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FOR THE LONGEST TIME
Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Castle takes a break from demons to begin the Harvest Cove series, which starts off with a really good treatment of the high-school-misfit-comes-home trope. Not only is this a lovely romance, but it shows the lifelong scars bullying can leave, and the way our memories can be selective.
Sam Henry has no other choice but to return home to the small town where she was bullied during high school. The sight of her loving mother, still as free spirited as ever, as well as the warm smells of the kitchen, makes her remember the good parts of her childhood. But one bittersweet memory is front and center: when popular jock Jake Smith broke her heart. Jake is now the town vet, still living happily in the same town with his old friends. But he has never forgotten the misfit who intrigued him back in high school. When Sam comes back, he would like to renew their friendship, or whatever it was, but he also remembers how his friends treated her. Will Sam give him a chance? (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Jul., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Bunny Callahan
Publisher: SIGNET ECLIPSE
Published: July 2014