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Book Tour + Review & Giveaway - Wide Open Spaces by Aurora Rose Reynolds


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“Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder looking more beautiful than ever standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.”
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Blurb
That moment your life changes.
That moment that changes your life.
That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.
That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.
There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.

When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.

Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.

Some things never change and love is one of them.

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BETUL'S REVIEW
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


"We were meant to be here, right now in this moment. We were meant to find each other again."


When I read the blurb of this book it sounded like the perfect contemporary romance I am used to from Aurora. She is pretty much a go-to author for me when I am in a book funk, because even though her reads are light and fun it does have a small emotional punch to it. Nothing to make me ugly-cry for days but she definitely had me tearing up and even crying a couple of times.

"I've carried around an empty place in my soul for the last fifteen years, and the moment I saw you standing outside in the rain, that empty place filled up."

Wide Open Spaces was a great read for me. It was really fast-paced and had the right amount of emotional parts that took the book to another level. Especially the prologue was really difficult to read, because it was really heartbreaking and had me crying right away. I understood why Shelby decided to leave town and start a new life somewhere else. I also thought she did the right thing by coming back after 15 years. Zach and Shel's reunion was uncomfortable and emotional and that is understandable. Shelby was hesitant being around Zach because there will still open wounds. I was glad that it didn't take them long to talk it out. I don't like it when certain things are dragged out in books, so I was happy that wasn't the case in Wide Open Spaces. 

I loved Zach and Shelby a lot. It was obvious that they were still in love but the past made it difficult to move on together. I believe if Shelby stayed in town they would've eventually ended up hating each other and break up. The pain of what happened was too fresh. Her leaving was the best thing she did, because it made it possible for both of them to grow up.

"Sometimes, the road to happiness is full of trials and tribulations. You just have to figure out how to make it past the hard parts so you can find your piece of happiness."

Overall this was a great read for me, I can always depend on Aurora to deliver a beautiful and emotional read. The only thing that bothered me a little bit was the length of this book. It was over too quickly, and I have had the same feeling for Aurora's other books. Like I mentioned before it was very fast-paced and I was just missing a bit more character development, especially for Zach and Shelby as a couple. I was reading the last chapter and before I knew it it was over. I do want to mention that Aurora rocked the epilogue because we get a great look into the future which always brings a smile to my face. I loved all the secondary characters and I am happy that one of them is getting their own story. 

"There's been a wide open space inside me since...I left you behind. A space I didn't think would ever be full but from the moment I came back, it's slowly been filling up."
Excerpt

“Then why did you marry her?” I ask, wondering if I’m really ready to go there with him, but it’s too late to change my mind. The question is out, and as much as I don’t want to know the answer, I need to know the answer.
“I wanted my kids to have what I didn’t. I believed that, with time, we could find a way to be happy.”
“Maybe we shouldn’t talk about this,” I say, changing my mind as nausea and jealousy turn my stomach.
“You loved your ex, baby. I know you did. I didn’t have that. I wanted it but never had it with her or anyone else since you.”
“Please stop.” Feeling tears burn the back of my eyes for him, I close them tight. Max and I were happy and in love in the beginning, and I hate knowing Zach never had that… the kids didn’t see or feel that.
“I wish my past didn’t hurt you so much. I’m sorry for hurting you the way I have. If I could take your pain away, I would.” He gathers me against him and tucks my head under his chin.
“As sad as it makes me, I wish you would have had that with her or someone else,” I say, and his arms tighten so much that my lungs compress.
“I don’t,” he growls.
“What?” I wheeze, and he loosens his grip just enough for me to take a breath.
“I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had been with her or someone else when you came back. I don’t want to face that demon inside of me that knows what I would have done.”
“Zach—”
“I’ve been in love with you for almost eighteen years. I carried your missing pieces around inside me for that long, Shelby. I know it would have made me an asshole, but there is only one you. You’re the only place I’ve ever called home.” His voice is thick with emotion, and that wound inside of me fills up a little bit more. I hate his words, but a part of me is relieved he feels that way, that he feels so deeply for me.
“There’s been a wide open space inside me since we placed Samuel and I left you behind. But, from the moment I came back, it’s slowly been filling up.”
He goes quiet at my words. Several moments pass before he speaks again. “One day, that space will be full. I swear, with everything I have in me, I will make sure it’s overflowing and that you never feel empty again.”
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About the Author:

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.


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