I did really like these two. They give everything they have to the kids at the school. Making sure they're on the right track and have a solid presence in their lives to talk to when they need it or have a babysitter for their "pumpkin-babies" from health class. They're good people and have nice chemistry. It was kinda fun seeing them insisting they were just "having fun" but actually falling in love.
This was more of Sam's journey. Jen's pretty solid on the home front and with her job but Sam's pretty much up in the air with everything. I liked seeing him come home and start to mend the very broken relationship with his mother. It had me tearing up a couple times as they dealt with the pain from the past and tried to move forward as a family.
"Before I go back to Texas, I'm going to get you a better phone so we can talk and do videos and stuff, okay?"While I liked a lot of things in this one I did have some trouble. I'm used to the slower speed of the series but this one felt even slower than normal and dragged a bit. My big issue, though, was the drama that was inserted into their relationship towards the end and made out to be an insurmountable issue...when really it wasn't. I didn't buy their meltdown and what was causing it. It never should have been an issue and took this down from a 3.5 to a 3. highlight for spoiler: he got a job in the next town that's 45 minutes away and that was just a deal breaker because no way could either of them drive the 45 minute commute (they claim weather in winter) and not once did anyone suggest how about find a house halfway between so you each have a 20 minute drive. I just couldn't accept that as an instant break up.
She looked nervous again. "I'm doing okay, but I don't know if I can afford that."
"I'm going to add you to my plan."
"A family plan."
He understood why she said the words in such a quiet voice. It was a stupid thing most people probably took for granted, but for them to share the word family--even if it was just a cell phone plan--was profound. "Yeah. We'll have a family plan."
So. Some issues but not a bad read overall. I do think the series as a whole is well worth the read. I loved watching a town in crisis start to mend itself and the people who call it home. It's not always an easy story to read but it's heartwarming watching them all come together to save their town and heal their relationships. It's a slow moving series but it's very touching and has been a lovely time I think. And it's not all doom and gloom. There are wonderful friendships that add a good bit of laughter and smiles in as well. So worthwhile even if this wasn't the strongest of the series.
Jen Cooper knows what she’s looking for, and it’s not Sam—he wasn’t even supposed to come back. She wants a cultured, romantic soul, not some rough-around-the-edges guy with calloused hands—and a hard, muscular body. But seeing him every day forces Jen to question what she really wants out of life. And as Sam begins to deal with his past, Jen discovers there’s more to him than she imagined.