I've said it before, I love the writing style of Anna DeStefano. She's one of my favorite authors because she writes about difficult and complex relationships in a way that draws the reader in from the beginning. Book two in the Echoes of the Heart Series is Selena and Oliver's book. I think this is my favorite of the series so far.
Here is a little blurb about the book:
Selena Rosenthal left behind her high school sweetheart, who was the love of her life, seven years ago.
Now, she and the once-rebellious Oliver Bowman are back in Chandlerville—after his foster father’s heart attack and Selena’s contentious divorce—to deal with her secrets, the recklessness that caused their breakup, and the almost-strangers they’ve become to each other and their families.
As soon as his father is stronger, Oliver must return to the successful career that helps support a new generation of foster kids. But he’s falling for Selena again, her daughter has a hold on his heart, and he can’t imagine leaving behind his brothers and sisters once again.
More attached by the day to their charming hometown and families, Selena and Oliver fall in love for the second time.
Has fate brought Chandlerville’s prodigal children together again…this time forever?
Now on to the review:
I fell in love with this story because it's everything you wished you had in a high school romance as well as all the mistakes young couples regret making. Oliver came back a successful man but not for the reasons most would think. He's a drop dead gorgeous hero who was the light in Selena's world up until their senior year when everything went wrong. Now being back in Chandlerville, all of the feelings he had for Selena in high school have come rushing back, and with a vengeance.
Selena is back in Chandlerville but not of her own free will. She finds herself newly divorced, no money to speak of and a little daughter to take care of. The last thing she wants to face is her past. I loved Selena's character most of all in this book because I could really relate to her. I was a single mom and I KNOW how hard it is to take care of daughters and try to work at the same time. Seeing Oliver is bad enough but having a car that is not only embarrassing but that leaves you stranded more times than not is mortifying. Some of the situations Selena gets into are comical but each shows everyone just how strong she is. I loved that her character was portrayed in this way.
One thing I love about Anna's books are they aren't just small books. They are full bodied novels that are almost always 300+ pages. Although to some that might seem like a long drawn out book, I can guarantee you that when it's over you'll want it to have gone on for another 600 pages. Let Me Love You Again is an addicting read and heartwarming read. Even though there may be some very heavy subjects that are covered in the book, you will walk away saying "awwww, what a precious book".
The Echoes of the Heart Series is about the Dixon family. Marsha and Joe Dixon were foster parents to some of the most troubled teens. Through their love and respect for each child, they became real parents to every child who entered their home. The books in the series deal with the love stories of both the parents and the foster children they loved with all of their hearts. This is definitely one series you won't want to miss.
Here in My Heart is book 1 and you can purchase it by clicking here.
You can check out everything about Ms. DeStefano on her webpage by clicking here. From her books to blog and everything in between, like information on contests and new releases, her site has something to please everyone. While you are on her author page, check out some of her books in different genres, they will take your breath away.