After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home—a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work—something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.
Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.
Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along—if only she’d just look up.
I saved this book for my vacation because I anticipated really enjoying this book! I was expecting a fun, lighthearted, contemporary romance, and while it delivered in all those areas, I didn’t expect to identify so much with the characters. You cannot walk away from this book without taking a hard look at your priorities. Lane struggles to be present in the moment, and to disconnect from work. She pours herself into her job because she is trying to get validation and acceptance.You can literally feel the stress and tension leaping off the pages with every chime and tweet from Lane’s cell phone. Lane and Ryan both deal with things from their past that end up shaping their views and how they approach life. I don’t think you can read this book and not completely love Ryan’s character. He is the guy who noticed and loved the girl before she loved herself. Reading about Ryan’s past and what he had to overcome was so heartbreaking, but it gave me such an appreciation for who he had become in spite of his past. I loved getting a glimpse of Lane and Ryan’s childhood through memories and seeing how different their perception was of the same situations. I loved this book and loved that it had depth that I wasn’t expecting. It is a definite must read!