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Partying with friends and scoring a flawless tan is about all Roxie has on her list of things to make her Hampton's summer perfect.
Her parents, however, have other plans and Grandma Betty's farm is just one of them.
Just as her life is in shambles and the quaint town is suffocating her, she meets Chase.
Somewhere in the mix of bummer summer and small town doldrums, he becomes the boy she can't seem to avoid falling for. Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.
That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.
Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness?
Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?
Release Date: March 25, 2013
Published By: Createspace
Review Copy: Paperback, 204
*provided by author for tour
Being a country girl myself I loved the was the setting was described and how the story was set up. I loved the old farm house that Betty owned and at the moment Roxie stepped through those doors I wanted to be her. Though it all seemed so typical country and wheat we would all picture, it was the people that gave it personality. The house, the farm , the town all painted clear pictures of what Roxie was up against. Well not not against I guess but what she thrust into and the contrast it had in comparison to her world. Then you add the perfect pacing and this writing world is seriously on its way.
Roxie has a lot on her plate and no idea how to deal with it. Put in her place I'm sure I would be feeling some of the anger and hurt but with her upraising teaching her that you are to hide all emotion because emotion equals weakness. So I had to feel for her when she is showered with southern hospitality and has no idea what to do about these people that seem to actually care. Everyone to her was what they were on the outside and the Southern town and grandmother were all stereotypical to her. Her reactions to all of the events unfolding around her made complete sense with who she was and eventually as everyone around her chipped away at her tough exterior she became more than I expected. Roxie does a lot of growing in this book but she proves that sometimes what you want isn't what you necessarily need.
I loved Chase and the ups and downs that him and Roxie had. He is the guy that stops girls in their tracks and yet is as sweet as they come. That's not saying that he doesn't come with skeletons in his closet but he has seriously good intentions. The romance that is stirred up between him and Roxie is undeniably adorable. He is persistent about wanting to be with her and though she does fight it almost every step of the way for a variety of different reasons Chase stays strong. Everything isn't all rainbows and butterflies but how realistic can a romance be if it is perfect? The contrast in characters and personalities is huge but what they want in the end is the same which makes for a darn near perfect romance.
Betty and Katy were also seriously important characters. Although they are secondary characters their importance to Roxie's change is huge. Katy is the perky girl that you want to dislike but her happiness is so darn contagious you kind of feel you have to let her in. Roxie is not easy on Katy but it gets to a point where even she feels bad for shutting the girl out that wants nothing more than to be her friend. With Betty it was more a case of learning that she did love her and though she wasn't always there in person she never stopped caring. Both of these relationships have strained moments but ultimately these two just want to be there for her and to belet in.
There was so many emotions in this one and it's honestly such a feel good kind of read despite the emotional ups and downs. Ruthi has a beautiful writing style and managed to bring every person and place to life, pair that with the wonderful pacing and i was head over heels for this one. A sweet and honest story about growing up and becoming a better person when you didn't realize you could change at all. I highly recommend this to everyone that wants a great summer read that you can just relax in the warmth and read.
What I wasn't prepared for was how down South could irrevocably change me. I wont tell you where I ended up, but I will tell you how I got there: I let go of my plans. I stopped living by a calendar and just started living.
Mom told me that Grandma Betty was a true Southern woman. Respect and manners was evidently a big thing with her. She won't know what hit her when she gets to see the real me. The Roxie who was no longer a toddler, but a 17 year old woman who was pissed off at the world. Bring it on Betty. You don't know what you've gotten yourself into.
I'm not saying that I wanted to become a full-time laborer for her on the farm, but maybe I could at least go there and help a little bit. Nothing too strenuous through considering there wasn't a nail salon anywhere near here. I had spent too much money on these beautiful nails to let them be ruined by hard labor.
I had to get control of myself before I became one of those obsessed gorls with a stalker-like crush. Yes, he was amazing to look at, and apparently had a killer sense of humor that I had only just discovered, but I couldn't let him affect me this much.
He didn't deserve the baggage I brought, or the pain that I would cause. I had to squash my urges and be his friend. The word felt hollow and empty, just like my heart.
"I'm not here to makeyou feel better. I'm here as your friend. Stop screwing shit up with him. Haven't you two been through enough drama this summer? It's like a bad episode of Dawson's Creek." -Katy
About the Author
If you had asked 6 year old Ruthi what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have told you a Rock Star. Those dreams faded to the background when she found out who the true Rock Stars are: Authors.
She has always had a fascination with books, losing herself completely in numerous books, enjoying the worlds she found that were so unlike her own. They were her escape, and eventually became her passion.
Her family has been putting up with her and her incoherent ramblings while she worked on her debut novel, Knotted Roots. Her five year old and Fiance have suffered through many “fend for yourself” nights, but somehow still manage to love her anyway.
She is now attending the Southern New Hampshire University, working on her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing/Fiction so that she can create her own worlds for others to fall in love with.
Okay, now that I’m done talking in the third person, let me just say that I love connecting with people via Facebook, Goodreads, my blog, etc. If you would like to chat, you can usually find me online at any given time. I also want to say thank you to each and every person who reads my book. It was a labor of love and I truly hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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