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Michelle is going back to the town where she grew up. She's just learned that she's the only one who can save the father she barely knew. What she doesn't know is that this journey will be her last chance to save herself as well.
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Published January 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
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I expected a story about a woman who's had to brave single motherhood alone, who lost her first love, who feels abandoned.

What I didn't expect was a story about a spoiled, selfish brat who assumes the worst, refuses to communicate, and throws tantrums when she doesn't get her way. That's what this story is. It's the story of a spoiled little rich girl who feels she's getting the short end of the stick so she storms off in a huff. With the exception of her father, she keeps the paternity of her
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Tuba Özkat
3 yıldız verecektim, ama kadın karakter artık öyle sinirimi bozdu ki... Sinir harbi yaşadım. Sanırım bir kitapta gördüğüm en bencil, en kendini düşünen, en 'benbenbeneben' odaklı kitap karakterleri bunda toplanmıştı.

Özet geçeyim diyorum, onu da yapasım yok. En iyisi neden 2 yıldız verdiğimi söyleyeyim. Azıcık özet deneyeyim mi? Dur bakalım.

Michelle diye bir hatun var, babası ünlü bir oyuncu. Yıllar önce annesi ölünce, artık at çiftliği sahibi olan babasının yanında kalmış. O zamanlar 18 yaşında.
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Booklover
This book was an okay read,all the issues taken were handled really well except for the main characters Sam-Michelle,its a second chance at love story but i have my doubts about Sam-Michelle's HEA

Sam was a boy from wrong side of the track and Michelle is a movie actor's daughter,both meet sparks fly and they fall for each other but due to manupalations from others and Michelle's father Gavin they are seperated,Sam leaves town and Michelle leaves after Sam alone and pregnant

Michelle moves to Seat
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Kate Vale
While this story wraps itself around a love that began in Michelle and Sam's teen years, it so much more than a romance of love found again. It captures with poignant depictions of an angry 16-year-old boy who meets his birth father and his famous actor grandfather when Michelle never expected to make such an introduction. And it teaches Sam both the joys and pains of being a father when he must contend with Cody, his joy at working with the horses and his bad choices in so-called friends and re ...more
Sandra
Jul 20, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A touching story of love lost and reclaimed, forgiveness and the pain of misunderstanding.

Michelle is returning to her home town with her son in tow after 17 years to be with her estranged father when he is diagnosed with kidney failure.

When Michelle returns and runs into Sam McPhee, she is forced to dredge up the past and save herself from making the same mistakes twice.

Wiggs is an exceptional author who builds such real and nuanced characters complete with real problems. Very few authors can w
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Kris Wood
Mar 19, 2011 Kris Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievably surprise! I picked it up on an impulse at Target - hadn't heard of it or it's author. And after sooo many books that I didn't enjoy, I found myself thoroughly engrossed in this one and appreciating it fully! About 3/4 of the way through, I check to see what genre it is and...holy smokes, it is ROMANCE!!!! Evidently, a no-brainer with loveable characters, some fairly predictable drama and a happy ending were just what I needed! Truly a pleasant surprise!
Jaime Atkins
Jan 17, 2010 Jaime Atkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful story. I found myself connected on a very personal level to Michelle and Cody. It was more real sometimes than was comfortable. I felt every doubt and fear and then the joy that eventually rose above it. This was the first book I've read of Susan Wiggs, but I fully intend on reading more of her writing.
Maria
Apr 08, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Another Susan Wiggs that I wanted to never end. You get so wrapped up in her characters that you can hardly believe that the end has come and you no longer get to know what happens next. At least she leaves you full of hope. Plus it makes you want to move to Montana tomorrow. What a gifted writer she is!
Kristi1717
Jul 14, 2008 Kristi1717 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this one and really liked it. I couldn't put it down!!

This author seems to be very graphic about describing scenery (inside and out), but not too graphic in other areas.
Marianne Jay
Mar 24, 2009 Marianne Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Wiggs does it again. This woman can write!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bunny
Oct 03, 2009 Bunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I loved this book... one of my all time favorites. Susan knows how to draw you in and get you involved in the story.
Michele
Aug 18, 2012 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book filled with second chances; something we all need sometimes.
Babs
Oct 05, 2016 Babs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nachdem mir das letzte gelesene Buch von Susan Wiggs nur bedingt gefallen hat, war ich auf diesen Roman sehr gespannt, zumal der Klappentext einfach charmant rüberkommt. Und was soll ich sagen? Mit diesem Roman findet Wiggs zu ihrem gewohnten Charme zurück.

Im Mittelpunkt dieses Romans stehen Michelle und Sam, die eine gemeinsame Vergangenheit haben, sich jedoch seit 17 Jahren nicht mehr gesehen haben.
Michelle kehrt nach langer Zeit zu ihrem Vater zurück, mit dem sie sich nach einem Ereignis in d
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Allison Armstrong
Feb 20, 2017 Allison Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
I love that she got back to doing her art. Absorbing read.
Theresa
Overall I liked this book...Just a few problems with it:

Yes, I know it was first printed 10 years ago but for the reprint I got (just one month ago) why didn't they fix some easily fixed items...like replacing Discman with mp3 or headphones(which could have been used in the first place)and taking the no speed limit in Montana (which by the time the novel was first published was obsolete anyway)out.

Second problem with the book...the author's obvious lack of knowledge of small town life in genera
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Rhonda Rae Baker
I love the realism in Susan Wiggs stories...she is an amazing author that can weave a story so deep there is no way to put it down. As the story developed, and because it is a romance novel, I could tell where it might go...but with Susan Wiggs, one can never tell for sure.

