Right Where We Left Us

St. Martin’s Griffin. Jun. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9781250822024. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Temperance Jean Madigan was born into a family of high-achieving and emotionally cold medical professionals. When her sister Maren bucks tradition and marries into the Brady family, choosing marriage and motherhood over medicine, Temperance becomes intertwined with a second family, one that’s full of noise, support, joy—and Duncan Brady. For one glorious summer, Temperance and Duncan shared a passionate romance, but circumstances pulled them apart. Ever since, they’ve had a fiery on-again, off-again physical relationship, matched only by their determination to avoid each other’s company. It’s been 14 years of passion and resentment when the wedding of Temperance’s best friend to Duncan’s brother throws them back together, forcing them to revisit what happened all those years ago and reimagine what their futures could be.
VERDICT This heart-wrenching story of young love facing challenging circumstances and complicated emotions is balanced by the Brady family’s unwavering love and support, helping the couple’s second chance at happiness feel real and earned. Readers who enjoy difficult, passionate, and swoony romances, such as Alisha Rai’s Hate To Want You, should take note of Devon’s (Bend Toward the Sun) latest.
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