Gerrit Laninga doesn't know what to do with himself after being forced to sell off the family farm that he labored on his whole life. He realizes that a lot of life happened while he was tending to the farm and the livestock, is it too late to make amends?
15 year old Rae Walters has had her whole life planned out for as long as she can remember. The intense pressure to succeed starts to get to her. A powerful story of friendship, second chances, and what matters most.
From the very beginning I was drawn in by the characters, and at first glance Rae and Gerrit are as different as can be. Gerrit has spent so much of his live pouring himself into the farm that he missed out on being present in the lives of his wife and children. He is a gruff, socially awkward man suddenly exploring a new chapter in his life. I liked how Rae pulled him out of his shell, and pushed him out of his comfort zone. Taking him with her to volunteer and meeting Morgan. Rae is an intelligent young woman so eager to please, but terrified of failing. I loved her heart for others.
Overall, this is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Realistic characters, heart-tugging and emotional, this is a book that is captivating in it's remarkable everyday situations. I can't believe that I put off reading it for so long! Highly recommend!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.