I enjoyed this book much more than Take a Chance. Harlow seemed to grow up a bit. To tell you the truth, she annoyed beyond belief in the prior book. I suppose that's normal for a girl like her though, naive and inexperienced. She seemed to shed the majority of her self-consciousness and was forced to grow up given the circumstances that became her new life. Grant stepped up and showed he was ready to take on the challenges ahead of him, if only Harlow would come home and let him. That brings me to my Nan thoughts...now just how many times would she be making an appearance to screw things up for them this time around?
Did Grant react poorly to the fact that Harlow was keeping her heart condition a secret from him? Sure he did. Did Harlow perhaps overreact at his reaction? Sure she did. They were both thinking about themselves and not how they could work through this together. When Harlow ran away from Grant, she took another secret with her. If all the things she was ever told were to actually be true, she knew the outcome would destroy Grant for good. Although I was pissed at what she was doing, I could see why she did it. Didn't mean I liked it any one bit, but I suppose when you're young and scared you don't think straight. I am glad, for both of them, that she had her brother at her side, or else she may have never gone back home. And once they finally returned to each other, they were forced to fight for the survival of everything their love grew into.
This story contained quite an emotional ride for all the characters in the book as well as me as a reader. Seems to be that whenever someone starts to prepare for a future they cannot yet see, I always think something really bad will happen. Sure I can always see the HEA, but a small piece of what is supposed to be part of that will be missing, and that is not ok! And that is what gets to me, all of Harlow's letters. Albeit thoughtful and considerate, still made me teary-eyed and saying NO NO NO, you don't need to do this. It'll work out, it has to! But does it all work out as it should? You'll just have to read to find out.
Now, I know a lot of readers hate, Nan, personally I like all the...lets just call it "spice" she adds to the stories. She is a spoiled brat who likes to stir up shit where ever she goes. But you may be interested to know, she did a very selfless thing here. Pretty sure she shocked a lot of the Rosemary Beach crew. Her heart isn't all black after all, thank God!
So before you pick up your copy to read, you may want to have a few tissues handy, because Abbi delivers a few punches to the gut and to the heart in this one. Happy reading!
ABBI GLINES is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found on Facebook and at AbbiGlines.com.