Title: A Risk Worth Taking
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Source: e ARC from author
When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.
Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.
Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations.
Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.
When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.
What started out as a really slow read ended up begin really great. The first half of the book is all about Summer and being mad at her mother for walking out on her father and making herself a whole new life in the city. This whole time she thought her parents were happy and still in love after all those years of marriage. But apparently that isn't so. This time frame is also where she is introduced to Ford. She tries her hardest to thwart his advances while trying to get used to being back home and working for her father.
Being back home wasn't in her plans she had made for herself many years ago. But sometimes all it takes is one moment in time to mess up all your plans and leave you sitting and wondering what to do now. And taking risks is not something Summer has ever done. She likes to know that things have their place and plans need to be made. But when free spirited Ford comes into her life she realizes that sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone and see there are risks worth taking.
The second half is where the story took off. From that point on the story really came to life for me. And seeing Ford and Summer melt into each other was amazing. Who would have thought these two would end up together? Ford wants to see the world and take adventures while Summer is more of the planning type. But I was pleasantly surprised with these two. I loved their story once they actually came together. Over the course of the summer, both were changing and they didn't even know it.
I am not sure what Hildenbrand's intentions are with this book or if she plans to make it a series, but I wouldn't argue if she did plan to go in that direction. I would love to see Casey's story told as well.
Fantastic coming of age story. Fantastic story of finding yourself. Fantastic story of finding your adventure in anything...and anyone.
These moments she didn't see me watching, when she let her guard down and relaxed, were my favorite.
We stood there, breathing in unison, swaying back and forth in a slow dance. I moved when she moved. In this moment, we were one.
AMAZON B&N (Hopefully coming soon)
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she's not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she's lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.
Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she'd grab is her DVR player.
Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means “to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire.” This is something Accendo strives to do inside a reader’s imagination with every title released. For a complete list of titles and author bios, visit www.accendopress.com
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