Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Love Waits by Gerri Hill

I just finished Love Waits by Gerri Hill and it was such a great story.  Ashley Pence and Gina Granbury were high school sweethearts and first loves.  Ashley had it all, she was beautiful, well-to-do and a member of the cool crowd in school.  Gina was tall, thin and knew that to get into college she desperately needed a scholarship.  Good thing she was one heck of a basketball player!  An unlikely match that blossomed into a love so strong and deep.  But no one knew.  That just wasn't in the cards.  They made it through high school and into college and there, it all blew up.  Now, twenty years later, Ashley is a lawyer and Gina, a graphic artist.  On the 20 year high school reunion they finally come face to face again.  Each of them harboring hard feelings and a hurt that just won't let them be. 

This story is told in flashbacks and while I don't normally like a story like that, this one was so fascinating that I couldn't put it down.  You get to see the building of a friendship & love from the first tentative touches through the first bloom of true love while at the same time seeing the aftermath of a breakup that shouldn't have happened.  Both of them are so traumatized by this they go through their lives searching for that special someone but at the same time walling themselves away from anything that might be able to ease their hurt.  Can they find that special something, that spark again or will the pain and mistrust of 20 years keep them apart.

You can't help but ache for them.  Looking in from the outside it is so easy to see how they refuse to allow themselves to heal.  This is a wonderful, touching story and a great read.  I highly recommend it.

You can find the e-book version at Bella Books.  http://www.bellabooks.com/

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