- Adult Contemporary Romance
- Published: November 16, 2015
About BUILT TO LAST
At seventeen, the small town of Saltwater Springs had been everything to Scarlett Devereaux—as had her boyfriend Luke. Never had she imagined she’d have to leave them both behind—until the night that changed everything. A decade after skipping town Scarlett returns to start over in the only place that ever really felt like home. But when nothing goes as planned, she’s forced to turn to Luke for help.
With a drunk for a dad and a mom making pocket change at the local diner, no one ever thought Luke Garrity would amount to anything. After building a successful contracting business he’s proven everyone wrong professionally, but things in his personal life are upside down. Making it the exact wrong time for Scarlett to return to Saltwater Springs.
With a history of devastation and heartbreak between them can Scarlett and Luke make amends, or will secrets from the past threaten the foundation of Scarlett’s new life? Were Luke and Scarlett really built to last?
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I just loved this sweet and emotional second chance romance set in a small town. Small town contemporary romances are some of my favorite types of books to read. Right from the beginning I felt like was reading a Jill Shalvis novel! The town of Saltwater springs feels charming, cozy, warm, and inviting. I want to runaway and live there!
We first meet Scarlett when she has moved back to her hometown to settle her parents financial affairs and start her own business of running a bakery which she has longed to do since she was a child. While looking for a contractor to help her renovate her store space, she runs into her first love, Luke Garrity. Luke still harbors some animosity towards Scarlett from mysteriously leaving him 10 years earlier without a word. From their first meeting on the pages you could see and feel the spark of chemistry between them. Even as they fought and I just loved getting to see that.
Scarlett clearly still has feelings for Luke, but refuses to really confront them for fear of Luke finding out why she really left him all of those years ago. She also believes that there isn’t any hope for her and Luke having a future together because of the secret that she is keeping from him. She doesn’t want to hurt him anymore than she already has. Luke still believes that they are meant to be together, even after all of this time, so they start spending time together.
The supporting cast of characters are wonderful too! From the elderly Mrs. M with her nosy and gossipy nature, to Scarlett’s long time BFF, Layla. I especially loved Shelby, Scarlett’s friend who runs the local flower shop. She has the funniest southern sayings that made me chuckle.
This book is a wonderful story about forgiveness and learning to lean on those who love and care for you. It even has a little bit of mystery and suspense thrown in for good measure. Definitely add this book to your TBR and get to it as soon as you can. This was my first Elisabeth Grace book and it won’t be my last.
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