ROMANCE

As Much as I Ever Could

Filles Vertes. May 2020. 300p. ISBN 9781946802583. pap. $14. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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CJ Ainsworth has been sent to live with her Memaw for the summer, in the hopes it will help her recover from the trauma of her mother and sister’s deaths in a car accident. Jett Ramsey, future NASCAR heartthrob with his own pile of trust issues, immediately recognizes the loss and hurt in CJ and is determined to help her overcome her fear of driving and maybe her fear of love. As the summer progresses, Memaw’s carefree but loving ways, Jett’s persistence, and friends old and new combine to help CJ to open up again. As the end of the summer draws nearer, CJ knows she’ll be leaving to testify at the trial related to her mother’s and sister’s deaths and Jett will be back on the circuit with all his adoring fans. CJ and Jett both realize they need to trust each other, and their family and friends, with their secrets and fears if they are going to have a shot at something more.
VERDICT Readers looking for a gentle read about recovering from grief, buoyed by a community of welcoming new friends and new love, will find Snow’s (Meant To Be Broken) latest fits the bill.

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