“Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder looking more beautiful than ever standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.”
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That moment your life changes.
That moment that changes your life.
That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.
That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.
There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.
When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.
Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.
Some things never change and love is one of them.
REVIEW by Heather Mc:
Wide Open Spaces is the 2nd book in the Shooting Stars Series and it can be read as a stand alone, you will have no problem with the story or character development if you did not read the first book.
In Wide Open Spaces we meet Zach Watters and Shelby Calder, Zach is a single father of twins, Steven and Aubrey, and Shelby is a newly divorced mothers of Hunter. Zach and Shelby knew each other a long time ago and share a past and connection in which left a wide open space in their hearts for the last 15 years. The prologue and first few chapters of this novel may have been the most heartbreakingly beautiful words I’ve ever read. I felt their pain, I felt their heartache, I felt their resolve, its seriously the best work of Mrs Reynolds to date. What do you do when you love someone so deeply that you know you have to let them go so they have a better life then you are able to give? What do you do when in doing that you break your own heart beyond repair? How do you move forward? Can you even do that? When you realize you can’t move forward and you know you need to go away to be able to breathe and you leave everyone you love. Only 15 years later you are now newly divorced single mother and your grandfather, the only family you have has passed away. He has left you his home, your home. It's a sign, it's a new start for you and your son and it is time to return home. Only the last thing you expect when you walk up to your new start, your old home is to see the love of your life living next door. And he is not alone, he has 2 children, children you believe he chose when he wasn’t able to give you that a short time before they were born. Old feelings resurface and you realize he is the same man but even better than when you were younger and his children become just as important to you and your own son's life in a very quick time frame. This is a second chance love story like no other I have ever read.
This is a story about heartache and years of pain turning to a love and life you never ever expected for yourself. It's about family and trusting in each other. It's about building your life back up after it crumbles around you. I am one of Aurora Rose Reynolds biggest fans and I have read every single one of her books more than once but this is the BEST of the best. This is a must read, this is a good feel, wonderful love story with a family element like you can never imagine. The kids in this book made it that much better. And the story is excellent without them, adding them and their personalities they made the book that much better. Please read this book. 1000% 5 star read.
REVIEW by Michele:
Before I get to the book I want to mention the dedication in this book. WOW what a heartwarming dedication from Aurora. Congratulations to her family.
Now the book. Yet again I was drawn into another one of her books. Aurora has a way of writing that makes me feel like I really know these characters and I want to be part of their world. Zach is great. A loving guy and father and pretty much what every girl dreams of having in their life. Shelby is a wonderful mother and so loving and someone you would want around you. And the kids don’t even get me started they all had my heart from the start.
I love the second chance romance and how everything fell together in this book. There wasn’t endless drama and there was a truly happy ending for this family. This is not just a romance book it takes us on a journey of the whole family and you can’t help but want more of all of them. I am excited for Aubreys book! The only thing I wish was for a little bit more on Samuel but I can be satisfied with what we got.
Definitely a book to recommend to others!
“Then why did you marry her?” I ask, wondering if I’m really ready to go there with him, but it’s too late to change my mind. The question is out, and as much as I don’t want to know the answer, I need to know the answer.
“I wanted my kids to have what I didn’t. I believed that, with time, we could find a way to be happy.”
“Maybe we shouldn’t talk about this,” I say, changing my mind as nausea and jealousy turn my stomach.
“You loved your ex, baby. I know you did. I didn’t have that. I wanted it but never had it with her or anyone else since you.”
“Please stop.” Feeling tears burn the back of my eyes for him, I close them tight. Max and I were happy and in love in the beginning, and I hate knowing Zach never had that… the kids didn’t see or feel that.
“I wish my past didn’t hurt you so much. I’m sorry for hurting you the way I have. If I could take your pain away, I would.” He gathers me against him and tucks my head under his chin.
“As sad as it makes me, I wish you would have had that with her or someone else,” I say, and his arms tighten so much that my lungs compress.
“I don’t,” he growls.
“What?” I wheeze, and he loosens his grip just enough for me to take a breath.
“I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had been with her or someone else when you came back. I don’t want to face that demon inside of me that knows what I would have done.”
“I’ve been in love with you for almost eighteen years. I carried your missing pieces around inside me for that long, Shelby. I know it would have made me an asshole, but there is only one you. You’re the only place I’ve ever called home.” His voice is thick with emotion, and that wound inside of me fills up a little bit more. I hate his words, but a part of me is relieved he feels that way, that he feels so deeply for me.
“There’s been a wide open space inside me since we placed Samuel and I left you behind. But, from the moment I came back, it’s slowly been filling up.”
He goes quiet at my words. Several moments pass before he speaks again. “One day, that space will be full. I swear, with everything I have in me, I will make sure it’s overflowing and that you never feel empty again.”
About the Author
Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.
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