Piper Calloway is the daughter of a powerful real estate mogul and is working for him, being groomed to one day take the reins. She’s a VP and is not only out to prove herself to her father but also to hold her own in the male dominated environment while maintaining her own sense of self. Her carefully constructed world gets shaken when a new security guard comes on board and she recognizes him as her first love. It’s Kyle Miller, the boy she fell for at age sixteen when they met at summer camp who inexplicably disappeared and broke off all contact after they returned home.
The story transitions between the current day and Piper’s days at summer camp. Normally I enjoy this device, especially when it serves to set the foundation for the present and the characterizations. I was very interested in the conflicts Piper was currently facing as the work dynamics were realistic and fraught with land mines. But, the days of summer camp just didn’t measure up and moved much too slowly as what happened there was predictable and didn’t hold my interest.
What makes this story compelling are the relationships between Piper and Kyle, her family, friends and colleagues. They help define her and I liked seeing how she handled them, learning from her mistakes and owning her role in the successes and failures. Seeing her mature as a woman, business executive, lover and daughter kept me in the story and rooting for her. The narrator captured the essence of her personality and I‘m really glad I chose the audio format for that reason as this was Piper’s story. I just wish that had been the primary focus and the summer camp stuff related more succinctly. I’m a fan of the author and while this isn’t my favorite, I enjoyed the story overall.
- Release Date: August 6, 2019
- Narrator: Devon Sorvari
- Audio Length: 14 hours, 23 minutes
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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(Thank you to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)