Friday, February 28

BookWhisperer Review: Lost & Found by Nicole Williams

Lost & Found (Lost & Found, #1)Lost & Found by Nicole Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.

Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.

Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.

When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.

What a powerful story about healing and learning to love one-self. Nicole Williams really knows how to create a story from the heart and about the reality of life. Love can help lead the way to a brighter future and assist in the growing process. Rowan thought a summer at a middle of nowhere ranch was her ticket to her future, but what she didn't know was that this one trip would change her life forever. Finding herself in a new environment she will quickly learn about the assumptions she has made about life and people. This journey will take surprise her in ways she never anticipated and change the trajectory of her future. I am overwhelmed with the emotional rollercoaster that accompanied this story. Feelings of anger for the selfish and neglective attitude of Rowan's mother to the abundance of love that Rowan must have felt for Jesse's family is was so tangible. I can not wait to read the next in the series, as well as, the addition of Garth's story.

~BookWhisperer Jax~

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