Aug 25, 2014

A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.
Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.
Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations.
Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.
When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk. 

 Summer's back home. She graduated from college and has decided to work at her father's farm instead of living in the city and doing more studying. She's working as the farm's bookkeeper, her father isn't very good at it and her mother left him and the farm to be able to do her own things. Summer's heartbroken because of her parents' divorce. It constantly makes her question her past, her perspective on life and the decisions she's made. Being back at the farm has some advantages. Summer is happy to see her old friends again. She loves the busy summers. Things become even more fun when she meets Ford. He's a challenge for Summer. Ford will move away after five months to work on another farm. He's only there for a short time and Summer has to break a lot of her own rules to be with him. They want to have a wonderful, long summer together and then Ford will be gone. Love isn't in the picture. Ford doesn't want to give up his own dreams for a woman, so he's not looking for anything permanent. When he meets Summer he's starting to question his ideals and goals in life, but is it possible to change so easily in such a short amount of time?
A Risk Worth Taking is a lovely countryside story. There's so much chemistry between Summer and Ford, but they each have their own baggage, because of their parents and their childhood. Both of them have a lot of discoveries to make when it comes to love. Summer is pretty, smart and she's both sensible and wild. She loves running around, racing her friends and fast vehicles. Ford is very wise when it comes to others, but there are things he needs to figure out as well. It's obvious from the moment they meet that Summer and Ford like each other. What they have between them is both hot and sweet. I liked that. I think A Risk Worth Taking is a great story and I loved the atmosphere, the setting, the main characters and most of all the emotional side of this story. Matters of the heart are very important and that's exactly what this book is all about.

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