Published: May 23, 2017
I have been a fan of Amie Knight for a bit now and this all started when I won a book from her. That was A Steele Heart in case y’all were wondering. Well, this novel is one of her first (it might be her first I’m not sure) and I’ve been wanting to read it for a few months. It has been sitting in my Kindle Unlimited Library taking up space until I finally made myself read it and I am so glad that I did. It was fast paced and super cute. It was a feel good romance with some of the hot times that we all really read romance for. The novel starts out in the past but quickly works its way up to the present where we officially meet the two protagonists of the story.
Everly Woods was abandoned at the Everly Woods train station when she was just a baby. After that a slew of foster homes took advantage of and abused her causing her to always make her way back to that dreaded train station. She knew that stealing from people on the train wasn’t a way of life but she needed to eat to survive and to buy food you needed money. Then one fateful day she met a cowboy who saw her and wanted to help and take care of her. So she did the only thing she could do. She pushed him away. Now years later their paths have crossed again and he is an angry and untrusting man. Nothing like the cowboy she left on the train. How can she bring back the cowboy she knew and prove that she is no longer the girl that was on that train?
Cole is the cowboy on that train that tried to get Everly to come back to Preston Farms with him. He has always wondered what happened to his Peaches that he left on that train. However, life has not been kind to him and when he finally sees her again he cannot handle it. He has been betrayed by the woman who was going to be his wife and he is taking that anger out on Everly. Slowly she is breaking down his walls but she is only here until the end of the summer. That is until he blows it. She is gone and he doesn’t know how to bring her back home.
The end few chapters of this book were so heart wrenching. They wanted to be together but Everly couldn’t figure out how to make it work. She was so scared of people lying to her and deciding that she wasn’t good enough that she just left. That happens to us all at some point in our lives so I could really relate to that. She proved that she wasn’t the same girl from that train but she needed to realize that she deserved just as much in life as everyone else. For a heartwarming read this holiday season you should definitely check this out.
—“Snap our of it, baby girl. You’ve never been a victim. Stop acting like one now.” -Mama Lou to Everly—