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Where She Belongs Hardcover – December 16, 2011
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4 Stars! "Procter-King has written a 'home' for all of us. Destiny Falls is the place that holds your first love, your first triumph; it's where you lost a person you cared about. Jess is a character who women will identify with, having to forget a past that is beyond difficult to do." RT Book Reviews
"The latest from Procter-King, a Golden Heart finalist and author of Borrowing Alex, is a sentimental novel about love, grief, and coming home again. Jess is a sympathetic protagonist who learns the well-worn lesson that home is with the people you love." Booklist Online
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This was a very well-written book. The only grammatical error I found was "to you and I." The book started a little slowly for me, but the pace picked up before long. I felt there were way too many curse words. I found over sixty-some before I gave up tallying them. This author is too good with words. She doesn't need this redundancy. There were also several steamy, descriptive sex scenes. These were rather well-done considering the content and more realistic than many such scenes. I would have preferred the story without them, but I know many readers would disagree.
However, when her stepfather dies, Jess the shoe buyer returns to Destiny Falls to briefly be there in order to persuade her mom to live with her in Toronto as she hopes to mend their estrangement. Jess is stunned by how much her mother needs her and how much forester Adam Wright wants her. Adam pushes for a permanent relationship amidst their families in Destiny Falls but fearful of relationships as loved ones die Jess prepares to flee back to Ontario.
This is an entertaining family drama starring a young woman unable to move past the losses of her dad and her boyfriend. Jess makes the tale as she brings realism with her trauma. Her mom's inability to cope then and now enhance how alone Jess felt back then. Although Adam is a bull in a china shop when his beloved needs gentle support, fans will enjoy visiting Destiny Falls in picaresque British Columbia.
Adam Wright, whom Jess had a crush on when she was fourteen and he was seventeen, is Jess's best friend Molly's cousin and comes to pick Jess up at the airport while Molly stays with Jess's mother Nora, whose second husband has died.
Adam is comfortable in his own skin. He put his roots down deep in Destiny Falls and has that sense of belonging he needs. He is just as tenacious, steadfast, and persistent as his cousin Molly. He works to make Destiny Falls a better and more prosperous place to live He works hard in his business to obtain contracts that generate jobs and good wages for the local people. However, his attitude that others should like and be happy with what he is happy with has cost him dearly. Crysta and his unborn child are lost to him because of this attitude and now it colors his view of Jess whom he feels abandoned her mother and her hometown. He doesn't know the circumstances and is too quick to judge.
Nora, Jess's mother, is not blameless in Jess's feeling she doesn't really belong in Destiny Falls or anywhere else for that matter. Caught up in her own needs and loves over the years, Nora lost her connection with her only child.Read more ›
Adam Wright knew Jessie's stepfather and liked him a lot. He is there for the widow and helps Jessie out as well. Adam has his own skeletons, but he doesn't let them prevent him from finding happiness. However, one of his biggest flaws is pushing people too much and not letting them come to their own decisions in their own time. Adam opens some things up for Jessie, and she soon finds that her job doesn't complete her as much as she thought it did. Jessie had learned to run from her pain and try to bury it. Can Adam convince Jessie that they belong together, or will he push her too far?
Where She Belongs had realistic characters with all their flaws and baggage in tow, looking to find their place in this world and their own personal happiness within themselves. Jessie needed to realize that life doesn't have many guarantees and when she is knocked off course, she needs to get back up and try again. I liked that she stood up for herself with Adam when she needed to and that he actually stopped to look at things from her point of view. Where She Belongs had Jessie finding a sense of peace, belonging, and true happiness within herself, and not allowing an outer relationship to completely define her. I truly felt that she was living life after she came to the conclusions of putting some of the past to rest.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a wonderful romance that displayed how two hearts found each other. The couple were meant to be and it just took time and patience to happen.Published 12 days ago by Kate H
Totally enjoying story of life and love and how difficult they can be to work through.Published 1 month ago by Celese Morris
Title: Where She Belongs - Destiny Fall's 1
Author: Cindy Proctor-King
Publisher: Blue Orchard Books
Genre: Women's... Read more
This the first book I have read of yours & I enjoyed hard to put down , can't wait for book #2 love the story hope to read more of Adam & Jess & there life together .Published 2 months ago by Ladydene1
I loved this so much! Could have done with less of the smut, but was a great heartwarming read. Love.Published 2 months ago by DeborahAnn
Very boring. This book could have been done in 30 pages or less. Same thing over and over. No more by this author for mePublished 4 months ago by Baker-Wright
A book of finding yourself and re discovering love after a tragedy. This book is heart warming and shows there is life after death.Published 5 months ago by JohndeereHottie
Great read, I didn't want to put it down as soon as I started. The only thing I don't like about it is that i finished it so quickly. Read morePublished 5 months ago by becky3137