away to meet his great-grandparents, she ends up back in Schuyler…face-to-face with her high school sweetheart, rancher Jackson McGregor.
It's complicated doesn't quite cover it, especially since Alex happens to be Jackson's son, too.
Alex and his dad couldn't be more different, but Jackson will do anything to connect with his boy.
And suddenly old wounds pale beside the possibility of a second chance under the wide Montana sky…
Life is messy as it is, and when you add a few complications, it can get out of hands.
Kayla's teenage son, Alex runs away from his dad's house while on visitation, when he finds out his dad wasn't his biological father, but had adopted him at the age of three.
He takes off to Montana to meet his great grandparents for the first time, from his mother's side. And suddenly, everything changes.
There's Kayla, with Alex, whose teenage biological father had denied being the father of, but looks exactly like him. Kayla's daughter Dee Dee, from the former marriage to Alex's adopted father.
Meet Jackson, the biological father of Alex and his teenage daughter from her ex, who is only a month or so older than Alex.
That summer in Montana turns into an interesting and tough holiday, trying to figure out all the new family complications, meet new family members, get to know them, get through all the teenage angst, doubts and feelings of abandonment. Add to that a daily connection with the ex boyfriend who got you pregnant while still in high school, and whom you resent, yet still feel attracted to, you get the best summer of their life!
It was fascinating to see how all the different relationships were developing, and the kids were full of life in every possible way.
Both Jackson and Kayla have some serious issues from their past. The lack of being able to trust the opposite sex, Kayla's lock down of all emotional involvement to anyone, and her constant blame of Jackson for chauvinistic behavior, when he really is just mostly trying to protect and provide for his family. Of course, Kayla has no role model of that, so she is blowing it way out of proportion.
They both are trying to make an effort for the kids sake. They really are putting the kids first, and that was lovely to see. I didn't feel the attraction between them that much at all. The emotionless environment Kayla had created around herself worked for well, I guess, since I didn't pick any love or affection towards Jackson from her part. Jackson's feelings were more obvious.
Interesting, heartfelt, and rough summer on a Montana ranch, where a new family is formed, from a mixed medley of relations, where family is about love, respect, and commitment, not necessarily about blood. Compelling look at the modern family structure
~ Three 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