ARC REVIEW

If You stay by Barbara Meyers

If You stay by Barbara Meyers

Description

A runaway daughter. An unforgiving father. A reluctant artist.

At 18, Joy Laurence took off with the local bad boy who left her widowed, broke and pregnant. Back then her formidable minister father hung up on her when she called home. Now that sheโ€™s back, he slams the door in her face. But for her adult daughterโ€™s sake, she is determined to make peace with her family.

Although romance isnโ€™t even on her radar, Joy canโ€™t resist troubled and talented Granger Sullivanโ€™s rough edges and skilled hands. And in his rebellious teenage daughter she sees her own reflection.

Joyโ€™s excitement dies when reconnecting with her past results not only in broken hearts, but broken lives. Including hers.
She could admit defeat and walk away a second time.

But if she stays, can she find a way to reconcile with her loved ones and build the life she wants?

Publication Date 1/5/2022

My Review

Not an author Iโ€™d read before, but itโ€™s good to swap things up once in a while (and Iโ€™d been read a lot of dark romance,) so with that in mind I grab the bookโ€ฆ..

Joy took off with her boyfriend against the wishes of her father. Never thinking or looking backโ€ฆ..

But happiness isnโ€™t always promised, and when Joy is left a young mum and widow, she reaches out to her father. 

After telling her what he thinks of her, he hangs up, poor Joy is on her ownโ€ฆ..

Future Joy and her daughter have grown up and Joy has returned back to her by home town. 

She hopes that enough time has passed and that her father will finally forgive her and make room in his heart for his daughter and granddaughter. 

But itโ€™s not going to be that easy, her father still wants nothing to do with her!! 

But with her mother on her side, Joy hopes to melt her fathers hard heart, but that comes with itโ€™s own set of issues. Maybe Joy shouldnโ€™t have come back! Itโ€™s only causing friction between her parents.

Granger is a struggling single father with a stroppy teenager. He has his own issues, one of abandonment (his wife left without looking back) and of inadequacy! (He blames himself for his wife leaving) so trust is a big issue with him.

Granger knows of Joy from his youth, he had a crush on her as a kid. But can he let his guard down and let another woman in? Or will his insecurities and lack of trust ruin what could be a second chance at happiness for Granger and Joy?

I had tears as I read this book, both with happiness and sadness.

There is families at war, sullen teenager angst, trust issues, condemnation and misunderstandings.

We also get tender moments, funny moments and moments where bridges are trying to be mended.

We get points of views from a lot of people, at first it was a little too much information being thrown at you.

But the further into the book we get, then more sense all the voices make. They all need to have a say.

itโ€™s not just about a second chance romance, itโ€™s about forgiveness, about families mending themselves and each other.

But when doors are shut in your face time after time, doesnโ€™t that tell you something? Isnโ€™t it time to admit defeat and move onโ€ฆ.. Joy could, but I get that sheโ€™s a fighter. Sheโ€™s had to be.

Granger is a little antisocial, but I get why.

There are so many characters that youโ€™ll identify and sympathise with.

I read it in one sitting, and Iโ€™d highly recommended the book.

๐Ÿฆ‹

*Arc supplied by The Reading Cafe

Published by jab1969

Hi Iโ€™m an avid reader. I also write reviews for the books I read. Come in and say hi. You can find me on GoodReads, Bookbub, and NetGalley ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป I also review on an awesome site The Reading Cafe (run by Barb and Sandy) So ........ More about me ๐Ÿคจ Iโ€™m almost 50 ๐Ÿคซ Iโ€™ve been married (for 27 years) I have a 30 year old son. I had a daughter, I lost her a week before her 21st birthday ๐Ÿ˜ฅ and itโ€™s been 5 years since sheโ€™s been gone (and not a day goes by that I donโ€™t miss her) I work as a salad ๐Ÿฅ— chef ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ in a restaurant, havenโ€™t been there long (before that I worked in Tesco) a large supermarket in the UK. I also like to make craft items (and if your really lucky) and Iโ€™ll try to post my efforts on here ๐Ÿ˜‰ My daughter loved butterflies (so part of my blog name is dedicated to her) Iโ€™ve taken on her love of butterflies (I have several tattoos) so Iโ€™m probably going to throw quiet a few butterflies on here ๐Ÿ˜‰ I LOVE PENGUINS ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’•so Iโ€™m also going to be putting a few on here (my library holds a few) ๐Ÿ˜‰ <img src="https://d1vbo0kv48thhl.cloudfront.net/images/featured_book_reviewer_big.png"

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started
%d bloggers like this: