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.
Wide Open Spaces is the second book in her Shooting Stars series. You don’t have to read the first one to be able to read Wide Open Spaces. I’ve read Fighting to Breathe, the first book, and honestly couldn’t wait for this book to be released.
Shelby left her home fifteen years determined to never return. But a turn of events, her divorce and her grandfather’s passing, has her returning home and facing the reasons she left in the first place. One of those reasons was Zach, and on her first day home learns that he is her next door neighbor. Over the past fifteen years, Zach has not forgotten Shelby nor the love that he has for her. Now that she is back, he is not letting her slip through his fingers again.
It is not an easy feat for Shelby to take that chance again. Years ago, both her and Zach had to make a torturous decision and she is still feeling the after effects, and isn’t sure she can open her heart to Zach again the way he wants her to. Add in ex’s who make things difficult on both ends, you wonder if they are truly meant to be. But as Zach and Shelby deal with the repercussions of their decision, they find that they are truly healing themselves and each other. That empty void both Zach and Shelby have is filled by their love for each other.
I was glad that I kept tissues nearby because a few times I had to stop because tears were freely falling. Aurora wrote a beautiful second chance love story that deals with something that many people face in society. She truly pulls at your heartstrings and you wonder just how much love you have in your heart for the people in and not in your life. It is a second chance romance in many ways, along with redemption and acceptance. I give this book 5 stars because even after I read it, it stayed with me for several days and is easily on my list of rereads. I have read all of Aurora’s books and I think with the material written about, this is the best she released. I can’t wait to see what more we can expect from her.