“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.”
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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.
“Then why did you marry her?” I ask, wondering if I’m really ready to go there with him, but it’s too late to change my mind. The question is out, and as much as I don’t want to know the answer, I need to know the answer.
“I wanted my kids to have what I didn’t. I believed that, with time, we could find a way to be happy.”
“Maybe we shouldn’t talk about this,” I say, changing my mind as nausea and jealousy turn my stomach.
“You loved your ex, baby. I know you did. I didn’t have that. I wanted it but never had it with her or anyone else since you.”
“Please stop.” Feeling tears burn the back of my eyes for him, I close them tight. Max and I were happy and in love in the beginning, and I hate knowing Zach never had that… the kids didn’t see or feel that.
“I wish my past didn’t hurt you so much. I’m sorry for hurting you the way I have. If I could take your pain away, I would.” He gathers me against him and tucks my head under his chin.
“As sad as it makes me, I wish you would have had that with her or someone else,” I say, and his arms tighten so much that my lungs compress.
“I don’t,” he growls.
“What?” I wheeze, and he loosens his grip just enough for me to take a breath.
“I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had been with her or someone else when you came back. I don’t want to face that demon inside of me that knows what I would have done.”
“I’ve been in love with you for almost eighteen years. I carried your missing pieces around inside me for that long, Shelby. I know it would have made me an asshole, but there is only one you. You’re the only place I’ve ever called home.” His voice is thick with emotion, and that wound inside of me fills up a little bit more. I hate his words, but a part of me is relieved he feels that way, that he feels so deeply for me.
“There’s been a wide open space inside me since we placed Samuel and I left you behind. But, from the moment I came back, it’s slowly been filling up.”
He goes quiet at my words. Several moments pass before he speaks again. “One day, that space will be full. I swear, with everything I have in me, I will make sure it’s overflowing and that you never feel empty again.”
My Review –
5 Heartbreaking Stars!!
Thank you so very much TRSOR Promotions for sending me a copy of Wide Open Spaces!! I am honored and grateful!! 🙂
Having read Ms.Reynolds’ work before I was extremely excited to dive into this!! I knew from reading the blurb beforehand that it would be a different kind of romance and oh goodness was it! Wide Open Spaces was an emotional rollercoaster ride of read for me and I was glued to my Kindle to see what would happen next. Shelby and Zach’s tale was one filled with serious topics, old wounds, new-found hope, the strength of family, heartwarming moments, and what it means to love and be loved in return.
At certain points I was frustrated with some characters and just some situations in general but i was glad due to how honest things were. Life isn’t easy nor are making choices and I liked that it focused on that. I couldn’t help but tear up at times because of how heartbreaking it was. I haven’t read many stories that deal with adoption and what it’s like for the parents which made me happy with how original everything was. The dedication was so incredibly beautiful. Ms.Reynolds created such a profound and moving story that I will never forget. I look forward to reading more of her books as soon as possible!! 🙂
Shelby Calder was a character that wanted nothing more than a happy life for her and her son Hunter. Moving back home to Alaska is where she hoped to find that for them. Dealing with not only the aftermath of a divorce, the passing of her sweet grandfather, and trying keep her child in good spirits she didn’t need anything else to be added to her plate especially love. When she comes face to face with the man she’s tried so hard to forget feelings and past memories can’t stay hidden. My heart really broke for her and I hated what she had to go through. I liked that she was kind to everyone. The special connection she had with her son was beautiful and I adored it. I admired how independent she was. I hoped in the end she wouldn’t be fearful of opening her heart and live the life she wanted with her son.
Zach Watters was a character that regretted the mistake he made by not going after the girl he loved but just like Shelby he was consumed by the pain of putting their child up for adoption. Fast forward years later he’s a Sheriff, divorced, and a proud father to twins Aubrey and Steven. When Shelby returns he’s determined to win back the woman he’s never stopped loving no matter the obstacles. During the beginning my feelings towards him were mixed. As the story progressed and I found out more I couldn’t help but fall for him as a character. He wasn’t perfect he was human and I really enjoyed that. I loved the relationship he had with his kids. To say that Zach was more than meets the eye would be an understatement. I hoped in the end he wouldn’t give up until he got the girl.
Will Shelby want anything to do with Zach? Will moving forward be impossible? And does love ever truly fade?
About the Author:
Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.
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