That moment your life changes.That moment that changes your life.That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.Some things never change and love is one of them.
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Another win for Aurora!
Wide Open Spaces was a little more poignant than is usually found in an Aurora Rose Reynolds’ book. But, it only serves to prove what depth she has as a writer. The plot is heartbreaking in some spots, but it’s completely worth it when you reach the warm and fuzzy happily ever after.
Shelby and Zach are forced to make an incredibly difficult decision when they are young and, in my opinion, they choose the option that comes from a true place of love and unselfishness. They know that as young as they are, and in their current life situation, their child will have everything it deserves by giving the gift of a family to a couple who long for it, but cannot achieve it on their own.
As someone who has struggled for many years to have children, this was not always an easy read for me. But, I was so moved by their sacrifice and even more, I was proud of them for not interfering and letting that child grow up without the confusion of “birth parents” in his life, until he chooses if or when to seek them out.
Love is as fragile as it is strong. I know that’s a complete contradiction, but it all comes down to circumstances. It’s a force to be reckoned with but for Shelby and Zach, while the love still lingered, the internal struggle kind of imploded and turned to something ugly and bitter. I understood why they fell apart, and as much as I disagreed with Shelby’s choice, I am on the outside looking in. The reader always sees the big picture, but the characters are human and make the same mistakes that we do in real life.
Zach made a stupid decision after Shelby left, but it resulted in something beautiful, two somethings. Shelby fell into an illusion, hoping to find what she could have had with Zach if things had been different. In the end, they were both shaped by the path they walked, but fate brought them back together again.
The heat between these two was off the charts and had me squirming in my seat. Nothing new for this author, I’m always burning from the sparks flying off of the pages.
It was so much fun to be able to visit with the characters from Fighting to Breathe for a brief moment as well. There are always a host of complex characters in this author’s books, ones to love and ones to hate.
I do feel like there could have been a little more external conflict to the story. I appreciated Shelby and Zach’s internal struggles and loved the fact that there wasn’t too much angst when it came to meshing their two families. But, in some ways, it made it just a little too easy. Don’t get me wrong, the exes are a problem, but the solution seemed to work itself out a little too quickly and it bordered on being just a smidge too unrealistic.
However, that one little blip on my radar in no way diminishes my opinion of this book. Aurora has captivated me once more and I’ve added another of her books to my re-read shelf!