Living in a tiny, nowhere town can be difficult while also making you feel trapped in an isolated existence you can never escape. For Skylar, adding an alcoholic mother who you have to support with a low paying job makes this story even more emotional. Life in Creek View is not exotic, exciting, or promising for most of its inhabitants. The author’s writing is intelligent, informative, and brings the story of this small town to life.
Skylar works at the Paradise Hotel where she reconnects with a former coworker, Josh, who is back in town because of medical leave from the Marines. Josh has lost a leg and struggles with PTSD and depression. His story gives insight into what many soldiers have to live with after serving overseas and it can be devastating to read at times. Throughout the story, Skylar and Josh become close and create a unique relationship that was beautiful to read but includes times of sorrow, much like most realistic relationships. Skylar has always been determined to make it out of Creek View and has worked hard to make it a possibility, but will having Josh in her life change her dreams? What made this story so captivating to me was the strength of the characters and their determination to be happy during tragedy, heartbreak, and unfortunate circumstances that were faced throughout the book.
I would recommend this book to fans of realistic fiction and romance.