Published by Small Publisher
Released on February 28, 2017
Those tender years of first loves and disappointments and putting one’s self out there to try again are still very much at the back of my mind years later, giving me a connection to the heroine of this short, but emotionally engaging story.
So, this was an unusual story for me. Usually if I read one involving a cheater, it’s the catalyst that leads to the heroine moving on with the rest of her story or it’s the explanation why a relationship breaks up. This was one of the few I’ve read of the attempt to make a go of it afterwards.
Zoe discovers the guy she loves has cheated on her. She decides to forgive him. And the ensuing story is what happens when people try to work through a relationship that has been touched by cheating. The characters are mostly college age so their youth plays a part in a story that takes place mostly over the spring break period with a circle of friends in a beach town.
My heart ached for Zoe. Her feelings were all over the place when it comes to her boyfriend. Caution and anger and hurt are still there even if she made the decision to forgive and try to repair. The title is right in that she was optimistic that what can be broken is not beyond fixing even if her family and friends think she’s setting herself up for more pain. I thought the same and I saw there was a great deal of denial going on, but I couldn’t fault her for wanting to at least make sure before she let love go.
The ending is open, leaving room for something further in Zoe’s life though there is a resolution to this one. I would be interesting to see Zoe a few years later. I would actually categorize this as a non-traditional romance with no simple HEA waiting at the end. It will be for those who enjoy deeply emotional New Adult Contemporary.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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