I bought this book in paperback. It is my first book by this author. After starting it I quickly stole every moment to keep reading. Hannah does an excellent job with character development and making the characters so real you feel like they might live right down the street. The author does a good job of portraying the emotional complications of family relationships, especially through terrible loss and trying times. There is a lot of time covered in this novel though it wasn’t hard to follow. There were parts where it was very difficult not to cry. I would have loved to see more of Lexi and Zack rebuilding their lives at the end as well as Jude and Grace’s relationship growing, but perhaps the author will consider a sequel. All in all, this is a fabulous story about love, loss and the road to forgiveness. Highly recommended.
Here is the product description from Amazon.
For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach—are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.
Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy-- until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.
On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.