She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.
For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.
She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.
No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.
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Steadfast is a fantastic read that is filled with heartbreak, forgiveness and never giving up on the right path to living life.
We met Jude in Bittersweet (this book can be read as a standalone, but highly recommend read the first one, because it's another fab read!), he is the ex-con working for Griff Shipley on his family's farm. The Shipley family has taken in Jude and given him a safety nest. Jude is a recovery addict. Every day is struggle for him to fight his addiction and guilt of that one deadly night. The night where everything changed.
Jude and Sophie Haines were young and in love. But their love was forbidden by her father, who happens to be the Chief of police. After that one accident, it sent Jude away for three years and he lost contact with Sophie (he thought she was better off). But life never got better after the accident for Sophie and her parents. I really felt for this girl. She was in love with a boy that caused so much pain, but she was willing and able to forgive him. And her family sucked!
When Jude is back home and trying to cope and find his place in life, he never expected to run into his ex and the love of his life, Sophie. But pushing her away is best for her. That's what he thinks. I can't and won't spoil this read for you, but I will say that there were many surprise events that take place.
Jude's addiction was real. Since you get his POV, you understand how hard it is for him to fight this demon that lives inside him. The struggle to fight and finding love again helps him get through it. And truths come out, making these two find their HEA.