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“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 post 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.”
So what did I think about the book? To start off with, I LOVED Grounded and found it hard to put down. Grounded moved at a great pace, had a great story, and had characters that were (for the most part) well developed. I also felt it extremely easy to identify with the lead character, Annie. Even though Annie was supposed to be this farm-raised girl who moved to the big city before deciding to move back to the farm, her insecurities upon moving back were exactly how I felt when my husband I moved into the country. I was rooting for Annie to make peace with her Grandma and decide to stay in Kentucky and for Jake to come to his senses regarding Camille. The latter of that statement is actually what forced me to give this book a 4.5 instead of a 5, the huge amount of time it takes for Jake to come to his senses and for Jake and Annie to realize they’re meant for each other. As a matter of fact, I feel like if the author had spent less time on some of the secondary characters (which admittedly added to the country charm) there would have been more room to delve into this relationship. Overall though I’d love to read more by this author and this was a great debut novel for her.
4.5 out of 5