What I remember the most about that day was that it was completely ordinary. Then with one stupid decision everything fell apart and nothing was ever the same.
Rae Wilder wants nothing but a do over—but life doesn’t work that way. She’s stuck living out the consequences of her actions. At times the burden feels unbearable. College is supposed to be her second chance. New place.New people.New life.No one to know what she did.Despite that, she has still vowed to avoid everyone and everything at all costs. Unfortunately for her, an accidental run-in with the campus heartthrob, Cade Montgomery, derails that plan. He’s determined to thaw the ice around her heart and expose the girl she used to be. He wants to show her that life is worth living for and that she really is a Rae of Sunshine.

Rae of Sunshine is a powerful story. For Rae, a strong yet timid young woman who’s lived through a terrible tragedy, it’s about overcoming the past and self-forgiveness. For Cade, a gentle and caring guy, it’s about dealing with a difficult family situation. Both of these characters are damaged by what they’ve seen and what they’ve experienced and this story is about how fate can bring you the right person at the right time and help you move forward.

So much about this story is heartbreaking. The feelings of sadness and guilt that both Rae and Cade dealt with felt so real that I could feel the heaviness in own my heart as well. Yet, there was hope here too. When Cade, quite literally, came barreling into Rae’s life, things changed. They saw in each other the shoulder to lean on that each needed…and they saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I absolutely adored Cade’s tenacity. The fact that he never gave up on Rae, and was patient and so kind with her, just softened my heart. Every person needs a Cade in their life – someone with equal amounts of tenderness, strength, humor, and love to spare. Even as he deals with his own demons, he still focuses on Rae’s needs. Their progression from friendship to more was heart-warming.

This story touched me deeply and I really liked that there weren’t many unnecessary plots just to add drama. The story moved at what some might feel is a slow pace but I don’t think the author could have done justice to Rae and Cade’s story in any other fashion. They needed to come to terms with their lives and make decisions about the future…and couldn’t do that without time. I should also say that I loved the secondary characters, especially Thea and Nova, and I’m looking forward to reading their stories. The friendship between all of these characters can only get stronger and will undoubtedly help them all heal. This is a book that makes you think, that makes you feel and that gives you hope that it’s possible to move forward from your own tragedies. It’s definitely a book you should consider reading!

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