“Jamison’s promising debut…will gratify readers looking for rural charm, second chances, and tender cowboys.” – Publishers Weekly
How do you know if a first love is made to last?
Addison Monroe was eighteen when she fell for Jake Grady, a college student working on her family’s farm for the summer. With his sapphire eyes and killer smile, Jake could have had any girl in Lakeside, Georgia. But he wanted Addy, and for those brief, wonderful months—before circumstances drove them irrevocably apart—they belonged to each other.
Ten years later, Addy is engaged to a doctor and working in Atlanta as a physician’s assistant. Life feels full and satisfying. Yet memories of that long-ago summer and wine-flavored kisses are hard to shake. On a return visit to Lakeside, Addy crosses paths with Jake again, and soon finds herself at an unexpected crossroads. So much has changed, and Addy has chosen another route. And the magic of first love can never be rekindled...can it?
Small-town teen love gets a second chance in Jamison's promising debut. Addison Monroe fell hard for college student Jake Grady the summer before her senior year of high school. Jake works on her family's farm in backcountry Georgia and speedily becomes Addison's savior when a classmate makes unwanted sexual advances. The first half of the novel follows their affair through its rapid turns with all the headiness of first love, summer pleasures, and heartbreak. The second half picks up 10 years later with Addison's seemingly perfect life in Atlanta, where she has a successful career and charming fianc , Christopher. Her return home to announce her engagement is quickly complicated by an unexpected death and her reunion with Jake. Jamison flounders a bit by making Addison's suitors one-dimensional Jake is goodness personified, and Christopher is such a villain that one expects him to twirl his mustache and giving Jake's past some unnecessary unpleasantness. Her solid female characters, including Addison's grandmother and best friend, provide a good counterbalance. Jamison will gratify readers looking for rural charm, second chances, and tender cowboys.