Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Risk Worth Taking - Heather Hildenbrand Review


Book: A Risk Worth Taking
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Book Synopsis:
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.

Book Review:
First we meet one of our main characters, Summer, and we learn about how her stable life is suddenly rocked by the sudden split of her parents. Summer’s big dreams of going and continuing her education is put to a stop whenever she finds out that her father needs her help back home, and this is when things begin to change. Among the faces she’s known throughout her life she notices Ford, and from this moment he turns Summer’s planned and structure world upside down. I fell in love with the main characters straight away; their opposite looks on life. Ford how he has just as big as dreams as Summer, but instead he lets life plan his path for him and this is what he teaches Summer that you can’t always be in control. When reading this book you’re getting onboard of an emotional journey, watching someone’s life slowly open up like a flower. We watch Summer change from being trapped within herself, the anger towards her mother because of the divorce and her feelings towards Ford. Reading this book I felt my heart strings being pulled for Summer because she is finally opening herself up and drops her barriers to feel love, whenever she knows soon her world is going to come crashing down in five short months. Through this book you will want cry, you’ll laugh and with some of Ford’s comments you might even squirm! Reading this book I think really give you two different outlooks on life how we can plan things right down but sometimes we should let go and take the risks just as Summer did despite the outcome. But was the risk really worth taking for Summer?

Favourite Quotes:
It just means we'll have to change our mode of transportation, because you are most definitely not taking that dress off. Well, not yet”
"You should never settle. Life's too short. Do things that make you happy."
"You're not living unless you're risking."
"I thought you said love is a risk,"

All in All: I honestly loved this book, and I feel it did a perfect job at taking my heart on one bump journey. I wouldn’t give this a book pick it up as soon you as you can! I wish this wasn’t a one standing book because I fell in love with it, the character and their lives and I suppose that’s a good thing *sighhh*!

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