MARY LOU GEORGE
February 11 2014
Rating: 5 Cups
No one knows the pain and embarrassment of having it all and still feeling empty like Sloan Ridgeway. She graces most tabloids with headlines on a regular basis. The paparazzi can not seem to keep up with her. She keeps running from something, but she can not figure out what. From one engagement to another, she seems to not be able to find the Real Deal. Her closest friend, Jean, calls her to get her moral support with her first pregnancy and to remind Sloan of what she has been missing: real hometown cooking, laughter, and loving.
For years, Mac Watson has been in pain over his sister's death, all caused by the careless girl he once gave his heart to, Sloan. He knew it was trouble for him and his dad, Seth, when he was told Sloan was back in town. He braces himself and hopes he can keep his dad calm when and if they finally cross her path. The whole town knows about the anger and hatred they have for the spoiled, destructive woman Sloan has now become.
Sloan does not expect to have her celebrity status be accepted back home in Kentucky, but the gossip, rumors, and threats were a bit much for her even though she had dealt with far worse from tabloids and her recent, highly-publicized broken engagement. She starts caring for abused, withering away animals that were neglected as soon as she comes home, but she knows she can not keep them alive without the best animal assistance the town has: Seth and Mac. But this time Sloan can not weasel her way into their hearts. What was done twelve years ago has left a wedge bigger than she imagined. Mac is trying to be fair as he is reminded by one of his teen helpers that to forgive and move on is the best way. However, who ever said that did not have the love of his life kill his sister. What to do when you have nowhere to hide and you can go crazy as you try to unveil the truth?
Mac and Sloan have a sizzling fire that several years away from each other cannot put out. Sloan grows an attachment to saving the malnourished horse she names Destiny, but it is really those caring for the expecting horse that need to be brought back to life and given some hope. As they rescue the animals from their abusive owner, can these people rescue themselves from the chains of years of neglect and negativity they have lived? This book never has a dull moment as events unravel into a drama throughout the novel. It seems there is much more to Sloan that will shock even those closest to her. With her mom long gone, she still has her mom's closest friend, Lindy, who will help restore faith in herself and reach out to those who will put the missing pieces of the puzzle Sloan needs to get her memory back from the fatal accident. Being home and confronting her past will do the rest. This book gets 5 cups for such an amazing beginning to finish. I can't find any flaws with this book. It will have you blushing and fanning more times than you can count!
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More