After losing his family, Jack Simon moved to the remote Alabama woods to be alone. But when an uncommunicative boy appears on his property, everything changes. Dedicated social worker Elise Ramsey explains the boy is an orphan with autism who lives in a nearby children’s home. The beautiful woman seems so hopeful about young Cody’s kinship with Jack, and despite his vows to never be a husband or father again, Jack can’t help being drawn into both their lives. But can the rugged recluse truly open his heart again and chance loving the woman and boy who’ve come to mean so much to him?
Yet again, another book sold me with just a glance at the cover. I thought it was such a cute sweet family picture. While I loved the cover, the story was sorta ‘meh’ . I mean I liked it, but it didn’t wow me, but held my attention enough for me to finish it. I felt like Jack and Elise’s feelings for one another formed too quick to me. Within the first meeting between the two, bother were attracted to one another. To me, it was very believable, or not to me as I sometimes see attractive men every other day, but I never have ‘feelings’ for them upon seeing them. I guess I am not fan of fast paced instance romances in books. I like for them to build over time. But other than that, the characters were pretty likable.
Jack, a 32 year old man, who is living in solitude like a lumberjack in the woods trying to escape the pain and grief of losing his family in a tragic plane crash. He wants nothing to do with his former life, he just wants to be left alone. Elise, a 28 year old woman who works and lives to help children with autism get adopted or fostered into loving homes. She has a kind heart and often has a habit of trying to fix people and their problems which stems from her dads struggle with Asperger’s and her deceased husbands struggle with depression. When she seeks Jack’s sadness in his eyes, she wants to help him, connect back to his faith, but he refuses as he felt Hod let him down when his family was taken away. Cody, a 11 year old boy who is autistic, who Elise is currently trying to help, stumbles upon Jack in the woods, has a big impact on Jack as he reminds him of his son. Seeing Cody’s timidness and unwilling to communicate, he wants to help him – and Elise – to get him adopted.
Throughout their many meetings, Jack grows attached to Cody and Elise, though he fights it as he doesn’t to to feel or care for another being and have them tragically taken away again. But in the end, his feelings for Cody and Elise win out and he gives in to them.
Another character that I thought was cute, was little 4 year old Naomi. The way she was written and how she told Elise that she loved her from the moon and back was just too cute.
That being said, as I liked the book, I don’ think I’d read it again. I’d lump it into the ‘one read and done’ category as I feel I already experienced everything that there is to experience with the first read.