It was 1990, and we were tying yellow ribbons around old oak trees.
And we were waiting.
The time I’d spent with Grant Butler was stolen. Each moment between us only fueled our need for each other. He was older, and forbidden by my parents.
And then he was gone.
Grant wrote to me from Saudi Arabia, and in his very first letter, he asked me to marry him. In his last letter, he promised to hold me in his arms on my graduation day.
His last letter ended in forever.
As I tried to move on with my life, I was consumed each day with the memories of a ghost…
Of my young love. My first love.
On August 26th, 1997, he was finally found…
but I’d already lost him.
This is the story of our life…. and it’s only just begun.
First… and last.
Don’t you just love books about first love? First glance. First kiss. First flutters, heart racing, feeling so many emotions all at once. Your first love is one you’ll always remember, often it doesn’t last forever—but there are those rare times that it does.
Kimberly Adams captured Annie and Grant’s love story and it was so pure, so beautiful, life changing.
Although Grant and Annie are neighbors, they aren’t in the same circle of friends as Grant is two years older than Annie. When their paths do cross—fireworks.
“You’re the first.”
I searched his eyes, confusion evident in my gaze. “The first…what?”
His mouth was so close to mine. “The first to get stuck in here,” he replied, lifting his finger to tap against his temple. “And here.”
Grant reached for my hand, lifting my flattened palm to his chest.
Their love story is by far one of the most believable, incredible journeys I’ve ever taken. I absolutely loved the time period of this book; I felt like I was in brought back in time to my younger days, and it was fantastic!
“I could kiss you forever. All the time. You’re better than music.”
When Grant enlists in the Marines and is eventually deployed, you LIVE through every moment with Annie as she struggles to move through life without him by her side.
“You’re the first one I think of when I wake up, and the last one I think of when I go to sleep. And then maybe I’m lucky enough to dream about you.”
Kimberly Adams’ writing is poetic, so real, and utterly perfect. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. First will make you laugh, cry, and fall for every “first” Grant and Amy share.
“For the rest of my life.”
You know a book is incredible that once you’ve finished, it’s all you can think about for days. I can’t wait for more if Kimberly’s work. She is an incredible storyteller and delivered a novel that now sits on my top reads shelf for 2017!
About Kimberly Stedronsky
Kimberly Adams writes most genres from her picturesque farm in northeastern Ohio. She spends all of her time with her storybook husband and children, thankful for their happily ever after.
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