Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.
But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who’s proving hard to find.
One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. When past and present collide, Anna has to decide where her future lies…
About the author:
Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.
When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.
Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.
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Anna, a New-Yorker at heart, is forced to leave the city. Her mother, the sole earning member of their family has walked out on Anna and her father, wiping out their bank accounts. She is saddened to leave her Richie-rich boyfriend Steven, best friend Fiona, her school, high rise apartment and the happening city life behind as they could no longer afford it but resolves to come back soon. They move to Edgewood falls, Ohio, where Anna grew up as a child.
The story revolves around Anna’s life changing stay at Edgewood falls where she reconnects with her old friend Natalie who supports her in all her endeavors to stay afloat. It paints the picture of a true friendship and makes you realize that if you don’t have the love and support that you get from friends and family, you don’t have much at all.
She meets Gavin, her boyfriend in fourth grade. Attracted to the sexuality pouring off him, she keeps reminding herself that she has a boyfriend. She feels ashamed of being attracted to Gavin as it was being disloyal to Steven. A girl who was adamant to go back to the city is now having thoughts about staying here longer. Will she go back to have the life she always wanted in the vibrant city? The twist in the story makes you flip through the pages quickly.
A beautiful narration of how the life of a city girl changes from riches to rags. How she does not give up, unleashes her confidence and meets her real self. Sometimes it’s moments like that, real complicated moments, absorbing moments, that make you realize that even hard times have things in them that make you feel alive. The story conveys a beautiful message that something good can happen to you only when you take the initiative of going after what you want.