Willow Park Romance # 1
Willow Park Romance # 1
By: Sarah Hegger
Releasing March 31st, 2015
In this evocative new series from author Sarah Hegger, a woman returns home after a long absence—and wonders if two wrongs really can make a right...
Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father—and it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.
Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long—make that very long—list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made…
Sometimes I like to go into a book completely blind as I did with this book. I really had absolutely no idea what to think about this book before I started reading it. I haven't read anything by this author before reading this book and I am not even sure that I read the blurb before I signed up for the blog tour. I think my entire decision to read this book came from the fact that it is start of a new series and I liked the cover. I hate to admit that I often make a decision to read a book based on the cover despite the fact that I can still hear my mother telling me to "never judge a book by its cover" many times during my childhood.
I knew that this was a romance and I really expected it to be of the light and fluffy variety that I seem to be reading a lot lately. Imagine my surprise when this book turned out to be anything but light and fluffy. I didn't realize this book would focus on such difficult issues and I found myself really sucked into the story quite quickly. I really had a hard time even putting this book down for even a minute. There was just something about Lucy that really got to me.
Lucy is a recovering alcoholic and she has returned home to Willow Park to help her mother and face her past. Lucy was a wild teenager and has quite the reputation in her hometown which is why she hasn't been back since the day she left so many years ago. Lucy has changed and wants to help her mother deal with her father. She also wants to make amends for all the harm she has caused in this town as part of her recovery.
Richard is the boy that Lucy loved during her teen years. She broke his heart when she left town with someone else nine years ago. Richard is now a doctor and he actually treats Lucy's parents among others. He bought the house next door to her parents and even shovels their driveway. Richard is simply a nice guy.
I really connected with Lucy in this book. I made a few decisions as a teen that I am not proud of and I couldn't imagine what it would be like to still be facing judgement for them today. Lucy didn't try to make excuses and was willing to take responsibility for her actions. The more I learned about Lucy the more I liked her. I really liked Richard in this book as well. He was obviously crushed when Lucy left and he still carries a lot of anger and feeling for her.
There were a couple of things that I did have some issues with in this book. I really wish that Richard's divorce had been final before the story started. At the beginning of the story he was still trying to make his marriage work. Even though his wife had left and didn't want to reconcile, I still don't care the idea that he was still married. The other issue that I had was Lucy's parents. They were both just really horrible people. I can completely understand how Lucy would have looked for attention outside of the home during her teen years. I think that these two characters were a bit overdone in this story and they became hard to read about. There were just too many scenes that focused on her horrible parents for my taste.
I really found this to be a wonderful book. I was able to put my two issues aside and really enjoy the story for what it was. Nothing in this book was expected and I loved that. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a contemporary romance that deals with some tougher issues. This is the first book by Sarah Hegger that I have read and I look forward to reading the next book in this series as soon as possible.
I received a copy of this book from Kensington Publishing Group - Zebra via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe-trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
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