“Every morning we get a chance to be different. A chance to change. A chance to be better. Your past is your past. Leave it there. Get on with the future part, honey.”
This was my first Nicole Williams book and I've got to say that I'll definitely be adding some of her other books to my to-read pile.
The general gist is that Rowen Sterling has to spend a summer on the Walker ranch "proving" herself before her mom agrees to fund art school. Rowen, though her appearance might suggest otherwise, is not a rude or bad person, she's just resigned...resigned to the cards she's been dealt with, while at the same time, also dealing with her own inner demons. On her first day there she meets ranch hand Jesse Walker...and talk about yummy cowboys! He's the ranch golden boy but he also sees Rowen, for who she is and not what others see. Although with a few secrets of his own, Jesse makes Rowen see that love and second chances can always be freely given.
Okay so this book had a slow start for me but once I got hooked I literally took my IPad with me everywhere to try and see what would happen next. This story isn't silly or easy. Rowen has a really twisted view of herself and it was sometimes difficult to read through her decision making. Still, from day one the Walker family believes in her (especially Rose and Jesse) and eventually, so does Rowen. The love story was also pretty awesome. From the get go Jesse is charming and persistant, two things that endeared me quite quickly to him. With a lot of patience, he forces his way through Rowen's defenses and helps heal her soul. Though these two have wome pretty steamy moments, I like that they took the time to get to know each other and enjoy simple things, such as kissing, especially considering how Rowen had been treated before. The Walker family was also a gem, and a stark contrast to Rowen's mom. All in all, this story really stuck with me, even once it was over. I'm glad there is a second book coming through because I cried through that ending (happy tears) and really need to know more about these two before I'm satisfied. Really glad I got to read this!