“For every teenage girl who has made a mistake and those who had no one to believe in them. May you find strength in yourself and realize you are strong enough. This too shall pass, and you’ll become a woman of strength. Hang in there.” – 4/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: friendship, football championships, car rides, applesauce, baby strollers, missing cats, affairs, rape, Alzheimer’s, teenage pregnancy, lies, fantastic mothers, cute baby and blonde curls.
Two years ago, Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape, everyone called her a liar and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s.
Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most.
When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid.
But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?
I don’t feel exactly the same way I did when I read this from the first time, but from all the three books so far, Brady is still probably my favorite of the boys. I love how different he was from his friends, and did not want to hide the fact he was seeing Riley regularly. He did what he thought was right without thinking how the other guys and the rest of the town would see them being friends. He wasn’t scared of other people’s reactions.
Just like the other female characters of the previous books, I really liked how strong Abbi made Riley. She obviously went through a lot in the past and she is not a regular 17 year-old girl anymore. It is very sad that nobody believed a 15 year old teenager when she said she was raped, and she had to move out of Lawton to have her baby. Just like Maggie and Willa, she doesn’t like drama (which I appreciate) and is very mature for her age. Also, it was nice to see that Maggie and Willa were very friendly and nice to her, and they wanted to be friends. They made a great friend group.
One of the things I thought was a bit weird is how Bryony behaved during the book. For a 15-month old child I think she was a bit… overdeveloped. But I don’t know… maybe it’s just me? I think if she was a bit older, her dialogue would make more sense.
There were some shocking elements in the book – especially regarding Brady and Rhett – that I wasn’t expecting, but I really liked how things turned out.
At this point, I don’t think I could pick a favorite book in this series because I really liked all of them so far, but it would definitely be between the first book or this one.
I reread this for the second time and I still liked it: the romance was good and the story is classic Abbi Glines (which I love)! Incredibly bingeable and so easy and fun to read. Recommend it!