It had been eighteen years since she had seen him. Eighteen years. She could feel her heart begin to roar in her ears when he walked into the courtroom. As she tried to control her breathing, Ariana was certain that everyone around her could see her chest trying its level best to contain her racing heart. The rumors were true. Josiah Gaines was back in North Carolina. The only question was: What in the Sam hell was he doing back here?
Success is sweet. But for Miss Ariana Privott, it’s not quite enough. Yet the first moment she feels those butterflies fluttering in her stomach, her impulse is to turn tail and run. Will she ever overcome her fears and finally open up to the man of her dreams? Is it possible to turn your back on trauma and open your heart to love again? Will Ariana be able to hold it together, if she can finally fit her perfect little family together under one roof? And if so, for how long?
Tonza Ruffin’s latest novel is an exploration of love and loss, of grief and resilience. At once, an exploration of abuse and trauma, Ruffin navigates the dramatic emotional landscapes inhabited by her characters while somehow still instilling an overwhelming sense of hope in her reader.
-Alexander Spring, TypeRight