Who knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love?
Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.
Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.
Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.
With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle—and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?
I was so happy to be back in Thunder Creek! You're Gonna Love Me is the second book in the series but can easily be read as a stand alone book. I highly recommend that you read the first book in the series, You'll Think of Me, just because it is SOOOO good. You can read my review of that book here. I loved You're Gonna Love Me, too!
The wonderful Gran falls off her horse and breaks her ankle which brings her granddaughter Samantha (Sam) to town. Sam is about as risk-averse as they come. Sam's feelings are understandable as we learn that she saw her father die in a tragic skiing accident when she was young.
Two years prior to coming to Thunder Creek, Sam dated Nick. Nick loves the thrill of adventure. The two had an ugly break up due to their differences. Sam tried to make amends for her part in the breakup but never got a response from Nick. Shortly after their breakup, Nick suffered a severe brain injury and never got any of the messages Sam sent or left for him.
Two years have gone by and Nick takes a job in Thunder Creek around the same time Sam comes to visit her grandmother (Gran). I absolutely love Gran in this book and series! Sam admits to her grandmother that she still has feelings for Nick. Gran immediately starts to think about how she can find out if he feels the same and if he's worthy of Sam's affections.
Nick expresses concern to his friend Derek about not knowing what the future may hold for him due to his brain injury and not wanting to pursue Sam because of it. Derek wisely tells him that none of us know what the future holds and that is where faith comes in.
I was so proud of and inspired by Sam for telling Nick that when they dated before, she had wanted more than he was willing to give. He realized that she was the one who had held them together as a couple and that he had been selfish. I was also proud of her for telling him what scared her about a relationship with him now and for asking God to help her deal with her fear.
I thought the tension between Sam and Nick was wonderful and it kept me turning the pages. Toward the end of the book, I didn't want to keep reading because I didn't want the book to end. I enjoyed Nick's parents and I liked the addition of his dog Boomer.
If you like contemporary Christian fiction, I highly recommend this book!