Cal is pretty much at rock bottom when the story begins. He is not perfect has made a lot of mistakes. Now he is ready to get his life back together and attempt to win back the woman he loves. This book is full of flawed characters making bad choices and trying to find their way, just like real life. Overall the story is about hope and forgiveness and, of course, love. I loved it and highly recommend.
This is the second book in the New Smyrna Beach series. I haven't read the first. Events from that book are referred to, but it is not necessary to have read it.
Ash's dad left his mom because he was gay and he couldn't pretend anymore. After an unpleasant experience with his girlfriend, Ash is now questioning his own sexuality. He has moved to Arizona near his father to figure things out. He meets up with his old childhood friend. Samma is planning to marry a man to please her family as well as continue a career that she hates. Both Ash and Samma are really struggling between what is right and what would make them happy. They both rely heavily on their faith to try to make the right decisions. This is an emotional read. It deals with sexuality and is written from the perspective that homosexual behavior is laid out in the Bible as sin. It is both tastefully and respectfully written. You will feel for both characters. I was a little unsure before I started reading, but I loved it and couldn't put it down.