This book for me was a knock out, an absolute knock out. Well done Amy Harmon for delivering, once again, beautiful writing. She gives us the full Monte; complete characters and a gracefully well developed plot, all wrapped in brilliant writing.
I'm a city girl, born and raised, but I would live in Levan just to be Josie Jo's friend. She reminded me of myself at a younger age. This made Josie's character so relatable. Samuel was my 'dark knight' since the moment we met him. He was the gorgeous boy with a golden heart, bruised by tragedy and anger. We saw his tough exterior crack when he stood up for Josie-Jo. Her smile and growing love for him became the hammer and chisel that eventually set his heart free. Honestly, I had a bit of a crush on Samuel. He was that character that you'd want to stand up for you. It's a signature written into Amy Harmon characters. They have this strong exterior and are somewhat fragile inside while the main protagonist seems slight in form but has the heart of a lion and soul of a saint. I met such characters in another favourite of mine, "Making Faces" also by Amy Harmon. Anyone remembers Fern and Ambrose? It's a good signature to have in writing strong, complete characters.
Ok, back to this lovely book...
After the death of her mother, Jo didn't really have a female figure until she followed the white Cadillac up the hill and heard the music that made her cry. Of course, her Aunt was there but Mrs. Grimaldi breathed life into young Josie. The character of Mrs. Grimaldi was eccentric and passionate which added a bit of colour not only to the small town life of Josie but to the book as well. Josie discovered her gift of music which would be the tool to save her from a destructive path later on.
The plot had an interesting spin on a classic love story. She didn't realize, she had fallen in love and he fell in love but felt it was wrong because of the age difference. That's the ticket! Josie sounds like an older child but met Samuel when she was 13 and he was 18. Also, he was Navajo. Age and culture somehow couldn't keep these two apart. The plot thickens after Samuel graduates and leaves to join the military, he begins to write to her about his experiences. Of course, the letters got less and less until they stopped altogether. It was years later when Samuel came home to visit and ended up helping Josie birth a foal, that, things changed. That was one moment, I felt Samuel was between a rock and a hard place of having to turn her away from him. He saw the heartbreak but knew it wouldn't look right for a twenty something year old man be with a teenager. My mind completely understands but my heart screamed, "No!" and "Who cares?!" on behalf of Josie.
Tragedy struck just before Josie's wedding to Kasey Judd. The morning after graduation Kasey died and left Josie. The third fixture in her life to leave her. Oh, you thought Amy Harmon would stop there? Shortly after, her father had a stroke, on the morning she was packing for college. The point that Jo doesn't leave, everyone else does, was driven home.
Samuel came back when Josie needed it most but didn't expect it.
Josie sank into a black hole and when Samuel came back to find her there, he used the very things she used to help him. He let her realize that it's ok to leave; it's ok to walk away and follow your heart. Of course, their love finally comes forward and Josie is finally set free. I My heart simply melts for both Samuel and Josie who finally were free to love each other and find the beauty of life.
I must say I love Amy Harmon's books. She gives you real love and drama. I give this one
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