Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Book Review: Since You've Been Gone by Tari Faris

About the Book:

With her vision and his know-how, this thing just might work . . .

Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah's past difficult, but he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.

In order to avoid forcing a buyout of Leah's building, Jon will have to strike a compromise. Can the two of them work together? Or will their troubled past set the tone for their future?

My Thoughts:

Since You’ve Been Gone took a while to win me over. Having read previous stories by Tari Faris, I wasn’t surprised by the dual romances unfolding, but I didn’t appreciate Madison and Colby’s narrative interrupting Leah and Jon’s narrative. Somewhere around halfway through, I started to genuinely enjoy both stories. Leah and Jon remained my favorite couple in part due to their relationship history. Sometimes Leah’s drama and angst made me cringe, but I liked how she matured and learned life lessons. The concept of not letting a parent’s abandonment dictate your choices and beliefs about others resonated with me personally.

Since You’ve Been Gone lands as book three in the Restoring Heritage series by Tari Faris. A year or more ago, I read the prequel and book one (You Belong With Me), but I completely missed book two. As such, I struggled to keep all the side characters straight. I recommend reading the novels in order to avoid confusion, even though the story itself could be a stand-alone novel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review. Sounds like this series should be read in order. I'll remember that, thanks