All There Is
by Violet Duke
Series: Juniper Hills, #1
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Length: 284 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke debuts an emotional series about letting go, starting over, and trusting in the redemptive power of love.
Emma Stevens made a fresh start in the small town of Juniper Hills, but she still lives with the guilt of an impossible choice from her past: saving her sister—but leaving her stepbrother behind—in a fire that destroyed their home. The boy next door may have dragged them to safety, but he also caused the fire that devastated her family. She swore she’d never forgive him, so she’s stunned when he shows up on her doorstep.
Jake Rowan has never been able to escape the worst day of his life, when he took the fall for his older brother, who started a tragic fire. Years later, he’s carved out a life as a carpenter, but when he runs into Emma again, he’s reminded of everything he’s lost—and everything he still longs for.
Jake has never forgotten Emma, the dream girl whose life he destroyed. And she’s never stopped thinking about her first crush. As they grow closer—and old secrets are unearthed—will they be able to help each other heal, or will their hearts remain broken and burdened by the past?
Can we ever really escape our past? We try to forget it, or hide it deep within ourselves, and yet, in the end, we are unable to move forward with our lives until we willingly face it. This is Emma's dilemma. At sixteen, she lost all her teenage dreams when her stepbrother dies in a fire. She still carries the memories and the only way for her to live each day is to block the past and just live her new life.
Jake was her first teenage crush. Maybe even more than a crush, since he occupied her mind all the time when she was sixteen. Now, all these years later, to find him standing in her bakery offering his contracting services to repair her flooded business, is more than she can handle. Guilt, grief, and unresolved questions all spring up to separate them once again. Only looking in his eyes and realizing he is not the same man she thought he was makes her reconsider. Is it possible she has mistakenly judged him?
If you ever read a story about second chances and loved it, this book will make you a believer second chances come in all different guises. We judge people all the time by what we see. How often do we make the effort to find out the real truth? Are we strong enough to face the truth and not to blame others? Emotions flare, love abounds, the magic of friendship changes hearts, and a marvelous story is born. Not to be missed!
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