When you have a good heart,
You help too much,
You trust too much,
You give too much,
You love too much,
And it always seems,
You hurt the most
How do you become strong enough to leave an abusive husband? How do you get away safely? How do you get your self-esteem back? Brennan Michaels, or so her new I.D. states, escapes by train to an unknown small town in Wyoming. She finds the town is not even on any maps but something draws her there. The township befriends her, she finds a job and a place to live, in a Boarding House, not realizing the other tenant is a Hot, Sexy ex-football player and model that is dealing with his own past issues.
Hutchinson Parker or Hutch to those close to him, had a loving wife, who he cherished and was his entire world until she was taken from him by Cancer. His life ceased to exist, his football and modeling didn’t matter anymore. Nothing mattered until he found a small town in Wyoming and after nine months of grieving he meets a girl named Brennan who takes his breath away. He can tell she is dealing with something bad, something happened to her. Most people who find the small town are running from something. Her skittish behavior and the fading marks on her face means one thing. Someone abused her.
Will she find her way home?
I have to start off by saying I adore this book. There were so many different story lines and many ways this could have twisted and turned, but the author did a fabulous job at keeping everything together and took me on a journey I will not soon forget.
Zoey, escapes from an abusive husband with the help of two friends. We don’t really know how bad the abuse was till later in the book but let’s just say she was lucky to get out alive. She starts over with a new name, new hair and new town. She just randomly picks a small town on a gut feeling and it was the best choice she ever made. I want to move to Sterling Wyoming. The people there are an accepting and helpful group and they have a common phrase, people come there to escape from something, everyone has a story.
Hutch, he also escaped to Sterling nine months prior, after losing the most important thing in his life. He gave up his football and modeling career because he just didn’t have the energy to live any more. He found a place in that small town with the help of Bailey, a sweet old lady who runs the boarding house. There are other characters in the book that you will want to meet and will fall in love with.
This book took us on the journey of Zoey and Hutch. What I loved about this story is they both knew what they wanted and they didn’t play games of back and forth. He knew he had opened his heart to her and she knew she had a reason to finally begin healing for him. It was very fast for them to recognize they were brought to this town for a reason and they didn’t waste a minute to get there. Each had a hard time trusting their hearts, they both wanted to protect themselves from ever feeling the pain of their past again, but their love wouldn’t allow that. They were both very mature in their actions and I respect that a lot from an author. We don’t get to see much of that in books these days. No one was attention seeking, both committed to making this work and they both trusted each other enough to let the walls they had built crumble to the ground.
Zoey had to deal with the husband finding her and that whole situation became pretty intense. I was holding my breath and starting to feel the panic when it all came to a head, but not once did she waiver from the idea that Hutch would protect her. The two things I loved most about this book were the characters and the rhythm of the story. The author created characters that you not only will fall in love with but they will leave a lasting impression with you. There were so many times I would miss my Grandma when I was reading about Bailey, and I would cry for the pain Hutch had endured. I would sob when Zoey had to tell her secrets about what her husband had done to her. I just don’t see a way you can read this book and not become emotionally invested with these people and this town. The second thing is there was a lot of action in this book. There was never a time I felt the story was dragging, but the author wrote in such an expert way I never felt overwhelmed or lost in the plot. I lost myself in the book, but never had to go back and try to figure out what was going on. The timing was perfect, the scenes were laid out in a way the events occurred smoothly, and I was very impressed with the balance.
Of course in the end we have a HEA and it isn’t a cliff hanger, but I do wish with all of my heart we could see the story of Betty and Chuck unfold, what happens to Matt and will Simon and Chris be happy with their new life. You will experience a little bit of every emotion from happiness to anger, sadness to extreme joy. It was a wonderful journey to be a part of and I highly recommend this book. So many times Zoey and Hutch would have had the perfect reason to just give up but they never did. This book was about starting over; trusting your heart, allow others back into your life after you have been crushed by humans. It is also about what love can overcome, when given the chance. Please make sure you grab your copy of this book.
Vicki Green grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and currently resides in Olathe, Kansas. Along with her husband and two teenage boys, she shares her home with her cocker spaniel’s Shadow and Mocha. She has been working full time at the same Company for 35 years. Her life has been filled with the most loving and caring parents, who are both gone now but are still in her heart and mind daily.
Vicki enjoys reading Romance books which is what inspired her to begin writing this book. She has always admired Author’s dedication and hard work. She had a dream that played out for over a year, came home one day after work and decided to put it on a word document to see how it read and that became ‘My Savior Forever’, the beginning of her Forever Series.
Indie Mashup, Springdale, Arkansas, July 26, 2014
Red Dirt BoCo, Oklahoma City, OK, August 30, 2014
Penned Con 2014, St. Louis, MO, September 12-13, 2014
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