Suspense in what the characters are going to do as each circumstance came up, kept me turning the pages. The difficulties with family loss and estrangement were the most important. Healing only comes when we can open our heart
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Sandy
I Know What Will Happen Next but Can't Wait to Read it Anyway!

This is a very sweet read. It delves deeply into feelings and very gradually the characters, who you can't help but love, work their way through the memories of love, hurt and back to love. Mother and son, daughter and negligent father, grandfather and grandson and father and the son he just learns he has when this son is already sixteen and an alcoholic mother and a son who never gives up on her. All reach the heart and now I'll miss
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Kristi Lewis
Sep 29, 2013 Kristi Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was even better the second time around! I enjoyed this book a lot more as I know what families go thru when a family member needs a kidney transplant. There has been a long family history on my husbands side where three brothers and his mom have all gone thru transplants over the years. There have been plenty of health scares and stress involved. It brings you closer together. Family means everything.
This was a page turner, it was not just father & daughter coming together, but also se
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HiDee Ekstrom
Jan 17, 2017 HiDee Ekstrom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Every time I read Sam's name, I pictured him as Sam Elliott. :)
Barbara
Jan 22, 2013 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance, ho-hum
Well, this is what you get when you put up walls in order to protect your feelings. I wanted to shake every single one of the main characters in this story because each one of them seemed to make the same mistake over and over again. While the book dragged on for a bit and was somewhat predictable, one by one everyone finally seemed to learn what they needed to learn, and it all fell into place at the end. Still, there was nothing remarkably likable about any of these characters - they were all ...more
Pat
Aug 24, 2010 Pat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfectly titled; and I could add a subtitle..."I Don't Care To Know You Either". I wouldn't be so harsh if this dribble didn't go on for over 500 pages. There could be a wonderful story in this book about a woman getting in touch with the father that she didn't know; or the first love that she lost contact with; or connecting with her rebellious teenage son. But this story wonders all over the place and I lost interest in any of the story lines. Wondering if I want to read any of h ...more
Sharon
Aug 07, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more of Susan Wiggs I read, the more I love her writing... very good book with wonderful characters and storyline... didn't want it to end and loved every minute of it... it is never to late to do the right thing or make up for lost time and bad choices... One of my favorites from her so far... recommend highly to one and all... may want some kleenex handy for some parts and be prepared to laugh loudly at other parts....
Nina Draganova
Sep 06, 2014 Nina Draganova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Сигурно някой ще каже , че тази книга е сладникава, но аз имам нужда от любов и на мен ми харесва да чета за такава любов и да продължавам да мечтая , че е възможна.

01.10.2016
Изобщо не си спомних , че съм чела тази книга.
Сега като я прочетох отново,забелязах това , което съм установила и за други американски автори-всичко е най. Супер красавци ,преуспели милионери и т.н.
Иначе се чете лесно,но не достига до сърцето.
Joyce Stratton
Mar 13, 2017 Joyce Stratton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The characters are very realistic, flawed but beautiful. Ms.Wiggs makes Montana come to life. I could imagine the mountains, cold, snow and wind.
Marleen
Mar 03, 2011 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: susan-wiggs
I enjoyed the first half of the book very much and I was ready to give this book a 4 star rating at that point. I was extremely entertained and swept away by the story’s plot and charismatic characters. I couldn’t wait to hear what happened next. The four protagonists meeting for the first time in seventeen years was an attractive outline and created great dynamics.On one side, Michelle, the lost daughter; Cody, her somewhat rebellious sixteen-year old son; on the other side Gavin, her “famous a ...more
Jan Mcleod
I expected a well-written story from Ms. Wiggs, but that is not what I got. There are many problems and emotions that are repeatedly restated. That went on for over 500 pages--BORING! None of the characters really had pleasing, rounded personalities, and even at the end of the novel the the character traits seemed forced, unfinished, and unrealistic. The foul language used repeatedly was uncalled for and offensive and certainly detracted from the story.
Michelle is a a distrustful control freak w
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Darcy
Dec 23, 2010 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, romance
Michelle is thrown for a curve when she gets some papers from her father, after further investigating them she realized he is dying from kidney failure, being the good daughter she quickly sees if she is a match to donate a kidney. It turns out she is, so after a 17 year estrangement she goes back to his house to save his life. The reason for the estrangement was her unexpected pregnancy and his reaction to it. Michelle pulls into town, and quickly sees the man who got her pregnant, throwing her ...more
Gail
Mar 23, 2011 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good, old-fashioned story about the view that romantic love can conquer all. Girl has high school sweetheart, makes some mistakes, gets a second chance, and in the end she is drawn out of her shell by the man that helped put her into it. Sidestory drama involves a surgical procedure to help a close relative, who also has some fences to mend. Overall, this was a fun read, something for the summer, on the beach, and to recapture our dreams of the "one" who will ride in and complete our l ...more
Susan Dalley
I usually adore Susan Wiggs, but this one didn't do it for me. I didn't hate it, but it's probably my least favorite. I really felt like the character arcs were unconvincing. Also, some things felt like they were more done for convenience than realism. For example, after the organ transplant, it felt like it was not moving the story quickly anymore, so Michelle and (especially) Gavin made "record-setting" recoveries.
Cynthia W
Aug 15, 2016 Cynthia W rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I hate when an author's backlist is republished, but the book shows up on the "New" list at bookstores & libraries. It's not new, which I didn't realize until I was about 50% done & I thought - this is all sounding v-e-r-y familiar. And it was, because I read it when it was actually NEW - in 2001.

I liked it better the first time around. The second time, I thought the heroine was a whining, complaining, passive-aggressive pain in the neck.
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