By Lisa Kleypas
This was my first contemporary romance by one of my favorite historical romance authors, Lisa Kleypas. I was unfortunately disappointed by a love that I felt very little attachment to.
The first half of the book introduces us to Liberty Jones, who is growing up with her mother in a trailer park in Texas. Her mother has good intentions but ends up caught up with guys who do nothing for her. Liberty befriends one of her neighbors, Hardy Cates, who takes her under his wing and helps her get by.
I felt a strong emotional connection to Hardy and this is strengthened when Liberty constantly compares her subsequent relationships to him (and they always come up short). However, Hardy has big dreams to leave their small Texas town and knows that pursuing a relationship with Liberty could jeopardize that future. In the back of my mind, I was always holding out hope that Hardy would come back for Liberty.
In the meantime, Liberty is left to care for her young sister alone and has to work hard to build a life for the two of them. At work, she meets a man, Churchill Travis, who changes the course of Liberty and her sister’s lives. I felt that the relationship between Churchill and Liberty was strange and it was hard for me to understand the connection that the two developed.
Liberty and Churchill’s son, Gage, meet and after a rocky start, begin to develop feelings for each other. Again, I was not into this relationship. Gage was cold and did not feel like the right fit for Liberty, who was pretty naive.
The first half of this book was a really beautiful coming of age story. In the second half of the book, it was frustrating that Liberty took advantage of the benefits of a sugar daddy without questioning the motives of the wealthy family.
I look forward to reading the next book in the Travises series, where hopefull Hardy finds his happily ever after.
Review by Michele W.