Summary from Goodreads:
Aspen Dwyer, recently emancipated from foster care, is searching for a place to hide from a past with secrets too dark to share. Honey Creek, Ohio, presents itself as the best place to start a new life and stay undercover. There she meets Colton Moraine, a man with strong family ties and an even stronger sense of loyalty. His boisterous, loving family welcomes Aspen with warmth she hasn’t felt in years. She’s surprised at how quickly and deeply she falls for Colton. When a dangerous criminal comes to Honey Creek, intent on his revenge against her, Aspen must choose between two options. Should she stay and risk her life and the rejection of the people she’s grown to love? Or should she run again, and leave behind any chance of a happy future?
Part of the reason I choose to review this book was it takes place in Ohio. Though I was born and raised in the northwestern part of the state, I am still partial to stories that are from "back home." It also just looked interesting from the blurb.
Aspen is a mess. She has spent many years in the foster care system, learning how to put up a wall around her. She needs to protect herself from getting emotionally hurt by getting too close to someone else. She also needs to protect her past to stay safe from harm by the one person you're supposed to be able to trust.
She thinks that a small town may be just the best place to hide, because no one will look for her there. Unfortunately, a small town is the perfect place for people to battle your emotional walls, because everyone knows everything about everyone. She has to learn how to trust people again and to love and forgive herself.
The romance between her and Colton is sweet. I have some concerns about her falling so hard for the first person she truly trusts and hope that in the long run, love can truly triumph over the emotional scarring that she has endured. His family is just what she needs, though.
The danger that threatens her is a very real one. I love how she discovers new inner strength inside herself as she battles her demons.
I read this book in one afternoon. It was enjoyable and I am interested in other stories about Honey Creek.
Also available from Turquoise Morning Press
About the Author
Suzanne Lilly writes lighthearted young adult stories with a splash of suspense, a flash of the unexplained, a dash of romance, and always a happy ending. Her debut novel was Shades of the Future in 2012 followed by Untellable in 2013. Her newest novel, A Thousand Little Secrets will be available in August, 2013.Her short stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print, and she has placed and received honorable mentions in writing contests. She lives in Northern California where she reads, writes, cooks, swims, and teaches elementary students.
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