A brand new standalone from Friendship, Texas featuring everyone’s favorite awkward baker and the one that got away.I looked up and standing there was my ex-boyfriend, Jordan Webber. Maybe ex-boyfriend wasn’t the right word. Maybe the boy who I dated for almost two years. Then he graduated early, leaving for art school in New York. He wanted me to come with him, but what future did I have in New York? My parents weren’t paying for me to go to school unless it was a state school with a real degree and all I ever wanted was to do photography. So the portrait studio worked for the time being until I realized I really needed to get out of the house and took the part-time job at the bakery. Between my parents’ divorce, work, and trying to get over my break up, I was basically a hot mess the first two years after high school. Joey came in at the right time as a distraction then the job at the bakery. But I still never forgot about the one that got away.
I hadn’t seen Jordan in over four years and there he was, standing there with a hand on one of the boxes and his blue eyes wide open like he’d just seen a ghost.
“Abbey Dillinger?” he asked, it wasn’t so much of a question as it was a breathless statement.
I hated him for leaving me. He could have gone to art school in Dallas. He could have stayed if he really did love me. I should have hated him. But seeing him, standing in front of me, I couldn’t hate him. The past four years had been very good to him.
**This book is a standalone in a series of standalones taking place in the fictional town of Friendship, Texas. You don’t need to read any of the previous books to understand this one***
~ 3.5 Stars ~
This is book four of the Friendship, Texas series but I can say that it isn’t all that necessary to read the previous books. There are some relationships in here that were clearly covered in the other books, but Magan Vernon makes it easy, fills in the gaps and as such you don’t really miss their stories. Although, they do sound intriguing and you’ll probably end up wanting to go back and read them if you are new to this series or author. Magan is not a new author to me as I have read another book from her a while back now. I was confident that I liked her style and could read the author no problem. And I did.
Nice easy read, with a little angst thrown in for good measure. I was a little disappointed that it read very YA for me, thus some actions and words came across a little childish and immature. I particularly found Abbey off putting at times, quite naïve in her relationships and somewhat ‘snooty’ in places. Maybe this added to her character who knows. The age of the characters and how they acted certainly lent towards that YA vibe, but with some of the sauciness you might find in a NA read. I struggled to get a handle on Jordan if I’m being honest. At times I felt that he flip flopped through his emotions and wasn’t steadfast in his convictions where Abbey was concerned. It was always made clear that he wanted Abbey back but I didn’t quite feel that ‘urgency’ in him, like she was his be all and end all.
The thing which stuck out the most for me within this story was the secondary plot line that concerned the group of friends that Abbey found herself with. She makes a few attempts to justify their actions, one friend in particular, but again it felt half baked. It’s quite clear from early on that the semi-adult relationships she has are not all that good for her, and where she thinks she has friends she’s sadly mistaken. I was happy to see a good conclusion in terms of this plot line.
Coming back to the main story – I would have to say it was your run of the mill book. Nothing flashy, nothing spectacular and the title says it all. The prose is good but didn’t sweep me off my feet, I didn’t find those all defining, melt your heart moments that drew the emotion from me. The read is steady, solid and enjoyable. If I had to say that anything really stood out for me, it was the ending. I wasn’t quite expecting the turnaround with Jordan and his truth so that part I really did enjoy.
Kindle Friends Forever reviewer Klaire recommends this book – steady and dependable, easy read.
Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short
story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters,
pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this
all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.