Nina Archer battles memories of a trauma that occurred twelve years ago… With plans to move to North Carolina, she hopes to separate herself from her mother, whose excessive drinking is becoming unbearable. Then suddenly, fate steps in to help her heal in a way she would never think possible. While running a race in Juno Beach, Nina finds herself next to a man whom she’s immediately attracted to. Wes Ladner, the same man she dreamt about one year ago…
Wes is focused on his writing, and has no time for a woman. But the night before they met, he dreamt of Nina. Although they come from two very different worlds neither of them can deny the sparks that fly between them. As her time runs out to make a decision, Nina wonders if she’s been given the chance to come to terms with her past, and accept a gift that some never receive – true love
ESRR received this book in exchange for an honest review
Struggling to cope with her past, Nina Archer, moves through life keeping those around her at a distance. Men in particular cause her discern, but when a chance encounter leads her to meet writer, Wes Ladner, she feels like she’s known him forever.
This is a story that tackles the difficult subjects of rape, incest and alcoholism in a short amount of time. The author writes beautifully and has a way of drawing you in fully, despite it’s length of eighty-eighty pages. More of a friendship that turns slightly romantic, you feel and sympathize with Nina as Wes helps her to come to terms with her past.
I really wanted more of this book. I wanted to see Nina and Wes’s relationship develop and to know where they go. It’s not a story that all issues are wrapped up tightly in the end. We’re left a bit hanging as to whether Nina decides to move to North Carolina or stays in Florida with Wes. I do hope the series continues on with their story and a full conclusion is made.
Not a book that all will find appeasing, it’s saddening on many levels, but also powerful and heart wrenching.