They say going home is easy, and in all reality, it should be. Just not for me.
The small, one-horse town that gave me my roots, that made my soul thrive, is also the place I never wanted to set foot in again. I left everything behind and never looked back. Until now. With the death of the man who raised me, I’m forced to return to Boone.
Old wounds resurface, and heartache and loss trump everything once more.
Seeing the man who shattered my world the night of our high school graduation almost brings me to my knees. Jessie, my once best friend and love of my life, ruined it all for me…for us.
I’m back in Boone…and my secret is about to rattle the tiny town.
“We Have All of Our Tomorrows”
Bellus is a new author to me so I thought I’d take a chance on this book, and I’m really glad I did. I loved this angsty, second chance story! Jules and Jessie were best friends growing up, and high school sweethearts, until Jules shares something with Jessie and he ends up breaking her heart. He goes off to college to pursue his football career and she leaves the small town of Boone, never to return again. But now her grandfather has died and her Nana needs her, so Jules returns home for the first time in five years. It takes no time at all for Jessie to realize he has a daughter, and he’s determined to do anything it takes to right his stupid mistake, win Jules back, and make a life with her.
This. This is everything an evocative, heartfelt, emotional romance read should be. I need to warn you to skip the next paragraph if you don’t want what some might consider spoilers. Personally, I don’t think this integral point is a spoiler, and I really can’t review this book without telling you about this, especially since a lot of readers love this particular trope and it would sell them on this book. If you don’t want the spoiler, pick up reading at the next ***.
In addition to a second chance between two people who never stopped loving each other, we have an adorable kid who really helps make the book. Little Whit was hilarious and larger than life (although I take exception to adults swearing around a five-year-old) and she stole the show numerous times. Although Jules struggled with being back home, Whit thrived under the attention of a new dad, his parents and Nana. Whit and Jessie were too cute for words together and she played a significant part in Jules and Jessie resolving things, as well as helping Nana move on from the death of her husband.
***The reservations and insecurities Jules had were certainly understandable, and Jessie had his work cut out for him to win her heart again. Of course the small-town gossip and the consummate mean girl didn’t help him any. Love doesn’t overcome a lack of trust, and Jules had several reasons for mistrust. Jessie might have made some mistakes, but he certainly stepped up and gave everything to convince Jules to give him another chance. I loved these two characters, and their story was so vivid and believable I felt everything right along with them, so I was definitely pulling for them to find their forever.
Between dealing with the death of a loved one and the relationship between Jules and Jessie, this book fractured my heart, but it was the poignant secondary character Max who obliterated it and turned it to dust. His part was small but pivotal and powerful, and I would love to see him have his own book one day, because it would be spectacular. His part is the icing on the cake of this wonderful, sexy, heartwarming, inspiring read that you won’t want to miss!
*I reviewed this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.