One might call this a May/December romance or hurt/recovery with an excruciating slow burn. It is all that and more. I think the most important takeaway is that family is based on love, not biology.
Reed has been looking for attention in all the wrong places since childhood and the last time, the leaked sex tapes, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. In this case, the camel is his politician mother. She had him shipped off to a remote ranch in Eli, Wyoming and if he leaves before the year is up, he loses his multi-million dollar trust fund. He might have to stay but he doesn’t have to do anything else, like work.
Reed doesn’t have a clue how to respond to real emotions yet he throws his emotions all over the place and blows hot and cold.
Mona is the widow of Reed’s mother’s cousin and this isn’t her first rodeo. She doesn’t feel any allegiance to the cold-hearted politician but she is quick to identify that Reed needs her, needs the farm and needs to find himself.
A beautiful story with a building friendship between Reed and Brady, Mona’s son-from-another mother. The age difference is problematic for Brady. He is very attracted to the younger man but he has nothing to offer…or so he thinks. Perhaps he has something to learn as well.
There is a story within a story involving secondary characters; a beautiful view of recovery and love.
A tantalizing slow burn to conflagration and a resulting very satisfying conclusion.
Story 5*, Emotion 5*, Sizzle 5*. #MainelyStories #RuthieLuhnow