Sixteen years ago Carly Hargrove made a decision that would irrevocably alter her life. With little comprehension of the life-long consequences of her actions, she trades her own future happiness to protect the man she's loved since kindergarten, David Montgomery.
With an ocean separating them, Carly builds a life for herself without David. She's the mother of three, lives in a beautiful house, and is married to a man who comes home every night—even if most of those nights he drinks too much. What more could she want?
Her answer arrives on a cold fall day when David shows up at her door. In town for his father's funeral, he has come to see Carly one last time, hoping to rid himself of the anger that still consumes him.
Instead, he is drawn into a web of secrets that rekindles the fierce need he once felt to protect Carly. He becomes caught up in her life in a way he never could have imagined—a way that will bind him to her forever. (Goodreads)
If you like character-driven novels, you definitely have to give this one a try. You'll love Carly and probably hate Ethan (at least I did), and become totally invested in their story. There's a little bit of mystery intwined with the front-and-center focus of family, which was nice.
I really enjoyed the display of consequences Carly's decision made -- even to people she didn't realize would be touched by it. Her story had me hooked from the very beginning and kept me to the end.
Georgia Bockoven did a great job at creating characters I cared about and a plot I was interested in. Well done!
Thank you to TLC Book Tours for the review copy!