This Valentines Day remember your first love with Strawberry Wine, the new adult romance from bestselling author, Michelle Hughes.
Luke Parks was mine. My first kiss, my first love and my first broken heart. He swept me off my feet with just one look and after a summer of awakening my body to passion left me broken. He was twenty-four and to a girl of sixteen, I’d never been prepared for the devastation of loving and losing so completely. Time, like all things moves on, but my heart never fully recovered from watching him drive off down that country road out of my life.
Fate. Can you really escape your past?
I grew up, finished college and moved to the big city. I thought I’d left all those memories behind, but fate can be a real bitch. I’m a journalist now and my first real assignment throws me face first back in front of Luke. He’s opening a new tattoo parlor in Chicago and they want me to get his story. One look into his blue eyes and I’m remembering drinking strawberry wine and the summer nights we spent sharing everything but my virginity.
It was inevitable that he’d be my first lover.
The last summer night we’d spent together, I was determined to give him the one thing I’d kept from our relationship. At the last moment I’d balked but like I said, fate. There was no doubt in my mind that now that he was back in my life, I’d end up in his bed. My only sanity? My best friend and roommate, Jake. He’s that guy that you can always depend on, the one you have to call your friend because he’s just too sweet to be anything else. Fate was impossible to resist, so I could only hope when Luke destroyed my soul again, Jake would be there to pick up the pieces.
Sometimes your heart has to be broken before you can really understand love.
REVIEW BY BRANDY:
I was a fan of Michelle’s work long before I was her friend. She always manages to grip me in some way and drag me into her stories. I was given a copy of this story to read in exchange for my opinion. This was a sweet story that had me intrigued at the beginning. How many of us have fallen in love with the bad boy only to be burned? Mia had loved Luke for so long that getting over him was proving to be impossible. I am convinced that fate has a sick sense of humor. The minute she tries to get over him, he walks back into her life. Her best friend, Jake has been there with her for a long time and he is not happy with the turn things are taking when Mia falls under Luke’s spell again. I felt the tears streaming when she was broken and all hope was lost. I know for a fact that you have to be broken before you can find the strength to discover what love truly is. Thank you, Michelle for reminding me how much I loved Boone’s Farm, hot summer nights, the sweet agony of first love and what a forever love feels like.
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I grew up in the country and remember drinking Strawberry Wine with my friends on the lake. Writing this book was like reliving my past and needless to say a few tears fell when those memories flooded through my mind. Looking back now, I remember how I thought I’d never get over my first love. I think we all have one of those, that guy that just never leaves your thoughts no matter how many years have passed. Even though you know leaving him behind was the best thing, it still tugs at your heartstrings to remember how naive you were when that first kiss awakened you.
As a mom of five and married, believe me many years have flown by. That being said I can recall with vivid clarity those awkward years when you thought you knew everything and doubted you’d be able to live another day if he didn’t love you back. I’m hoping that when readers thumb through the pages, they remember those feelings. For myself, I wouldn’t go back to those days if I could, but when something stays in your mind for that long it’s hard not to look back with a smile or a tear.