Fate took Cassandra down a path she never expected.
Then a small town in Colorado gave her exactly what she needed—until tragedy left her heartbroken and devastated. Alone with only her child and her memories, Cassie struggled to put her life back together, one day at a time, piece by piece. Finding love again was something she never thought possible. That was, until she ran into an unlikely stranger who flipped her entire world on its axis.
Aidan had a secret locked away in his heart; one that would surely send Cassie running the second she discovered it. He held onto her closely and kept his secret guarded, but one careless mistake could reveal all.
Their friendship was strong, their moments beautiful, and the love that brewed between them intense—something neither denied. The only problem? Cassie was slowly letting him into her life. Could she let herself get close to the one person she didn’t think she should?
Her mind tells her to run, but her heart tells her to stay.
3.5 stars – Worth a Reader’s time
I struggled with how to rate this book, I really did.
On one hand, I loved it. It’s an emotional read that is by turns both heartbreaking and joyful. You get to see people grow and get past the issues that are holding them back and take huge steps forward in life.
On the other hand, there were times when I had to make myself keep reading. There were occasions in the story where it really felt like we had drama just for the sake of drama and in those moments, I found it hard to relate to and like the characters involved. There were a couple of secondary characters that I’m honestly not sure were even needed in the story, they really didn’t add anything, and in at least one situation contributed to some of the extra dramatics.
I had to remind myself several times that Cassie, our heroine, is only 22 and Aidan (the hero) not too much older. Some of the drama and moments that had me shaking my head can easily be attributed to age and the unusual set of circumstances they find themselves dealing with.
Overall, this is definitely a book worth reading. Be aware though, that this is not really a standalone book. If you read it without reading Away first, you will be missing a lot of important background information.