My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Years ago when Dani Wilde was getting ready to go to college, her mother died in a horrible car accident and she gave up her dreams to stay on the family cherry farm in Montana and keep things in order. As the only girl, she felt an almost compulsive need to clean up after and take care of her brothers and father.
But now that she’s about to move to New York and pursue the dream she’s put on hold for so many years, an old college roommate of her brothers shows up – Ben Denton, a gorgeous guy she crushed on years ago. Ben came from money and now he’s achieved fame as a well-known photographer, but he always loved the close knit family the Wildes had. So when he suddenly finds out he has a four year old daughter whose mom isn’t interested in raising her anymore, he has no idea what to do except bring little Hailey to Montana and the stability of the Wilde family.
As Dani goes through things while packing up, it triggers some odd, unpleasant memories of her mother that no one in the family has talked about in all these years, leading her to question what was wrong with their mother and how it shaped all of their lives.
Dani already loves her brother’s little girl, and she soon grows to love Ben’s daughter, Hailey, whose anguish and shyness are readily apparent. She tries to help Ben grow closer to his daughter and in doing so, finds herself so much closer to Ben.
I really, really liked this book. It’s a wonderfully deep romance , but also the story of a family affected by mental illness and the family dynamic that resulted. It’s also a story of understanding , acceptance, forgiveness and love.
I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley.