Today we are thrilled to share Rachel Higginson’s all-new second chance romance,
TRAILER PARK HEART
Trailer park born and raised. It’s my legacy. That’s how my mama lived. And that’s how her mama lived. It’s the life I was born into and it’s the life I swore I would leave the second I was old enough to make it out.
Only legacies have a funny way of sneaking up on you. An innocent decision the night of high school graduation led to a series of complications in my plans to escape.
Seven years later, I’ve resigned myself to this small town and the roots I’m tied to. Nothing could make me leave. And nothing could make me spill the secrets that keep me here.
Until he walks back into town with a chip on his shoulder and a stupid hunch nobody else in town has been smart enough to follow.
Levi Cole is my opposite. Born on the right side of the tracks with family money to spare, he’s the kind of black sheep that can afford to be rebellious—because his family will always pay for his mistakes. He’s also the only living heir to Cole Family Farms, after his brother Logan was killed in duty seven years ago.
He sees something in my life that he thinks he has a right to. But he’s wrong. And obnoxious. And he needs to take his stubborn good looks and that intense way he looks at me and go back to wherever it was he came from.
I know better than to trust men like him. I was born and raised in a trailer park, I know nothing good happens to girls like me—girls with trailer park lives and trailer park hearts. Especially from gorgeous, kind, pigheaded men like him.
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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
A teen girl on the precipice of starting her life falls down the rabbit hole. Only there is no tea parties, she finds tragedy and heartbreak. Changing the blueprints of the life she had imagined and long for. Existing in a life teaming with deception and secrets, Ruby grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, poor and isolated. Town gossip and mean-spiritedness follow her because of who her mother is.
Levi and Ruby have grown up in the world but separate from each other. He’s the golden boy everybody adores. He and Ruby have been throwing barbs at one another for years. The king and queen of one-upmanship. We all make mistakes as young adults and these two make more than fair share. Ruby had always wanted to leave Clark City but her wings were clipped. Levi left one day and never looked back.
That is until seven years later when his parents call him home. Ruby discovers the news and is thrown through a loop. She spirals, and spirals hard. Her carefully crafted facade crumbles like soft cake. She won’t allow him too close for fear of him uncovering her secrets.
‘Levi Cole was my exact opposite. Wealthy, popular, friendly. His parents were successful. And he would be successful. His whole life was laid out before him on a lush red carpet. Mine had taken a nosedive off a cliff and I had never learned to swim.’
We all know what it’s like when we’re children and have a school crush. Boys don’t always show their intentions the right way. Pulling a pigtail and then running away comes to mind. Levi is most definitely one of these boys. The romance is there but it’s on a super slow boil. There is so much turbulence between Ruby and Levi that sex just wasn’t on the cards for their story early on. Levi’s intuitive nosiness keeps Ruby on edge. She is so afraid of her carefully constructed life being turned upside down and inside out.
“I don’t know how to leave you alone,” he said. “Do you want me to leave you alone?”
“I don’t know how to want that either.”
The scenes with her mother are impactful and painful at times. Raised by a parent who shows more ignorance and thoughtlessness than love and support, it comes as no surprise to see Ruby become the woman she does. Her accomplishments are like showing her mother the bird. She often times bites her tongue just to keep the peace even though she has more than enough ammunition to bury her mum. She never expects more than the bare minimum out of anyone, never asking for more than she feels is her worth.
‘Levi had this incredible ability to make me feel like I wasn’t just barely surviving life. He made me feel beautiful…seen…desired. And those were gifts he would never even understand he was giving me.’
For long time I kept questioning how this book could have a happy ending. The emotions and feels were profoundly touching. Several times I was scraped raw and left as empty feeling as Ruby. An author with the gift to make a reader feel exactly what the characters does is a rare gem. Diamond in the rough, if you will. Ruby is this diamond; forged under extreme pressure and heat. I haven’t had the privilege of reading this author before this. I couldn’t pass up the chance of reading a book that appeared to check every box I have when it comes to a great read. It takes so many things for a story to catch me in its web and thrust me into the words, the scene, the feel, the push and pull. Trailer Park Heart was an experience I shan’t soon forget. Thank you Ms. Higginson, thank you so very much. Half the time I didn’t know whether I wanted to slap or kiss Levi, job done.
Copyright © 2018 by Rachel Higginson
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Rolling my eyes, I waved him off. Honestly that was a tamer word than usual. And Max was unfortunately used to grownups saying words he wasn’t supposed to hear by now. “I’ll tell you later, okay? Why don’t you go find a great big stick and let Mommy talk to the scary man.”Max tilted his head at Levi. “I don’t think he’s scary.” “Ha! Looks can be deceiving,” I mumbled to no one in particular. “Go on, babe. Find a stick.” He looked up at me like I’d grown a second head. “Then what?” “Then… then whack that cornstalk with it.” “Why?” “Because it needs to be whacked.” “Why?” Levi walked closer. “Just pretend it’s Darth Vader and you’re on a mission to save the galaxy.” Max’s attention swung back to Levi. “Who’s Dark Faber?” “Who’s Darth Vader?” Levi repeated, stunned. “What do you mean, who’s Darth Vader?” To me he said. “What kind of parent are you? He doesn’t know who Darth Vader is?”
“He’s six,” I reminded him patiently.
“Exactly the right age to know about the glory that is Star Wars. You’re depriving him of a fantastic childhood.”
“Are you seriously giving me parenting advice right now?” He leaned forward. “Are you seriously considering passing it up? It’s good advice.”
A frustrated growl rumbled in the back of my throat. Max, getting bored with our back and forth, wandered off to whack the cornstalk. Levi and I watched him in silence for a minute. Eventually, curiosity got the better of me. “What are you doing here, Levi? Why are you in my neck of the woods?”
He shrugged, and that damnable smile was back. “I feel bad about the other day… about the gas station.” I couldn’t let him get away with his behavior then nor now. Or the questions he was hell bent on asking. Or the sheepish, repentant smile he was wielding like a weapon. “You have no right to stick your nose in my business, Cole.”
He shrugged. “I’m trying to say I’m sorry.”
It wasn’t exactly a promise to leave me alone, but Levi didn’t usually give me what I wanted. This was probably the best I could ask for, and yet, I couldn’t let him get away that easily. I lifted a hand, half hidden in the sleeve of my shirt, and pointed a finger at him. “You can mess with me, Levi, but you better not hurt my son. Got it?”
He took a step forward, closing some of the space between us. “Just to be clear though, you’re saying I can mess with you, right?”
Rachel Higginson is the best-selling author of The Opposite of You, The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us and The Star-Crossed Series.
She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days writing stories and raising five amazing kids.
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