As kids, Clara and Boone had been each other's firsts, and no one or nothing could stand in the way of their forever. But all kids have to grow up sometime. The troubled son of the town drunk winding up with the firstborn daughter of the local royalty was a happy ending even the most imaginative of fairy tales couldn't make believable.
Their fable came to an end as most do: tragically. Boone might have done the leaving, but it was Clara who got away and made a new life for herself in California. But after seven years of dodging her hometown, she's only back in Charleston for seven days to celebrate her sister's wedding. She won't let her overbearing family or her run-in with Boone rattle her-though rattling her is obviously Boone's primary objective.
Boone is her past and her past is behind her, a mere speck in the rearview. So why does she feel it coming back every time she looks at him? Why does she see it every time he looks back?
Just when Clara's life can't possibly get more complicated, the ground shifts, and she discovers just how far her family was willing to go to keep the wrong boy out of her life. Was it really Boone who left her? Or was it Clara who left him?
The truth will be hard to face. Especially when she discovers most of her life has been built on lies.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nicole's best book! I have been trying formulate words to review this book for over two weeks, and nothing I say will do it justice. I was hooked from the start, as I am with every book she writes. But there was something different about this book too. It was a breath of fresh air from what is normally out there. She writes with such style that allows you to feel and see exactly what the characters are feeling and seeing. You are in the book. Clara and Boone were each other's first loves, but circumstances and lies led to a breakup. They both are forced to face their pasts, even though neither of them wants to. They find themselves there for each other. A book about how things aren't always what they seem and how family can sometimes hurt you more than you can imagine. A second chance at a friendship and maybe more. A healing of wounds that they didn't realize were still gapping open. It will make you laugh and make you cry. It will make you look at things in your past and wonder if what you think to be true is. Just do me a favor and read this. Thank you again Nicole for writing books that I know I will love. You are so talented.