Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published By: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Release Date: August 27, 2016
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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.
Wide Open Spaces captured me from the beginning. It isn't the same run-of-the-mill romance story, yet, at the same time it is. Girl loves guy. Guy loves girl. Girl leaves town. Girl returns years later and falls back into love with guy. Ta da, the end. But, this story also had more to it.
Shelby has a son, Hunter, from her last marriage. Zach has two kids, twins, Steven and Aubrey, from his last marriage. Of course, none of this is counting the son they gave up for adoption years before, the son that still tugs at their hearts, the son that ripped them apart when they gave him up for adoption. Their son, Samuel, still plays a large part in their story many years later. Joining the kids together, the adults together, creating a new mixed family is a great part of the story. Dealing with visitation rights, child support, weekend visits, etc., is another part of the story that most others don't include. Ms. Reynolds introduced the reader to a glimpse of the family life where every parent, including the step-or-soon-to-be-step-parent, has a part. No one was written out because the author didn't want to deal with the fiddly details. I adore this about Ms. Reynolds' writing.
I loved that the story takes place in Alaska, a change up from the normal venue of most of the books I've read lately. This created a different atmosphere, different lifestyle for the plot.
However, at the end of the story, I didn't feel it. I wasn't as impressed any longer. Where was the climax? (Outside of Shelby's which happened on cue every.single.time.) It was obvious from the very beginning that Shelby and Zach were going to get back together. It was obvious the children all loved each other, creating no turmoil. The ending was not a surprise either. If there had been strife, questions, a big deal, etc., about the situation at the end during the story, then maybe it would have created a better ending. I was waiting for a dramatic happening, but it never happened. I needed more from the story. It felt as though Ms. Reynolds had an idea, wanted to write out sex scenes (did every encounter have to be written out? Could the wordage ever change?), but had no way to build up the story for a finale.
But, the story didn't bore me. I do like her writing style, so I give it 4 feathers.
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author Aurora Rose Reynolds started writing so that the over the top alpha men that lived in her head would leave her alone. When she's not writing or reading she spends her days with her very own real life alpha who loves her as much as the men in her books love their women and their Great Dane Blue that always keeps her on her toes.
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