SHE BROKE HIS HEART
Jessie Long knew she made the right decision years ago. Grady Matthews wanted a ranch and a home full of kids, and she couldn't give him that. So she cut him loose for his own good. They went their separate ways—Grady left to join the Navy and Jessie stayed home.
Now a deadly twister has flattened their hometown, and it's brought them back together—and back to square one. The passion's still there, and the easy understanding. Even the way they care for the orphaned baby found in the aftermath just seems to fit. For Grady, that's enough. He's sure they can make a life together. But for Jessie, the secret that tore them apart is still hiding under the surface. And she can't face losing Grady a second time.
I enjoyed the author's voice, the way she writes, the story is full of humor, love, and life. It is real, the devastating tornado that has destroyed the town, the loss of material goods, homes, businesses, schools taking a toll on everyone. The characters are realistic, they are strong, capable, stubborn, and caring.
I love Grady, he is easy to like, straightforward man, honorable, loyal, and loving. He is not afraid to show his feelings, he steps up where he is needed. The pain from when Jessie had broken his heart, by ending their engagement, was palpable.
Jessie was emotional character, she pushes and pulls as her feelings change. I wanted to yell at her a few times, the way she kept playing with Grady's heart was not fair. It seemed like her whole identity was bound into the fact that she might not be able to have children of her own.
The journey Grady and Jessie have to take is an emotional one. There is so much history they have to sort out, future plans to be made. There were several swoon worthy moments, sweet and tender, as well hot passion, and lots of arguing and bickering. But most of all there was love, caring, family, friends, and a town championing through a devastation
~ Four Spoons