by Aurora Rose Reynolds
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Genres: Contemporary Romance
That moment your life changes.
That moment that changes your life.
That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.
That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.
There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.
When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.
Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.
Some things never change and love is one of them.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
“I’ve carried around an empty place in my soul for the last fifteen years, and the moment I saw you standing outside in the rain, that empty place filled up.”
Wide Open Spaces is a second chance romance and the second book in the Shooting Stars series which follows Shelby Calder and Zach Watters making possibly the hardest decision a parent has to make. Giving up their son so that he may have a better life than the one they can provide. The heartbreak of having given up her child, even knowing it’s for the best, is too much for Shelby to bear and leaves her family and Zach behind, along with a part of her soul.
Fifteen years later, Shelby returns home, divorced and toting her ten year old son, Hunter. The past is not about to be left behind when she realizes Zach lives next door with his 14 year old twins, Aubrey and Steven.
“We were meant to be here, right now in this moment. We were meant to find each other again.”
There is no denying that the connection between the two is still there and they VERY quickly get back together again. This is what bothered me quite a bit. I wanted a little more angst here when it came to them getting back together, especially the reason why and him having children not long after they had to give up their son. I wanted it just a little more drawn out but I also can’t say I’m unsatisfied by how it all turns out. With two exes in the mix, there is a fair amount of drama involved in their story. It just feels a little too tidy to me.
“I never moved on. I’m still stuck in the past, trying to figure out how to get back the girl I let get away.”
There is a scene I would have loved to see and that would have been them being reunited with their son but I am still hopeful that it could be in the next book since we do get Aubrey’s story next. I am so intrigued by the next story and look forward to reading it.