Staying for Good
January 24, 2017
What a book! Zoe Brown left River Bend right out of high school, determined to make something of her life. She left behind her high-school sweetheart, Luke; and her dysfunctional family, all abused at the hands of her father, who is now in prison. Zoe goes on to make her name as a chef, winning a TV competition and continuing to star in cooking specials. But can she continue to stay away from River Bend, or will her love for Luke bring her home, finally? And what happens when her father gets out of prison after 17 years and returns home like nothing has changed?
I absolutely loved this book, even though it had a dark side. The underlying abusive relationship between Zoe's father and mother may seem hard to understand, but I've known women in this position and it is tough to break that cycle of abuse. And the ending leaves us to believe the next story is going to be about Zoe's friend, Jo.