Dixie might belong in Kissing Creek, but she’s got too many reasons to leave.
A decade ago, I had a plan. I’d graduate high school and make my place in the small southern town I belonged to. I’d leave my daddy’s run-down single-wide and ignore him when he got ugly. I’d send my mama to voicemail when she called from her fancy life in Chicago. Mostly, I’d wait for Deke to get through college and come back to me and the life we’d build together. I didn’t realize how suddenly plans can change.
Deke isn’t planning to leave their hometown, but he may have lost his reason to stay.
Ten years ago, I was the quiet one. The nerd with the glasses. President of the damn math club. A candidate for any college I chose. What I wanted was a life with Dixie. She believed I had more to offer, though. Encouraged me to shine for the world. But if I can’t admit it to myself, how do I confess I might want that, too? Turns out, I didn’t get the chance.
3.5 Heart Review by Ashley
I quasi remember reading about Dixie and Deke a handful of years ago so I was excited to go back and meet them in the before. When they were young and life was full of possibility.
I feel like Ruthie Henrick nailed Dixie. All of the conflicting emotions and actions of a teenager. The big love that wanted to burst out of her body. The willingness to sacrifice it all, even her own heart to ensure the promise of the person who meant the most to her, Deke.
And ohhhhhh that ending! I can't wait to see what's in store for Deke and Dixie as they come face to face years after their happiness fell apart. I just know it's going to be a powder keg of emotion.
About the Author
Ruthie's an Arizona girl, married to her high school sweetheart and mama to three grown sons. She writes contemporary romance with heroes who make you swoon, yet might live right next door. She's a true romance junkie and a lifetime avid reader who spent far too much time shushing the voices in her head—until the day she sat at her keyboard to see what all those voices had to say.
She's a big fan of coffee and easy to cook meals, and country music songwriters, who she believes are some of the best storytellers ever. She loves chatting with other readers, sharing her favorite books and authors, and discovering those new to her. Go by and hang out with her on any of her social media!
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