I started and ended this book the same way…. in the ugliest of tears and sobbing. The first time in agony from pain and unthinkable loss. A life full of amazing potential taken way too soon. The last in elation from seeing a leading lady embrace her life and love so fully, so completely that it made my heart shutter in my chest. This story was worth the couple of nights of missed sleep, running down my phone to read those last few paragraphs. Sierra and Chase were simply stunning from beginning to end.
Sierra is not like the rest of her family. The rich farm Belmont family of the small town of Summer Hill in Mississippi. She knows that she cannot be a farmer’s wife but was prepared to be a doctor’s wife. She loved Jake. He was her world, until he is taken away. Lost in grief for a year and a half, Sierra is barely surviving. Her job at the local bookstore is her haven, a place where she can get lost. But no matter what, she can’t feel.
Chase Henson has always been looking for a place to belong, a place to call his own. His return to Mississippi is welcomed by his brother but looked upon with suspicion by the rest of the town’s people and bitter anger by his stepmother. After burying their father, Chase decides to stay and give his brother a hand at his bar. It was supposed to be temporary but then he sees Sierra Belmont and everything changes. For the first time he sees someone like him – unsettled, lost, and hurting. Someone looking for home.
Their journey towards a happy life together is far from easy. There is unbearable grief, secrets from the past, and small town gossip. Interfering relatives and well meaning friends. On the flip side of that coin, there’s a white hot chemistry that cannot be denied, a friendship built on the love of books and a second chance to live and love – not just simply survive. Yes, to feel again. It was impossible not to get swept up into these two. They began with such an uncertainty and moved on to something so unique. Chase is fierce and determined to see Sierra happy. Sierra knows that her happiness is finally within reach thanks to Chase.
This book was raw, pure emotion. It was angst and hearbreak, healing and resilience. I was left stunned and overjoyed. The story is so engaging and thought provoking that it was hard to step away once I started. I wanted to see how Chase would break through Sierra’s insecurities and wondered how his mysterious past would affect his future. I rooted for Sierra as she began to put her grief aside and embrace all that love had to offer. I laughed with them. I cried with them. I celebrated right along with them. This was just wonderful!
One Call Away is one of the best reads this year! Emily has written such a beautiful, thoughtful second chance romance. I already miss Summer Hill, and I certainly hope that she plans more stories from small town Mississippi. Wonderful job, Emily. All the stars and then some!
Chase Henson doesn’t play by the rules. He doesn’t let himself get attached, doesn’t stay in one place long enough to call anywhere home. So when he returns to the small town of Summer Hill for the first time in years, the last thing he expects to find is a reason to stay.
Sierra Belmont is lost. Devastated after a sudden tragedy that left her heart broken in a million pieces, Sierra is just barely getting by. Burying herself in work at Summer Hill’s only bookstore, all she wants to do is make it through another day.
And then Chase walks through the doors of The Book Bag, claiming he’s just there to buy a book. Rumors that he’s dangerous fly through the town, but Sierra isn’t afraid of him. He might be the last person she should be with, but he’s the only one who understands the depth of her pain. For the first time, Chase stands still, fighting the desperation to mend Sierra’s broken heart.
Always running, the past has never had a chance to catch up to Chase. But there’s a first time for everything.
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Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.
She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.