Title: The Walker Boys #1: As You Turn Away
Author: Molli Moran
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
ARC Received From: Xpresso Book ToursTwo hearts, one life-changing summer, and a long-awaited second chance…
When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life.
Quinn shattered Jonah’s heart once, so getting involved with her isn’t something he’s sure he’s ready to do again. He became someone he didn’t recognize when he left home. He’s spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm’s length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.
But neither Quinn or Jonah can stay away from each other, especially when old feelings resurface. Something is pulling them back together, and they can’t deny their chemistry for long. One Georgia summer could change both their lives forever, if they can work through their past to have a future together.
Are you sure this is a new adult story? Because it is unlike any NA novel I've read as of late.
Jonah and Quinn are relative characters. Anyone can connect with them. They have family issues, make rash decisions, do things they regret for years. They're afforded a second chance at a love that lay dormant during their separation. They have a chance to mend broken relationships with family members that, in turn, give them each the strength to do what's right in their own relationship.
The format of this book really helped keep the story's pace as well as this reader's interest. Tucked between current narratives were pieces, flashbacks really, of Jonah and Quinn's relationship in the past. Good, bad, uncertain. Anger, sadness, love. Their story is told in such small pieces I couldn't help but continue reading. Knowing their past was just as important as knowing their present.
There were a lot of tender moments in this story. Quinn baring her soul to her father was such a game-changer to me. He was no longer the distant parent that he had become; he was the loving father she once knew and now needed. That relationship gave her strength to come to terms with so many different parts of herself that needed acknowledging and reconciling. I felt like she really needed that relationship and that it couldn't have happened at a much better time. Between losing her mother, opening up about their tumultuous past, and renewing her love for Jonah, she was going to need as many people in her corner as possible.
I had to give Jonah props for sticking to his guns and doing his best to apologize to his family for walking out on them and meaning it. Everything he did when he came home won him so much respect from me because he knew he had to make things right and he wasn't afraid to do it. Coming to grips with his feelings for Quinn and what he needed to do on that front was hard to swallow. He made valid points but giving her the space she needed to really heal was still difficult to read but only because I wanted them to have their second-chance romance so badly. In the end, his decision forced Quinn to face her problems and begin the road to emotional recovery.
Ms. Moran, you have a terrific beginning to your series. The characters are beautifully written, each with problems many readers can relate to. I loved how you wove the past into the present until everything had been revealed and they could finally move on to a future that was even brighter than before. And that was it, wasn't it? The reason for the title, I mean. They weren't turning away from each other or what they had, but they were turning away from their pasts and into the future they would finally have together.