Series: Hundred Oaks #5
Published by: SourceFire Books on July 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Jesse's Girl
Also by this author: Jesse's Girl
One Line: Strong set of characters with a steady-flowing plot. I really enjoyed this one.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
I definitely love Kenneally’s writing style. She has a way to make a contemporary both light-hearted and fun, but also deep and meaningful. And she does it well. This would be the second book I’ve read by her and I’ve fairly enjoyed each one. This one stirred a bit of emotions, especially considering how dedicated Annie was to competing in this marathon for the sake of her dead boyfriend. It’s a tribute to him and his life and I really appreciated her determination. I also liked seeing her struggle with her grief and how she eventually learns to move on with her life, in a good and healthy way.
While training for the marathon, Annie meets Jeremiah and things heat up pretty quickly. Overall, I think Kenneally handled their growing attraction and friendship well. Considering how Annie is still reeling from what happened to Kyle and trying to figure out her life, I liked that the romance with Jeremiah wasn’t the “big factor” in the story, it added to it, but it didn’t detract from the bigger story of Annie moving on. While I loved how their relationship progressed, I loved watching Annie train and seeing her deal with everyone else in her life just as much.
I can definitely describe this book as heartfelt and warm, but it’s also got a bit of humor and drama in it, too. It’s all mixed in together very well and I have to say this may be my favorite of Kenneally’s yet. Granted, I still need to read the first three books in this series, but it’s still good. I’d say this is a great summer read, or anytime read, really. I love that I’m never bored while reading her books, especially considering I’m not a fan of any kind of sport. This book was one of those “feel good” books that just leaves you smiling in the whole time.
About the Author: Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.
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