This was my first visit to the town of Salvation, and I have to admit I am highly disappointed in myself for not making the visit A LOT sooner. With this being the third book in the series, I was concerned I'd be missing out on pertinent details since I was reading the books out of order, but I can honestly say that after reading this book I didn't get that feeling at all, if anything, I am now even more eager to read the first two installments in the series.
After being labeled the town outcast Olivia Sweet leaves home to become a famous model, after a few years of success on the catwalk, she is once again rejected by her "town" and sent packing. The only thing that makes her feel whole in life is a relationship she has with fellow hometown-er Mateo Garcia. While their relationship isn't exactly a conventional one, she stills tries to hold onto it, in hopes that they can have a normal life together, only once again to be rejected. Mateo is a soldier, a man of honor, and a man that has no intention of ever being tied down. And while he cares for Olivia, he knows that he just isn't the right man for her, so when she proposes they take their sexual relationship to the next level, he decides rejecting her is the most honorable and safe thing he can do for her, not realizing that he is making the biggest mistake of his life.
So, once again Olivia picks herself up and moves on, only to be cast away again. With nothing left to lose she decides to move back home to Salvation, in hopes of redeeming herself and finally finding some well deserved happiness, only to come face to face with the man her cast her aside so many years ago...
This story was a real treat to read, and a even more beautiful one to watch unfold. To watch Olivia suffer so many personal losses in her life, and then see her dust herself off and get back up again was not only empowering, but also a true testament of human spirit and strength. Ms. Flynn has truly outdone herself once again with the character development in this story!
I highly recommend you take a little time to visit the town of Salvation and meet these amazing characters that Ms. Flynn has created, you will not be disappointed!!
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