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Where She Belongs by Cindy Procter-King
Published by Self Published on 2012-12
Reviewed by Vanessa
She never wants to go home again. For Jess Morgan, Destiny Falls holds too many painful memories. Nine years ago, a logging accident near the remote timber town killed her dad and her high school sweetheart. To make matters worse, her mother quickly sought comfort with another man. That choice tore Jess apart and drove her to seek a life far away. But now fate steps in, and family obligations force her return home. Before long, she's convinced that persuading her mom to live with her in Toronto will repair their shattered bond. However, she doesn't count on a long-ago friend re-entering her life and challenging her convictions. Rugged forester Adam Wright believes in family, roots, and not running from heartache. Now, all he wants is to help Jess break down the walls of the lonely sanctuary she's built for herself and heal her past hurts. It's not until she rejects his proposal that Adam realizes his legendary persistence has pushed her further away-not at all what he intended. Has he lost his chance? Or can he convince Jess that where she truly belongs is with him...forever?
Jessie Morgan, a shoe buyer from Toronto, returns home to Destiny Falls to be with her estranged mother after her stepfather passes away. Jessie and her mother weren’t close as Jessie grew up, and they seemed to grow further apart when her father and sweetheart were killed in an accident. She hadn’t been home since she and her stepfather and fought four years previously. Jessie’s mother is all she has right now and she wants to try to help her.
Adam Wright knew Jessie’s stepfather and liked him a lot. He is there for the widow and helps Jessie out as well. Adam has his own skeletons, but he doesn’t let them prevent him from finding happiness. However, one of his biggest flaws is pushing people too much and not letting them come to their own decisions in their own time. Adam opens some things up for Jessie, and she soon finds that her job doesn’t complete her as much as she thought it did. Jessie had learned to run from her pain and try to bury it. Can Adam convince Jessie that they belong together, or will he push her too far?
Where She Belongs had realistic characters with all their flaws and baggage in tow, looking to find their place in this world and their own personal happiness within themselves. Jessie needed to realize that life doesn’t have many guarantees and when she is knocked off course, she needs to get back up and try again. I liked that she stood up for herself with Adam when she needed to and that he actually stopped to look at things from her point of view. Where She Belongs had Jessie finding a sense of peace, belonging, and true happiness within herself, and not allowing an outer relationship to completely define her. I truly felt that she was living life after she came to the conclusions of putting some of the past to rest. Jessie just needed to get the past squared away in order to truly move on in the future.
Where She Belongs showed that Adam needed to learn that he doesn’t get to control or push people into things just because it’s what he wants. He has to trust that if the feelings are there, the person will arrive at the logical conclusion all in their own time and everyone will be better for it. Love doesn’t have to be the “be-all-end-all” type of love, but something that will enhance one another’s lives. I saw parallels between Jessie and Adam and her mother’s relationships with her husbands as well. It seemed that some forms of love can take a person completely over and other relationships suffer because of it.
I wished Where She Belongs had been longer, and that the depths of the characters’ despair had been plundered further. However, it seemed that the characters experienced the growth that they needed in the amount of space allotted to them. Where She Belongs was slow in the beginning, but as the characters were revealed more, they slowly grew on you and I was rooting for the H/h to get together in the end. Where She Belongs story had some humorous situations and nice dialogue peppered throughout with lighthearted situations and deeper emotions involved when dealing with the protagonists’ baggage.