This book is free so you need to do the right thing by the author's generosity and write and honest review. This book is very well written. The characters are all introduced well, the storyline develops and keeps developing until the end. There are obvious sequels written in and all of these look well worth reading as well. C.E. Kilgore writes very real stories, this one had tears running down my cheeks as well as laugh out loud moments. You don't do that unless you become invested in the people and story.
I really enjoyed book 1 in this series. The character development is good including all the secondary characters back in this small home town. This was an easy book to read, it flowed nicely, and I just wanted to know what happened next. It was hard to put down. That being said, I think if i didn't get too know Sam, and especially Cody very well, I don't think I would have forgiven Cody as easily as Sam did. Which happened at the flick of a switch. Sam left Alvarado after a brutal beating, returning 5 years later for the funeral of the only mother figure he knew. Sam has carried the nightmares, insecurities and trauma with him since that beating, being unable to forgive those responsible. When Cody confesses the part that he played in the events of that night, he is quickly forgiven. The other beef I have is with Sam's father. Not wanting too give away too much. The Town of Alvarado is lucky Sam is very forgiving of those he has been mistreated by. Overall I enjoyed this book and would love to read Ricky's story.
You are drawn into the story from the first page. Beautifully written, powerful message about the damage bigotry and hate can have on people. Self discovery, self acceptance and forgiveness all lead to healing. A must read.