Title: The Future She Left Behind
Author: Marin Thomas
Genre: women’s lit, contemporary
Is this part of a series? No.
Publish Date: September 5th, 2017
Delivered divorce papers by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler wants to pack up and head home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants to reconnect with her mom, rediscover her art, and heal in the pleasant town.
There’s just one problem… Shirly Pratt, Katelyn’s mother-in-law, is not ready to give up the only one that has cared for her in three years. Hijacking the road trip, she goes along to Texas all the while acting her domineering, manipulative self. As Katelyn finds herself again she has to face some hard truths and decide where her life is headed. The reappearance of her ex-boyfriend Jackson Mendoza doesn’t make things any easier as old feelings come back and she finds the new, more mature Jackson even more attractive. This is one woman’s quest for peace, happiness, and a future forward.
My thanks to First to Read for an eARC of this book. There was a lot I liked about this book. For the most part it was a sweet, fast read with an interesting premise and fantastic characters. On the other hand, I sometimes felt like I was being beaten over the head with things that got repeated perhaps too often. The mothers are polar opposites, I got that the first twelve times…. After a while it detracted from my enjoyment. I liked that Jackson was imperfect, fighting with his view of himself, being a recovering alcoholic, and trying to forge a relationship with the mother that left him and his father. He was an honestly good man that wanted the best for everyone else and I could not help but love him for that. All in all, I found the book enjoyable and would recommend it. Four stars!
On the Adult Content Scale, there’s some language and sexual content. I would give it a five.
The book comes out 9-5-17. Go check it out!
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