Title: Anywhere but Here
Author: Anna Cruise
Published Date: February 24th 2014
Genre: NA Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Jacie Winslow is in the last place she wants to be.
Forced to leave school when she discovers her tuition money has mysteriously disappeared, Jacie returns to the barren wasteland of Silver Valley. Suddenly, she’s back in her own version of hell, living with her irresponsible mother—and her mother’s newest derelict boyfriend.
Stuck working a dead-end job in the local coffee shop as she tries to figure out a way back to college, Jacie meets Cade, a stranger who claims to just be passing through town. Jacie can’t help but wonder if there’s more to his story and, as she gets to know him better, finds him to be the lone
bright spot in Silver Valley.
But bright spots are fleeting in this desolate desert town. Especially when Jacie discovers the truth about what happened to the money she’d painstakingly saved—and what she’ll need to do to get it back
The story is quick paced, and the characters are likeable. It was very easy to empathize with the turmoil in the main character’s life as she struggles to better her life. Cade, the mysterious stranger, is instantly likeable. The secondary characters of Jacie’s mother and her boyfriend, Billy Bob were frightening. While those two characters and the conflict they presented seemed a little overplayed, it did add to the storyline.
I LOVED that Jacie and Cade didn’t instantly fall passionately in love and jump into bed. The development of their relationship, as well as the rest of Jacie’s relationships in her hometown, was realistic. I also loved that the ending didn’t turn out to be a miraculous HEA but continued to be realistic with Jacie’s pluck and determination being the key to her future instead of a knight in shining armor. This story role models young women being independent and working hard toward their goals.
I highly recommend this read—great for a day at the beach.
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