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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.These Are the Moments by Jenny Bravo
Published by Bravo Publishing on May 26, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Romance
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You can't go back. You can't go back. You can't go back. Ten years ago, Wendy Lake fell in love with Simon Guidry, who grew up and went away. Now, not much has changed. She's back at home, back from college, almost back to normal. Until Wendy's best friend gets engaged, sending Simon ricocheting back into her life, and leaving Wendy with the questions she's been struggling to ignore. Do people ever really change? Do two people, who can never make it work, actually make it right? And most importantly, does she even want to?
Wendy and Simon fell in love as teenagers and it was epic. Cut to ten years later and their lives have taken separate paths. Both have graduated from college and while Wendy returned to her hometown, Simon took a job traveling. Now Wendy’s best friend and Simon’s best friend get engaged and as maid of honor and best man they get thrown back together. Now the question is are they meant to be or is their epic love in the past?
Wow, what a story. Please do yourself a favor and get past the first four confusing chapters and into the story. The story alternates between Then and Now with the two time frames meeting up at the wedding. The alternation of the chapters is a little disconcerting at first, but then it serves as a way to draw out the suspense. As something is getting really good it switches back and gives you more nuance as it draws you in further. Those fans of the TV show Arrow will know exactly what I am talking about. The supporting cast of characters are solidly fleshed out and serve to move the story further. Wendy’s sister Claudia in particular was extremely realized and the bond they shared was very moving. This is not the typical love story in all the right ways. I don’t want to spoil the ending but in the scope of the story it was perfect. An extremely impressive debut novel. Jenny Bravo is an author with a great deal of potential and I will happily await her next book.