Published by Hot Tree Publishing on May 19th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Luke’s life began when he met Lila—and in many ways, it ended when she left him. Drowning in regrets, Luke is determined to give Lila the space to be happy. The sexy, singing roofer quickly realizes, however, he really shouldn’t have let her go.
After their breakup, Lila moves back in with her family. The twenty-nine-year-old veterinarian’s transition to a life without Luke isn’t as easy as she expected. With the help of her wild Grandma Claire and her high-heel-loving sister, Maren, she starts to play the field… but she isn’t sure she’ll ever stop loving the curly-haired man from her early twenties.
Luke and Lila’s love story ended, and their individual boxes have been packed. But as they explore the single life and the dating world, both discover sometimes the love you leave behind is exactly what you need to be happy.
Lindsay Detwiler doesn’t always play the angst card, but when she does, WATCH OUT! This story grabbed me and held on. From there very opening lines I cared about this couple in distress and loved being a part of their journey. Luke and Lila are a young, unmarried couple at a cross roads. The opening of a story begins with their ending and thus I found myself on pins and needles, hoping I’d determine that they should and could have a second chance.
Told in alternate voices, we experience their breakup from both their perspectives. What follows is the slow rebuilding of themselves as individuals, finding out who they are, without eahc other. It’s a painful process, and as regret seeps in they both find themselves wondering if they make the right choice by dividing up the contents of their apartment, by saying goodbye.
As Lila moves home to her parents house, and Luke in with an old friend, they both reflect on the years they had together and what they face in trying to move on. We slowly come to learn what it was that was the deciding factor in their split, something I think most of us can relate to. I was both sad and elated as Lila dips her feet into the dating pool and Luke finds himself letting loose a bit and revisiting his passion. Both learn valuable lessons about what they want from life.
There’s a strong message about the compromises we make for the people we love. Are you giving up something to get more and is it really about that? Detwiler challenges the notion and delivers a subtle yet powerful love story at the same time.
“Soul mates are built in the details, and those details follow you no matter where you go.”
My heart ached for them, and Detwiler writes in away that makes you FEEL with them, leaving no doubt as to the depth of the heartache. What I love is that both of them feel responsible for how they ended up “…that far a part”. So much that they couldn’t easily bridge the gap, that it might take being apart to be together.
There’s a gaggle of secondary characters that insert themselves into their lives, all with good intention. I struggled a bit with her sister waxing and waning with her advice, but I get that she’s there to make Lila feel about her decision. Luke has less of a support system, but the ones he finds are exactly what he needs, with everyone’s favorite waitress Dot dosing out the reality of what he needs to recognize.
“And when you find someone who fits you, someone who makes you happy, you hang on to it like it’s a one-of-a-kind flavor of doughnut. And when it crumbles, you pick up the crumbs and put it back together. That’s what you two need to do.”
This is truly a beautiful story about making the right concessions and giving love a second chance.
5 Stars and recommendation!
Lindsay’s hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.