Long Walk Home by
ebook, 290 pages
publication: April 30th 2021 by Bookouture
Genre: Second Chance Romance
Lola was struck by just how quickly she recognized him. It had been ten long years since she’d seen him; ten years of thinking that maybe she hadn't really loved him. But there he was. And he still took her breath away.
Lola has turned her life around since her wild teenage years, but one thing hasn’t changed: how her sister sees her. Her sister Carmen only remembers the mistakes she’s made and can’t see the potential of Lola’s plans to expand the family vineyard business at Blue Hills. But Lola is determined to win Carmen round—and gain her respect once and for all.
Then Lola’s high school sweetheart Gus arrives back in town, and everything changes. He was her first love, the bad boy she used to climb out of windows to see. But he’d broken her heart when he left town suddenly, without so much as a goodbye. And after that, she’d never seen him again. Until now.
Gus isn’t that same rebel anymore. It’s taken everything he has to come back to this town full of bittersweet memories, but he owes it to himself, and to Lola, to make amends. But she’s not that lovesick girl anymore and she knows she can’t let him turn her head again. So why can’t she stop thinking about how his strong arms would feel wrapped around her?
Then fate intervenes, and they’re forced to work together on Lola’s biggest project—and the sparks begin to fly once more…
As the sun sets over the mountains and meadows of Blue Hills, can two people who’d thought they could never be together find their way home to each other?
My Thoughts…A feel-good romance set in a small town is the perfect easy read. I enjoyed the setting of the small-town winery run by a family that has drama but truly love each other. Carmen is the typical older sister, the one in charge, and the one who has all the answers. I am the oldest child in my family and could see some of her characteristics in myself and hope that I have never treated my siblings as she treats Lola. Lola is the youngest, a free flying child. She has ideas, some not so great ones, but good or bad they never get heard. Her family does not see that she has so much to give to the winery and that they should give her a chance. I loved how Lola started to stand up for herself and pushed everyone to respect her and her ideas.
The relationship of Gus and Lola was interesting. Their relationship had a bumpy end during their younger days and now that Gus is back the sparks are flying again. Gus is a wonderful character that is just trying to make amends for the mistakes of his past, Lola being one of those mistakes. Lola does not know the whole story, it was kept from her, and when Gus returns she is torn on whether to forgive him or push him away. I like how their story is slow. They do not just jump back together, but they fight their feelings wanting to be sure that no one gets hurt again.
This is the first book by Ellyn Oaksmith that I have read and I will be looking for more of her fun romances.
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Ellyn Oaksmith is the USA Today and Kindle
bestselling author of addictively fun love stories. She has never run a winery,
been attacked by drones or nearly drowned someone but she loves putting her
characters in challenging situations. Ellyn also enjoys chatting with readers
on social media. Especially when she should be writing.
Ellyn began her writing life as a screenwriter in Los Angeles which, outside of writing hours, is exactly as crazy as it seems in the movies. After hightailing it back to her native Seattle, Ellyn began writing comedic romances and never looked back.
Ellyn lives in Seattle with her husband. She's part of a competitive rowing team. You can often find her on Lake Sammamish rowing in the dark.
Author website: www.EllynOaksmith.com