Being blamed for your parent’s sins and past mistakes is hard and one of the worst things that can happen to you. Having that parent be a preacher and a pillar of the community is even worse. Laurel has firsthand experience of this when the town turns against her and her mother because her father molested 6 boys he was counseling. Settlements were made and no one went to court, but the town still remembers and turns against the mother and daughter. Having her father die changed nothing and she wound up losing her mother to suicide when she couldn’t take it anymore.
Now Jase is back and he’s come to Laurel for help finding his 15 year old daughter. Laurel had a crush on Jase and it hasn’t changed even when the town ran him out of town for sleeping with his English teacher. It made it worse because she was the principles wife. Now Laurel is trying to sell the house she’s lived in since she was a girl. She’s lost her job as a music teacher because they refused to renew her contract. She’s trying to start over.
I more than anyone know how hard it is to be a PK -preacher’s kid. People judge you and expect more out of you than the other kids. It’s really exhausting. It’s even worse when the people you thought would stay by you turn on you when they should be protecting you and helping you. Most people don’t understand that kids are not responsible for their parent’s actions. They’re so filled with hate that the kids become the focus of it, even years later. I was glad that Laurel was able to pull through, move away and get that life she finally deserved. Not only that but she made up with her long lost best friend, Sarah, as well.
The love he left behind . . .
Laurel Harlow was once the princess of Bosque Bend, Texas: every door was open to the only daughter of the beloved minister and his well-bred wife. Then scandal rocked their family-and those same doors slammed shut. Now preparing the family mansion for sale, Laurel wants nothing more than to put the past behind her and move on. But when Jase Redlander appears on her doorstep, sixteen years after he left her heartbroken, she can't turn him away . . . especially when he needs her help.
. . . is the only thing worth coming home for
Jase never intended to come back to this one-horse town. But then his teenage daughter runs away, headed straight for Bosque Bend and the woman he once loved. The moment Jase sees Laurel again, he knows he never should have left all those years ago. There's a secret she's keeping from him, though-he's certain of it. Over the course of sunny days and sultry nights, Jase aims to find out what it is. And this time he'll show Laurel that this bad boy can be the man of her dreams . . . if she'll let him.