Ten years ago, Luke Daley suddenly left his hometown for very good reasons, leaving his teenage love behind without explanation. He’s now back, running his uncle’s business. Mia Amour has just returned to home to Rushmere, England, leaving Paris and her ex-husband behind as she begins a new future running her own florist shop. She had no idea Luke was back in town and at first sight, both were thrown back to where they left off…her angry at his abandonment and him consumed with guilt and unresolved feelings.
I got a sense of both Mia and Luke very quickly, which was important because who they are with each other is something completely different, providing a vivid contrast. Their reunion thrust them back to being teenagers and all the problems that entails in terms of communication. She could be stubborn and reactive and he could be closed off, not knowing how to put his true feelings into words and be vulnerable. They had no issues relating physically but their inability to form a deeper relationship was epic. Typically, everyone around them knew the truth and fortunately they gave them the space to close the distance of those ten years and recapture what was important. It was their journey that made this special.
I loved the audio version as the narrators adeptly captured the working class dialect and embodied the characters. There are strong secondary characters, especially Mia and Luke’s brothers who happen to be the central focus of the next book. I enjoyed everything about the story as it is raw, not always reasonable and terrifically honest in its telling. And, there’s a little bit of intrigue for added flavor. It was a great listening experience and I’m happy to already be signed up for the next story.
- Release Date: January 25, 2021
- Series: Forgiven #1
- Narrators: Dan Calley & Zora Hampton-Brown
- Audio Length: 6 hours, 5 minutes
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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About the Author
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer.
Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with photographer Dan Burgess.
(Thanks to Harlequin Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)