Henley had a falling out with her mother years ago and ever since Henley hasn’t set foot in her hometown let alone her family’s legacy ranch that has been in her family for generations. Until her mother died. She must return to not only bury her mother but to take care of the family ranch–or sell it. There are numerous men from her past and present who want more from her including her high school sweetheart who cheated on her. Her mother’s farm hand, Galin, who helps her process her emotions and allows her to grieve in her own special way. Then there’s her high school archnemesis, Keaton Cash, who owns the neighboring farm. Henley thinks Keaton just wants to buy her farm to make his bigger. Henley soon realizes which of these men she can truly trust with her heart–and her family farm.
What I liked about this story is how Henley processes coming home, her mother’s death, and what she truly wants in life. The men are a slight distraction, but each help her realize something about herself even if the guy was a total douche. Normally, grieving is skipped over in books or fast forward in a way, but Hall slows it down, shows Henley’s mental breakdown as well as her rise to independence.
STANDALONE, Contemporary romance with NO CLIFFY or cheating.
After eight years, Henley Calvert is headed home. Back to the family farm and small town she left behind, never to be thought of again.
Too much regret and shame to bear.
But she’s the only one left to see to her family’s legacy, so she must return to Ashfall and face all the ghosts that haunt her.
Gatlin Holt, the family farmhand, awaits her arrival, and lends a hand—in more ways than one. He reacquaints Henley with the lay of the land while helping her heal her soul with a new outlook on life.
Yet every time she thinks some peace may be within reach, Henley hits another roadblock. The biggest of which is Keaton Cash—her childhood nemesis who owns the farm next door.
And no, it’s not a love triangle. That’s impossible when Henley’s heart is closed, incapable of love.