My heart belonged to Branch and Brooks Valentine since we were children, when we were all too naïve to know what that even meant. We didn’t understand that when we became adults, love would change us. I had to make a choice and when I did, it ripped our bond apart. Brooks left town, and he took half of my heart with him. It was difficult, but I coped and planned my future with Branch. I thought I’d made the right decision. I loved him and I always had.
That’s where my story should have ended.
I’m Katy Michaels and this is my story.
Katy is hit by tragedy at a young age, which alters the course of her life. However, life moves on. As Katy grows up she loses her “first love”, but finds love again in the arms of one of her best friends. Being unable to forget her first love causes quite a few issues in that relationship. On the eve of making the biggest commitment of her life Katy reconnects with her first love. Unable to handle the fall out, Katy runs as far as she can go.
Running generally doesn’t solve your problems, it only adds a few more. That’s exactly what happens with Katy. She’s making the best of it, though, raising her young family and relishing the souvenirs she has from her first love. Once again fate intervenes and Katy’s first love is reconnected to her life. He’s in Afghanistan and they begin writing letters and falling more in love. (I have to admit the whole letter writing bit didn’t ring true for me. During all 5 of my husband’s deployments he had access to email. I could understand her sending the first letter, but email sure is a lot quicker and you don’t have to hover over the mailbox, but I digress.)
Life is okay and almost happy when fate grants Katy her most fervent wish. When the opportunity for a once in a lifetime love is put before her Katy knows she can’t turn her back on it again. Her husband has other plans. He doesn’t want to let their life together go.
Reviewed by Liz