When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.
Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.
Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations.
Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.
When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk.
Chelly’s Thoughts <3
What do you do when you feel like your whole life has been a lie? You thought your parents have been happily married for 25 years but all of a sudden you find out that’s not true. Is true love even real?
Summer Stafford had a good life. She grew up on the family farm, Heritage Plantation, with her best friend Casey and the perfect parents who loved and cared for her, as well as each other. She had a stable, parent-approved boyfriend and a plan for life, a dream of getting her Master’s degree and moving to the big city, but during her senior year that all went to hell. Out of nowhere she learns her parents are getting a divorce – 25 years together and it’s all thrown out the window. Were they ever happy together or was it all lie? Now she finds herself moving back to the farm to help her dad pick up the pieces her mother left when she moved out. No point in staying with her boyfriend either, true love is just a fairy tale. She’s swearing off boys for a while.
Ford O’Neal is a new summer intern at Heritage Plantation, he spends his time traveling from farm to farm working on his edible/medicinal herbs. Raised by hippies, he just goes with the flow and lives in the moment, there is no fun in planning life. Life is about the journey, not the destination. Love isn’t in the cards for him either, he feels it will just cloud his future and block him from fulfilling his dreams. Now, a summer fling with Summer Stafford? That sounds like the perfect way to spend the next few months. Can Ford convince Summer to just live in the moment and not worry about the future? They both know he’s leaving in the fall, so will a no-strings fling be just what they need or will it leave both of them with a broken heart?
A Risk Worth Taking is a great story of family, heart break, love, finding yourself, and just enjoying the journey. I loved all of the characters, especially Casey! He was the perfect “big brother” and played a huge part in Ford and Summer’s journey. If it wasn’t for the “To Do Before We’re Grown-Ups” list, who knows what would’ve happened. We all want to be happy in life, but sometimes you’ve got to ask yourself, is love a risk worth taking?
Heather Hildenbrands’s Bio:
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she’s not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she’s lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays.
Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she’d grab is her DVR player.
Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means “to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire.” This is something Accendo strives to do inside a reader’s imagination with every title released. For a complete list of titles and author bios, visit www.accendopress.com.
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