This is the second novel by Julieann Dove that I have read and reviewed. The first one was Waking Amy, which I really liked. A Reason to Stay proves that Julieann creates these worlds and characters that are so casual and easy to read that you just wade through her books like it’s Sunday morning. In other words, I love reading her books because it’s so effortless and fun.
Elise has all the good things in life, she has a job, she has a house that she can call her own, and she has a boyfriend that dotes on her like no tomorrow. The only problem is, she doesn’t want to settle down, she literally can’t, and even though her boyfriend is a dream come true, she still wants to break it off with him before it gets too serious.
Easy enough right? Well, that all seems to change when Elise gets a call from her sister saying that her mother needs help back where they grew up, in Kentucky. This means that Elise will be away from her current problems, but shoved back into her problems she had as a youngster. That includes her first love Ben. Ben seems to be doing just fine in his own life now, but that doesn’t mean that the sight of Elise doesn’t bring back all those wonderful memories that they had together.
Truths about Elise and her family start to pop up as she is taking care of her mother, and trying to make sense of what her life with Ben meant and what her life with other boys meant. She has to figure out where she wants her life to go, and who she sees herself having a future with.
I just thought this book was a great summer time romance read, it wasn’t complicated, it made me laugh and made me swoon all at once. I think this is the perfect beach read. 5 out of 5 stars for me. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.