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. . .
“Sarah Hegger's voice is rich and witty and in a word, addictive.”--Terri Osburn, author of the bestselling Anchor Island series
Hegger's contemporary series launch barely qualifies as a romance. Instead, it focuses on accurately depicting the difficulties of doing the ninth of AA's 12 steps ("make direct amends wherever possible") when everyone you know is stuck in the same destructive, puerile thoughts and behaviors they've had for a decade. Except for protagonist Lucy Flint's commitment to her sobriety, nothing in Hegger's characters would make a reader root for them, or even believe in their lasting happiness. With only the phone support of her sponsor, Mads, back in Seattle, Lucy returns home to Willow Park, Ill., to make her amends. She finds her father still abusive, her mother still codependent, and her old room untouched, like a shrine. Richard Hunter, the boyfriend she drunkenly abandoned several years before, has become her family's doctor, moved in next door, and married her best friend, Ashley. But Ashley leaves him because of his continued obsession with Lucy, and as soon as Lucy comes home, she and Richard hook up again. The reunited lovers attract some unsurprisingly mean gossip, but even from their own perspectives, they're clearly recapitulating high school rather than growing into anything new. Entirely unsatisfying.
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felt plausible and real, and ended with a hopeful tone
I’ve read an historic title from this author, and was curious to see just what Sarah Hegger would do with a contemporary romance, and Nobody’s Angel seemed like a good place to start.
This was not, by any scope of the imagination a light read, but sometimes life isn’t all unicorns and rainbows, and Hegger does detail a story that is full of the unsavory honesty that is a life full of mistakes.
Lucy has returned to her hometown to help her mother, after leaving in the midst of scandal and devastation when she was younger. A recovering alcoholic, she was wildly out of control and her own issues and bad behaviors put her firmly on the outs with everyone in town. On her return, people are expecting more of the same behavior and meanness, but while I didn’t love Lucy, I did admire the choices to face her mistakes and missteps head on without excuses.
Richard, the boy who had a major crush on Lucy years ago is still in town, and still has feelings for her, even buried under layers of anger. In the midst of a marriage that is falling apart, he starts out trying to reconcile, even with the idea that Lucy is back on his mind. I would have liked him to have had a more solid conclusion to the marriage before taking up with Lucy and exploring their potential together, but that too is not always realistic.
Other characters that gave a peek into Lucy’s early years and the damage she wrought when last in town helped to show just how out of control she was, and the appearance of her parents helped to bring understanding to her personality. What dislikable and mean people they are, it’s not a justification of her behavior, but certainly helps readers to understand her better.
There were moments where the story danced on the line of too much for me: the parents were over the top horrid, the townspeople were solidly harsh and unforgiving and Richard was almost dotingly immature in his reactions at first. Most of these sorted out or were easily forgiven as the characters of Lucy and Richard started to come together with new understanding and maturity as both have grown significantly. A darker and more emotionally depressing romance than I initially expected, the story felt plausible and real, and ended with a hopeful tone.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Awesome Love Story
Never a dull moment. Heartfelt story of a love meant to be.
Light up the fireplace, get real comfy, and go on this journey with Richard and Lucy. Oh wait! Don't forget the Kleenex!!!