Wednesday, March 4

BookWhisperer Review: Near & Far by Nicole Williams

Near and Far (Lost & Found, #2)Near and Far by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s optimism. And there’s Jesse Walker.

If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast.

Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five.

As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.

As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.

Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.

Nicole just jumps right into the story where it left off in Lost & Found. Rowen and Jesse have such a powerful love story of support and strength. It seems as though everything is possible for these two, but the future has a funny way of slowing progress and creating unanticipated obstacles. Rowen and Jesse are not resistant to the dark and ugliness of life, and when it begins to creep in on their relationship they knowingly make wrong decisions for the right reasons. When the bottom falls out it was in ways that I had never expected. Jesse's character has carried the majority of this relationship and it was really nice to see Rowen's moment to shine. After such a dark and sorted past she has really come out on top, and the world is at her fingertips. Jesse's moment of surrender does not deter the intensity of personality in the story or prove to identify as a weakness, but rather prove the testament of his character and the power to be a better person than the individuals that brought him into the world. Both Rowan and Jesse's pasts are filled with darkness and the reality of those experiences is heartwrenching, but this story of second chances and the ability to overcome is inspiring.

I love the new glimpse of Black's character here, and I can wait to see what the remainder of the series has to offer.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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