Bingo Square: Summer Read
Emma Blair is madly in love with her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They spend years after graduation travelling the world, both together and for their jobs, and love every minute of it. They’ve escaped their home town and love the freedom that brings. Then, on their one year wedding anniversary, the helicopter Jesse is on goes missing over the Pacific.
Emma is devastated. She slowly puts her life back together, returning to the hometown she had fled from and the humdrum life she never wanted. But it turns out that maybe she did want to run that family bookstore after all, and maybe a life of travel and living out of suitcases isn’t what she wants any more. And of course there’s Sam, a blast from the past that sets her heart racing again. They get engaged and are gearing up for a wedding when a phone call changes everything.
Jesse is alive. And he’s coming home.
What follows is a lovely exploration of love, and soul mates, and what all of that means when you have fallen in love again and your past love walks back into your life. Are you the same person you were with them? Do you still belong together? And what about that new love, the one who put you back together after the worst happened?
This is an excellent summer read. I’d say it’s light and easy reading, and it is, but it also has more depth than that, and that’s down to the characters and the time Reid spends developing each of them so that we care about the outcome. It would have been easy to have one man be so easily ‘the one’ for Emma, but I thought the book did a good job of balancing that. Having said that, it did seem a little bit predictable, but I didn’t mind in the slightest since it went exactly how I wanted it to go.