by Rachael Johns
She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his...
After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.
But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.
Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.
When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?
Ellie left Hope Junction 10 years ago. She became a soap star and now she is back in town to take care of her godmother Matilda. The town is just like she left it and the people in it are just like she figured they would be. No one will let her forget she left a great man at the alter when she left town. What they don't know is she left her heart with that man. Flynn was a broken man when Ellie left. He hit rock bottom and it took him a long time to get better. No one wants to see him get hurt again. Ellie broke his heart years ago and never ave him a reason why she left. He doesn't want to get hurt again or see her but in a small town they have to run into each other. They finally get the chance to talk and decide to be friends. Matilda had a secret of her won and that topped with the real reason why Ellie ran before may be more than Flynn and Ellie can handle. They may be trying to work it out but to much may be between them.
Ellie is a very scared, nervous woman. She has to go back to a place where she knows everyone hates her. She is also very brave and caring as she is willing to face them to help her godmother. I really liked her as she does have moments she breaks down but she still fights through them. She could run back any time to get away from everyone but she doesn't. She still loves Flynn and it is easy to see. She is afraid to tell him her reasons for leaving. She actually seemed liked a real person one who you would like and not at all like the town thinks she is. Flynn is the home town boy everyone loves. The women want him and the guys are all his friends. He isn't perfect and has made mistakes but he has moved past them and still continues to do the right thing. He takes care of his grandmother, mom and sister and runs the family farm. He can be very sweet at times and is very protective of those who are hurting. I have to say I liked both if these characters a lot.
What happens if you leave your love at the alter and have to return to the same small town? Being from a small town I was eager to read this book. I know how gossipy and judge mental people can be. Ellie is not the snobby person the town would make you think she is. She is actually very brave for returning to help care for her godmother. She isn't doing it for publicity or any other reason than the love she has for the woman who pretty much raised her. She even tries her best to get journalist to leave her ex Flynn alone. That showed you right away she still cared for him. This isn't the typical they were in love and fall right back to where they where before story. No you really get to know how both Ellie and Flynn feel and what they are thinking. There is love so know worries if that is what you are looking for. I do like how they take their time and try to become friends again but they are also there when each other need something. Matilda I loved right away. She gave up something to take care of Ellie years ago and just wants Ellie to be happy. She also broke my heart in just how she just still wants to make sure Ellie has everything she wants and needs even when she her self needs help. You will cry reading this but it is so worth the read. There is even a few characters to kinda not like. In good ways no worries just little catty people that add a touch the book to make it feel more real. I think anyone wanting a story of a returning love should give this one a try.
4 out of 5 Stars