Most people have a “first love” they remember from their teen years. Few ever meet again. Leroy and Brynna were that exception. 30 years has passed a lot of life since they fell in love at a summer camp. After a short correspondence Brynna marries her ex-high school crush who turns out to be a total loser. After years of heartache and infidelity they divorce. Leroy marries, has 3 daughters and runs his family’s vineyard. His wife has passed away.
Struggling to put her life back together, Brynna agrees impulsively to go on a camping vacation with a co-worker at the school where she teaches. Traveling through California and the area that fated summer camp is located, Brynna’s memories are triggered. She shares this with Jan during a relaxed campfire moment. Her friend comes up with the scathingly brilliant idea that they find Leroy! Brynna remembers his family owned a winery in the area and that sets Jan off on a search much against her friend’s will. They locate Leroy and his winery and that’s when a most unusual, complicated, and crazy reunion begins.
I felt sorry for Brynna with who was already in emotional turmoil over her divorce and Jan pushing her into trying to arrange this reunion. I totally understood her reluctance and insecurity but also became frustrated with her indecisiveness with so many decisions. I have to admit I admired her adaptability in a very difficult situation!
It was interesting to see how many changes were in both their personalities, yet their core qualities remained the same after all these years. I mean who wouldn’t change some after 30 years!
One of my favorite parts of the book was the cottage Brynna stayed in, so beautiful and cozy. The descriptions of the décor made me feel as if I was walking through the door and seeing it myself. I think this is because the simplicity and comfort that was there. Something I want to have in my life at difficult times.
My favorite character was Sophie, Leroy’s daughter. She was so down to earth and sweet. Her energy, juggling her family, helping her father, and still able to have compassion for Brynna warmed my heart.
Be prepared, this story has many twists, turns, surprises and sweet moments. I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. because I couldn’t put it down. Insomnia alert! LOL
Another amazing Melody Carlson book!
I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.