New York City flight attendant Annie Taylor is grounded, putting a halt to weekends in Rome and her jet-setting lifestyle. Soon her noncommittal boyfriend’s true nature is revealed, and to top it all off, she loses her apartment.
With nowhere else to go, Annie leaves the city for the family farm in Kentucky, a place she’s avoided for years. She finds a shotgun-wielding grandmother, a farm in disrepair, and a suspicious stranger renting the old stone house.
The country quiet haunts Annie with reminders of a past that can’t be changed. She tries persuading her grandmother to sell the farm, but is met with stubborn refusal? Yet in the midst of her crashing life, Annie sees a glimmer of hope for a second chance.
Jake Wilder is contemplating jumping off the corporate ladder to follow his passion for sustainable farming. He’s almost ready to propose to Camille, a girl who wants more, not less. Annie believes Jake is about to make a terrible mistake, but does she have the right to tell him?
As the summer heats up, so do Annie’s unexpected feelings for Jake and her interest in the land. When a sudden phone call comes from New York, Annie is forced to choose between coming to terms with her past or leaving it all behind.
Sabrina-Kate - 3 Star
I had so much trouble getting through this book which really made me sad because I felt Grounded started out so promising and intriguing. I loved the cover, for one, and yes that does matter to me. Gorgeous cover art, like this book definitely has, is something that will always appeal to me.
The idea of the story as well did appeal to me, and the first few chapters were definitely well written and interesting to me. Great descriptions and dialogue set the scene well for what was to come. Or at least I thought so.
This story, unfortunately, made me feel like I was spinning my wheels. It seemed to go nowhere fast while things were still happening if that makes sense. Basically, things were happening but nothing that seemed that important most of the time yet time was still going on, albeit quite slowly.
I also felt quite frustrated by the fact that Annie didn't seem to know what she wanted, and the fact that she didn't have a final confrontation with her boyfriend just seemed unrealistic to me. I know not everyone is the confrontational type, but it still seems to me that you would want to have some sort of closure.
Either way, this book just had so much promise at the beginning and I unfortunately just felt unsatisfied by the end of it despite what many would say was a happy ending.
Thank you to Koehler Books for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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