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In this evocative new series from author Sarah Hegger, a woman returns home after a long absence--and wonders if two wrongs really can make a right. . .

Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father--and it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.

Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long--make that very long--list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made. . .

“Sarah Hegger's voice is rich and witty and in a word, addictive.”--Terri Osburn, author of the bestselling Anchor Island series

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Nobody's Angel
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4.3 / 5
An intense story of second chances
September 7th, 2015
Years ago, Lucy left town in a whirlwind of chaos, dumping her boyfriend and stealing another one from someone else. But life didn't turn out as ideally as she expected back then, and now that she's facing her personal demons, she has to face all the people she let down. Back home with the parents she disappointed, she finds herself face to face with the man whose heart she left shattered. And while years have passed, those old feelings haven't really changed. But... I spent a good chunk of the book wondering why American characters raised near Chicago spoke in a way that seemed distinctly British — after I skipped back several pages to make sure I had the location correct. From Lucy's use of the word bloody (which I suppose she could have plucked from her British ex) to her announcing her field of study as physiotherapy (that would be physical therapy to Americans), I was a little thrown. Then there was the noticeable lack of contractions and a few turns of phrase that are pretty damned rare this side of the Atlantic. Of course, when I looked up the author, it all made sense – born in Britain and raised in South Africa. Don't get me wrong; I don't expect authors who speak a hell of a lot more languages than I do to get the American dialect perfect, but I definitely expect the editors to catch it. Still a good read, and the author's vocabulary is seriously impressive, but the editors… The Verdict: I have to admit that I went into this book with all the wrong expectations. I knew there would be some drama and angst, but I expected it to be a little more lighthearted — for lack of a better word. So it took me a little time to get on board with the slow-paced journey of a recovering alcoholic trying to make amends for her many liquor-fueled transgressions and finding love again somewhere along the way. Nine years ago, Lucy was the definition of a wild child. Having now met her parents, I can only assume much of her misbehavior and subsequent addiction is the product of an insane home life, and when she left town, she burned every bridge she'd ever crossed. Now back, she's working on the making amends part of a twelve-step program, and that means facing the parents she's disappointed and embarrassed, the classmate she relentlessly picked on, the former best friend whose boyfriend she skipped town with, and the man whose heart she shattered when she left. Richard has done well for himself since Lucy's abrupt departure, but while he's a successful doctor, his marriage is pretty much over. His wife Ashley was once Lucy's best friend, & they were both victims to Lucy's disregard for others. Richard's been carrying around his anger for nearly a decade, and his estranged wife has never forgiven Lucy for her betrayal. So when Lucy shows back up, making apologies and claiming to have changed, no one really wants to hear it. Lucy's story was sad to the Nth degree. The consummate party girl, she'd left behind the man she loved for the excitement of the man who belonged to her best friend, and somewhere between leaving and coming back so many years later, she'd hit rock bottom. A series of terrible decisions and shameful consequences, complete with a physically abusive boyfriend along the way, finally landed her in the hospital for the last time, and for three years, she'd been trying to beat the drink and learn to respect and love herself. Her reunion with Richard was tense, to say the least, and his anger wasn't just some overused plot device to cause conflict. A big part of him really did hate her for breaking his heart the way she did, and it took plenty of concession on her part to get him to put down the verbal weapons and see the person she'd grown to be. Their rekindling was incredibly slow-paced, and in that way it was also very realistic. This wasn't the story of a woman miraculously saved by the perfect man to carry her off into the sunset. Her parents were still awful, there were plenty in town who would rather she'd never returned, and a lot was revealed about just how difficult it is to crawl back from years of alcoholism. I can't say that kind of struggle is something I enjoy reading about, but I have to admire the way the author didn't spare any humility or shame in telling it. At the heart of the story was the second chance at happily ever after, & while it definitely took a while to get there, it was just perfect when things finally started coming together. Even that part wasn't easy, with Lucy's past being thrown in her face and the gossip mill fueled by none other than her mere presence. Witnessing her humiliation was tough, but Richard (& his family) were nothing short of perfect. Nobody's Angel is filled with drama, angst, & inner conflict, but it all felt very real right up through the end, finishing on a positive note without wrapping everything up in a way-too-neat bow. ***FicCentral received this book from for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Second Chances
March 31st, 2015
4.5 Stars! Sarah Hegger is a new-to-me author but the blurb caught my interest and I was expecting to read a light, fun story of a mean girl’s redemption and a second-chance love. What I got was a raw and emotional story that deals with the very difficult issue of alcoholism and by the end of the book I felt like I had just gone through a hurricane. Lucy Flint is a recovering alcoholic and has returned home to Willow Park for the first time after she left nine years ago, to help her mother with her father’s care. When she left town all those years, she did so under a cloud of scandal and her return gives her an opportunity to make amends to the town for all her hurtful and destructive behavior. Richard Hunter is the nice and good guy with a killer body and good looks. He was Lucy’s teenage love whose heart she broke when she left town all those years. Now Richard is all grown, lives right next door and is her parents’ doctor. With both Lucy and Richard in such proximity, the sparks re-ignite between them. I was completely drawn into this story because of Lucy. She is an amazing character who did not let her past keep her down. She grew up with an abusive father and a cowering and weak mother and with such parents, it’s no surprise that her self-esteem took a hit that led to her drinking and uncontrolled behavior. Nine years later, they had gotten worse and Lucy was brave and strong enough to deal maturely with them instead of trying to find the answers at the bottom of a bottle. It’s not an easy thing to boldly own up to mistakes and ask for forgiveness because of the fact that the responses cannot be controlled, but Lucy had to face her demons and a lot of the people in town had very long memories and were not willing to forgive that easily. I hated that almost no-one could see the new Lucy, but that she was being judged and found wanting based on her past and some people just took pleasure in striking out at her. NOBODY’S ANGEL is a must-read that highlights so many difficult issues but what struck me the most was the responses of some of the people Lucy apologized to. The anger and vitriol had festered for nine years and it spilled out in vengeful ways. It made me realize that trying to atone for past behavior does not come with a guarantee that the gesture would be accepted. One just has to take a chance and hope for the best. At the end, I was all for her leaving Willow Park for good and never returning. The ending was a little too abrupt for me and I wish that it had been extended a little to wrap up the story properly. All in all, NOBODY’s ANGEL is a great story of redemption and getting a second chance at first love. *I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
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Excellent
March 31st, 2015
Excellent book! Very different from anything I've read lately and it grabbed me from the very beginning. This is a new to me author and it appears this is her first venture into contemporary work. Well, from my point of view, job well done. I will definitely be looking for more from this author. This is a story of a young woman who hasn't lived her life the best way she could have. She has a lot to atone for and she is back in Willow Park to not only help her mother care for her father, but to apologize to the people she has hurt most in her life. I think this one should go on everyone's must read list. I highly recommend it.
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Rich, Real-World Emotion & Characters with Depth
March 31st, 2015
Oh, wow! If you're contemplating reading this one, I highly recommend you grab it NOW! This is such a lovely book. Rich with emotion and deep, well-written characters. It was so easy to be right there with them all the way through. And I'm not talking just about the hero and heroine either. This book makes you feel ALL of them. Lucy's mom, her sponsor, the hateful bitches from when Lucy was young, Richard's brother and mother...just an exceptional, passionate read all the way around. Seriously, if you want a rock solid book all the way around--quality story, great writing, and emotional depth--you'll want to pick this one up.
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