Saturday, December 21, 2013

Renewal by Tabitha Short with Review

All Grace has ever done is run away. After high school, she ran to Ole Miss, a college far away from her home in Sunset, Louisiana. After college, she ran to a job in Wyoming that spared her from a life in Jackson she didn't want. Now, at twenty-nine, her husband has passed away and all she knows how to do is run, so she's run back home.

Now she must work through her loss while building a new life. First, she must repair her relationship with the younger sister she left behind. Then, she has to find a new job, which lands her dealing with an arrogant, sexist boss and a very competitive co-worker. They're the least of her problems, though. Her old college boyfriend, the one who broke her heart, is the Assistant Director. On top of that, her childhood friend, Morris, keeps showing up asking for a date and flaunting his country boy good-looks.

Going home seemed to be the right answer, but now she's tired of running. It's time for her to learn to let go, give in, and to heal. She has to learn that it's OK to remember, it's OK to hurt, and it's OK to love again. Can she convince herself to move forward? Or will the pain of her husband's death leave her unable to reach out to others?

My Review: 4 stars

This book wasn’t really that long. I would have liked it better, I think, it if had been longer. Taken more time to get the story more fleshed out, but it was still a good story, compelling in ways. Made me think about some things. Grace seemed to be having such a hard time dealing with all of her losses, that I could really relate to. But that girl just picked herself up and went out and started moving forward. I thought it was weird that she did some of the things that she did. But it was those things that made her realize what she actually had a chance at, if she’d only give things a try. Sometimes everything you’re not looking for is exactly what you’ve needed the whole time, because it was right in front of you, waiting for you to be ready. I’ve got to say I really liked Morris and everything that he did for Grace and her family as a friend. I liked the way that things worked out at the end. I’m glad that Grace finally figured out what she had been doing, and was woman enough to apologize and ask for a chance.  

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