This was simply spectacular. I cannot even begin to say enough good things about Steadfast. It is a must read for sure. Jude will forever have a special place in my heart.
Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen
She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.
For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.
She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.
No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.
5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely loved every single second of this. It was a beautiful and emotional story with very real characters dealing with hard situations. It was so touching, heartwarming, and full of hope, I couldn't stop reading. An excellent piece of work!
I loved Jude and Sophie so much. But Jude, wow, he really touched me. He was trying so very hard to be a better man and there is just one thing after another that could hold him down but he keeps moving forward and picking himself back up. It was just so incredibly up lifting. Sophie was great, trying to do the right thing in the midst of a hard situation but there were just so many things she had to deal with and face. Jude and Sophie together, their love for one another, the pull they have, their chemistry and heat, is so, so fantastic. There are so many ups and downs as they fight their way back to each other, it was really awesome.
I thought the writing was stellar. The author really created a full picture, elaborate and detailed. I was so pulled into all the emotion and pain that these characters were feeling and yet there was so much hope and love interlaced. The story line was excellent. There was drama, conflict, tension, and turmoil. I thought the pace was perfect, I got just what I needed at the right time. Excellent build as all these great details were learned. I loved the hints of foreshadowing that was happening as the story progressed. I can't find one single thing I didn't enjoy.
There were all these wonderful little side stories with great characters happening that really brought it all together. I totally lost it in chapter 30 and then I read it again because I thought it was such an excellent part! Let’s not forget the Shipley's. Oh the Shipley's! I wonder if this family would adopt me because they're amazing. It was great getting to see them again. I love how it was all laid out and everything was woven together.
Really just a remarkable read. Hope and love. That pretty much covers it all! It's was so compelling. 5 incredible stars for this must read!
Complimentary copy received for honest review.
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