Rewind to You
By: Laura Johnston
Sept 15th, 2014
WISH YOU WERE HERE
One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.
But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.
When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…
Laura Johnston quickly drew me into Sienna and Austin's story. With the storyline centered on the city of Savannah,GA., it was easy for me to envision Sienna and Austin walking along River Street visiting the shops,and scrolling down Tybee beach. I’ve lived fairly close to Savannah my whole life, so this was a plus for me while reading this novel. Rewind to You also centers around death; the pain of those who are left behind, the struggle they have to deal with after losing a loved one. But it also shows us how meeting that special someone and their love has a way of filling the empty hole of loss in our hearts. And this will be what Austin and Sienna's love does for each other. Their love will be the healing and the forever kind.
Sienna was very naive at the first of this story. And this was hard for me, because I like to read and connect with a strong heroine. I did get a little impatient, wanting to see Sienna lift her chin high, straighten her back, and kick some butt with the situation between her mother and jerk of a boyfriend, Kyle. But I have to admit, I love seeing Sienna grow into her own, independent self through this story. And her love for Austin gave her the strength. I enjoy seeing love that encourages and builds one another. To me, that's romance, true love. And Laura Johnston delivered that kind of beautiful romance with Sienna and Austin.
Austin; I fell in love with him from the get go. Yep, this boy is beautiful inside and out. I do love a football star. Austin has had a horrible family life, but with everything he had to endure while growing up, he is an amazing guy. This boy had me shedding tears for him. Especially toward the end with what happens between him and his father.
Rewind To You is a beautiful, heart touching romance. Laura Johnston deals with a subject we don't want to think about, the loss of a loved one, but she did it with heartfelt tenderness and a beautiful romance. I recommend Sienna and Austin's love story as a must read.
5 Heart of Love
Laura Johnston lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and two children.
Growing up in Orem, Utah with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, dancing (reduced to dancing around the kitchen while cooking dinner these days), traveling, writing, writing and more writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU, her debut novel, was inspired by the loss of her father as a teenager.
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