IAN Book of the Year Awards Women's Fiction Finalist
Heartbreaking and redemptive, Annie's story reveals the strength of her spirit, the healing power of unconditional love, and the potential of unexpected relationships to teach us to accept ourselves.
When Annie returns to the town where she grew up after twelve years, she plans to house-sit for her mother and take a much-needed break from her stressful job and worsening anxiety. But revisiting the past is never straightforward, and she soon discovers that she can no longer run from the things she's tried so hard to leave behind.
Her ex-boyfriend Rob, the once-love of her life, is still living in her hometown, and Annie barely has time to process what seeing him again could mean before another surprising figure appears on her friend and mentor's doorstep. Suddenly, Annie's quiet sabbatical has turned into a whirlwind of traumatic memories and new romance, and the responsibility of navigating her PTSD without burdening anyone else in her life threatens to overwhelm her.
But even flawed love can help us to heal in unexpected ways, if we can only learn to accept it. Annie's journey will keep readers glued to the page, brimming with compassion and rooting for her to find the love and peace she deserves.