Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Publisher: Lake Union
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
All it takes is one wrong turn to change a life. One moment perfect, the next moment shattered.
When Clay gets a call that is wife Jess has been involved in a vehicular accident, he races from Los Angeles to the Victorian home in northern California that his wife has been converting to a bed and breakfast. Due to the impact of the accident, she is currently in a coma. Things might go easier when he sees his daughters, Maddie and Jilly, except that he hasn’t talked to them in almost two years. Clay has been recovering from alcoholism and after rehab for the third time planned to make it stick because he couldn’t lose his family, but in the end, he almost did anyway. Maddie is twelve and is angry with him and scared. Jilly is seven and doesn’t remember him enough to be angry. Can the stress of this situation keep him from turning back to the bottle? What if Jess never wakes up? All because of one wrong turn.
Okay, so I was hooked after the first chapter. A few short hours later, I was done. That’s just how good this book is and how well written it is. Sletten knows how to garner an emotional response from me that makes me keep reading to find out what is going to happen. Even when one of the main characters has a debilitating problem that is destroying his or her life, you just have to keep reading. It’s painful to watch this because you can tell what is about to happen, but you just must keep going. You can’t help it as a reader. In this case, it happened twice. The back story for Clay was necessary, but just so sad to keep continuing. But Jess always had a ton of love for him. But the most difficult to watch was Maddie’s transition in present day. To realize that the story she had made up about her father wasn’t true and to finally she her walls crumble.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure how this was going to play out. I was prepared for a broken heart as a reader at the end, but still had hope for a miracle. If you want to know what happened, you are just going to have to read it yourself!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.