Lea Lamb and Austin Wolf were young when they fell in love. They never imagined the future could hold anything other than together-forever.
When Lea’s father dies in a tragic fishing accident, she's crushed under the weight of her grief and catches a glimpse of another type of future, one she knows she's not strong enough to face.
Austin is angry. For the past fifteen years, he's believed the woman he loved with every ounce of his soul left him without so much as a backwards glance.
When Lea unexpectedly returns to their hometown, all the years of heartache inside Austin bubbles to the surface and presents itself as blinding rage.
Faced with the truth about the past, a newly discovered secret, these former lovers will learn that if they want to have any chance at the future they’d given up on all those years ago, they will have to rescue one another from drowning in pain so debilitating it will leave them both fighting to breathe.
Meet Lea & Austin in this amazing love story!
**10 cents from every book sold will be donated to fighting cancer one chapter at a time**
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1CayiGT
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1HE0gNL
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1KEyik0
“I knew my father would want me to be happy, and I knew from talks with my mom that Austin had moved on, so it was time for me to do the same, to stop believing he would come after me, that our love was more than just a teenage love story.”
Looking for love in all the wrong places when it was home all along. Lea Lamb and Austin Wolf were torn apart by circumstance, fear, and of course, meddling. But when Lea’s mom falls ill, there is no choice but to return to her childhood home…and Austin…who hasn’t moved on after all.
“Deep down, I don’t want to move on from it. I want to remember things just as they were. I want to think that if I had stayed, things would have been different. The idea of letting the thought of what could have been go feels almost as painful as leaving the first time.”
Now, they just have to find their way back to each other…but the story goes deeper than that. Lea has endured more than most and the feeling of unsettledness within her heart where Austin is concerned is just the tip of the iceberg.
Lea feels alone. In a room full of people, she stands solitary; smiling a fake smile and responding in kind. Her heart is hollow and only time, counseling, and love can heal it.
“The moment feels suspended in time as our bodies work in sync, building into something that will destroy us both before putting us back together again.”
I can’t tell you how many highlights I have in this book, I think at least one on every page. I wanted to remember. Remember the moments, as Lea put it. I want to cherish each word and savor the image Reynolds has painted with her story.
This is a story of love, loss, and healing. I felt every emotion while reading and even now, as I write my review, my eyes are misted over in just…just everything. I loved it all.
**5 Home is Always Where the Heart is, Stars**
“CAN WE STOP by the liquor store on the way to dinner?” Mom asks from the passenger seat of my car.
“Should you be drinking?” I frown then turn onto the main road—well, really the only road in town.
“What’s it going to do, kill me?” she jokes, making me inhale a sharp breath. “Honey,” she says quietly, and I look at her briefly, wondering how the hell she can be so casual about this. “I’m dying. When it will happen, only the good Lord knows, but it is happening, and there is nothing you or I can do about it. I have made my peace with it, and I want you to do the same.” She reaches over to pat my thigh.
“Make peace with it?” I repeat, shaking my head in disbelief.
“Yes, make peace with it. If you think about it, I’m lucky. I know I’m going to die. I know that sooner rather than later God is going to come take me home, and when he does, I will be ready. I will have had a chance to say goodbye to the people I care about and right any wrongs I’ve caused. I’m lucky, honey.”
“What about me?” I wring my hands on the steering wheel, feeling my chest get tight as I fight back tears.
“I love you, honey. I loved you before you were even a sparkle in my eye, and I will always be with you. I know this isn’t easy for you. I know there are going to be a lot of tears shed, but we’re lucky, honey.”
I press my lips together to keep from saying something I might regret. I’m not lucky; in fact, I’m unlucky to the tenth power. How many people have I lost, how many people do I have to loose before it’s enough.
“Oh look! Sheryl!” She yells, pulling me from my thoughts as she reaches over, pressing the horn on my steering wheel while her other hand shoots across me so she can wave out my window. Looking to where she’s waving my heart begins to beat wildly
against my ribcage when I see not Sheryl, but Austin walking into one of the many bars that litter Main Street, only it’s not just Austin—it’s him and a woman with her arm wrapped around the back of his waist as he holds the door open for her.
Even from the distance separating us, my lungs compress at the beauty that is him. The years have been good to him. His hair is still shaggy, only now a little lighter; his face is tan and covered in a beard that makes his crystal blue eyes stand out even more. My eyes travel from his face to his torso, which is covered in a dark green thermal that shows off the muscles of his arms, chest, and tapered waist, then down to his denim-covered thighs. When my gaze sweeps back up, his eyes are on me, and I see them crinkle in confusion then realization that soon turns into anger.
“You missed the liquor store,” my mom complains as I speed up.
About the Author
Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.
Giveaway -- $50 Gift Card