Title: Me After You
Series: Willowhaven #1
Author: Mindy Hayes
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Itching for Books Tours
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Widowed at twenty-five, Sawyer Hartwell has no choice but to return to her hometown. Broke and alone, the intention was to heal and find herself again, but how can she heal in a place filled with so much sorrow and memories she yearns to forget?
Dean Preston has regretted leaving Willowhaven since the day he rode off on his motorcycle six years ago, destroying the only love he had ever known. Returning too late, he’s found small comfort in a new life with Lily, but with Sawyer back he’s not sure of anything anymore.
The time has come for Sawyer and Dean to face the past, to learn from their mistakes. The road to healing is paved with old wounds, each one threatening to tear them down completely. Carrying their own scars close to their hearts, they must both confront what’s gone before or lose their second chance.
The measure of who we are is what we survive. Who we become is up to us.
WHAT I THOUGHT
This was a sweet book. Kind of a weird way to categorize this one I know. Long lost love, being a widow at 23. But it was kind of a sad book at the same time.
See, it was kind of that bad boy in love with the good girl book, but you really don’t even get that many elements of that. It was truly a relationship book. The book focused on Sawyer, who, when she lived in Willowhaven was totally in love with Dean. But Dean never felt totally worthy of Sawyer, so he left and Sawyer had to get on with her life.
Fast forward six years and Sawyer is back in Willowhaven and putting her life back together after the brutal death of her husband and running into her ex all over the small town.
I really liked the readability of this book. I sat down and read this one in about two and a half hours. Again, it was focused on the relationships that Sawyer had. It is told in alternating viewpoints between Dean and Sawyer with flashbacks to the past to fill us in on the stories that had happened. I enjoyed the sequencing and the pace of the story. I found it easy to follow and well told.
I also loved the side characters of Aiden and Alix or Felix as Sawyer calls her. The tension between them is great and I can’t wait to read the book between them!
Overall the book is fun and cute and just a great story!
Top 10 Bookish Resolutions.
Ah… the new year… time for Resolutions. I will do better with my bookish resolutions this year!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
1. to keep up with netgalley and edelweiss books better
I get to carried away with requesting books here. and there are some AMAZING books that I request. Then I get caught up in all kinds of other stuff and don’t get them read and reviewed. Bad!
2. to work on returning library books on time
I am horrible at this.
3. keep up with my reading challenges
last year i did a great job of reading the books, just not so great about updating my challenge pages. I had a lot of work at the end of the year!
4. do a lot of the back work on the blog
i discovered this awesome plugin that is so useful for bloggers that tracks books and and makes my index for me! trouble is I need to go back through my old reviews and put in the info!
5. read more out of my comfort zone
i need to read more than just contemporary ya. that is my fav! But I love when i read other stuff, so I need to do it more.
6. read more of the books on my shelf
not buy any more books until i read more on my shelf
7. read more of my e-books!
see number 6!
8. find/start a book club
i need more motivation to read adult books. a book club would be AWESOME!
9. get my posts up ahead of time!
as i post this one late… whoops!
10. read 250 books in 2014
last year i read 232, so i think i can easily manage 250 this year if i put my mind to it. i think!
what are your book resolutions for 2014?