This was such a sweet story! Emma and her sister, Megan, moved to Juniper Hills to start over. No one there knew them as fire victims and they could lead a normal life. They were making a way in their community and enjoyed their small town. However, Emma took the effects of the fire the hardest. Jake has struggled with what happened all those years ago and has struggled with his family as well. Neither one of them have forgotten the other and when they run into each other again, the past is standing right in front of them. They have to figure out how to overcome many things and it's a sad and sweet story!
I enjoyed the adult versions of themselves getting to know one another, even though Emma's way of looking at things is a little skewed, it's the only way she can cope. Their chemistry is palpable through the pages and that sexual tension is thick through most of this book, as they take the time to get to know each other first. I was easily and quickly lost in their story and I highly recommend it!
**ARC provided by NetGalley for my honest review**
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke debuts an emotional series about letting go, starting over, and trusting in the redemptive power of love.
Emma Stevens made a fresh start in the small town of Juniper Hills, but she still lives with the guilt of an impossible choice from her past: saving her sister—but leaving her stepbrother behind—in a fire that destroyed their home. The boy next door may have dragged them to safety, but he also caused the fire that devastated her family. She swore she’d never forgive him, so she’s stunned when he shows up on her doorstep.
Jake Rowan has never been able to escape the worst day of his life, when he took the fall for his older brother, who started a tragic fire. Years later, he’s carved out a life as a carpenter, but when he runs into Emma again, he’s reminded of everything he’s lost—and everything he still longs for.
Jake has never forgotten Emma, the dream girl whose life he destroyed. And she’s never stopped thinking about her first crush. As they grow closer—and old secrets are unearthed—will they be able to help each other heal, or will their hearts remain broken and burdened by the past?