Kendall Brooks has an impossible decision: Tell the truth or protect the lie?
She has buried herself in years of undergrad, medical school, and now her residency–hoping to leave behind what she is unable to face.
Her world is rocked to the core when she returns to her small hometown and runs smack dab into her first love, Adam McCoy.
Adam is the key. He stirs up old emotions that send Kendall spiraling back in time, remembering all the moments that led them to her ultimate deception.
Will revealing the truth of what transpired all those years ago provide her the self-forgiveness that she desperately craves or will her devastating secret destroy the only man she has ever truly loved, shattering her heart in its wake?
I stood at the cold dark water’s edge, my reflection staring back at me from the glasslike surface. The reflection of a girl that I no longer knew. I breathed in the overwhelming scent of pine and recognized the tranquility that surrounded me. The soft hum of the city in the distance, the echo of an eagle’s cry overhead, the steady drum of my heart—the only sounds that could be heard in the quiet serenity that was present all around me.
Inside an entirely different scene existed. Whirling thoughts, like hurricane-force winds, blew through my mind while a dark, thunderous storm was raging inside my soul, cutting the power to the central organ of my existence—my heart. I was destined to weather this storm on my own. After all, like Mother Nature, I was the controlling force behind these conditions.
I threw a stone into the mirrored surface of the water before me and watched the small circular wave expand from the point where it broke through the stillness.
It was hard not to think of the stone as the choice I had made, the choice that inevitably created waves in the smooth waters of my life. The first lie, like the first ripple in the water, seemed so small but quickly became more significant. Each wave growing in size and depth, impossible to stop. The effect from that one choice spread through my life like the ripple moving across the surface of the water.
I longed for the stillness
REVIEW BY SUE ELLEN
Love this cover because of the way the colors blend into each other. Can you truly ever leave the past in the past? Usually no, it always has a way of catching up to you especially whenever you go back to a small town. Kendell thought things would be different this time after all those years of leaving everything behind and making something of herself, but she was wrong when she returned and ran into the love of her life Adam (whom she thought she had let her feelings go of). The characters where young during those times and of course thought that they knew what was best, or so Kendell did. Years later she has returned. The author has brought her back for one reason which is tragic but could lead to reopening a new hope. However, will the truth destroy everything that the Kendell worked to keep locked up or will it make it stronger.
I loved these characters because we all were young at one time and probably have done things that we thought were for the better or because we “were right” however it hurt someone else in the end. The emotions are so high in this book that I didn’t want to put it down because I felt like I was right there and felt each emotions that they were going through. The author brought in details to help you with just enough emotions that they were not overpowering but kept you hooked onto wanting to know what they would do next. And let me tell you she had me hooked through the heartbreaking and also the heartwarming of it all. This book had it all for me the laughs, the tears, the love, and the steaminess!!!!
Can Adam and Kendell forgive each other for what happened in the past and work for a future? Read it I promise you will not be disappointed this is definitely a book I recommend and will want to read again in the future.
Meet the Author
L.D. Cedergreen has always enjoyed writing. It started as short stories, and later developed into poetry–some of which has been published–and now her first full-length novel. She’s a vivid day dreamer, a passionate reader, and a fan of all music.
She is a small town girl at heart. Originally from Washington State, she now resides in Southern California with her husband and two little ones. As much as she would like to call herself a beach girl, she is–without a doubt– grounded by her small town roots.