There are not many books that I have read that have stuck with me long after the last page. Sure, I remember books, have several favorites, and have those that I love to reread, but a book that sticks to your emotions and buries itself so deep? Those books are hard to come by. As You Turn Away is one of those books.
When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life.
Quinn shattered Jonah’s heart once, so getting involved with her isn’t something he’s sure he’s ready to do again. He became someone he didn’t recognize when he left home. He’s spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm’s length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.
But neither Quinn or Jonah can stay away from each other, especially when old feelings resurface. Something is pulling them back together, and they can’t deny their chemistry for long. One Georgia summer could change both their lives forever, if they can work through their past to have a future together.
When I read the synopsis I really just thought this would be one of those sweet stories where two people who once loved one another, meet several years later and find that they never stopped loving each other and you get a warm feeling in your heart and all is well in the world. While As You Turn Away does contain said situation, that is only a small part of the love story of Jonah and Quinn. Jonah and Quinn not only turned their backs on each other, but their families as well. The story isn't just about lost loves, but about finding one's self, forgiveness, and knowing when to walk away. The characters are mature and the situations were so realistic that I felt as if I was watching this beautiful complex love story unfold. It was refreshing to have a story about two people who once loved each other so much but were torn apart by hurtful words, and when they see other again years later, they handled it maturely. The acted like mature adults, no petty words or overly dramatic scenes. Molli Moran did a fantastic job of writing strong characters with a strong story line. The story flowed well and I found myself not wanting to stop until I had finished. If you're looking for steam, this really isn't the book for you. There is a steamy scene, and I really think it was the only part of the book I didn't like. It wasn't badly written, I just felt like the detailed scene wasn't necessarily needed. Beautiful characters, beautiful story, and a definite must read. Molli Moran has found a huge fan of her writing and she is on my auto-buy list. Can't wait to read the next Walker brothers book!
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