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Series: Happenstance #1
Author: Jamie McGuire
Genre: New Adult Romance
Published: May 9th, 2014
Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn’t–and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.
Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter’s feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings … both for his future, and for her.
But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin’s life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated
This is a short novella, easy to read with engaging, likeable characters.
I did feel that it was slightly rushed, the story-line was great, I loved the whole destiny aspect of it, but I would have liked more time to get to know the characters better. It definitely held the potential to be a full length novel.
Erin dreams of a better life, of belonging to a family that actually loves her, she studies hard, keeps her head down, tries to avoid the other Erins and their cruel remarks as much as possible atleast until senior year ends then she can leave town for good and be free.
“I know that I have shitty timing, because we’re both getting ready to move in different directions, but I’ve gotten really good at loving you from a distance.”
I loved Weston, he is gorgeous, kind and dreamy. He isn’t the typical hero though, he is not perfect, but he wants to be more, he wants to be better, he knows things are not right and he steps up and stands up for Erin leading them both into a sweet friendship that turns into an unlikely yet, tender relationship.
“…when you dream about something enough, you just have to hope that it becomes a reality.” He sighed. “I think about you all the time Erin.”
he is the star athlete at school, popular and smart, expected by everyone including his parents to follow a certain path, and she is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, unwanted and neglected by her mother and bullied by the other two Erins for just being of a lower economic class.
Weston and Erin find comfort in each other, I loved how caring and protective he was of her, their relationship was sweet and they bring out the best in one another. he realizes that sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe in and she learns to feel happiness and love with Weston. They find strength and courage in each other.
“Just let me be nice to you.”-Weston
Now the unexpected twist of events in this story came suddenly and out of the blue, I had to turn the page a few times to make sure I didn’t skip a few pages in between, it certainly did work in Erin’s favor and I felt happy for her, she deserved better than the hand she was dealt.
The story was some what predictable but I was still very much interested in following along and seeing the reaction from the characters once things unraveled.
The ending was satisfying, no cliffhangers thank god, and since it’s a three part story hopefully some of the unanswered questions will be addressed in the upcoming volumes, which I will definitely be reading. I love Jamie’s writing, she creates loveable characters that stay with you long after the story is done.
“You didn’t steal them Erin. They’re yours kind of like me.”-Weston
About the Author
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.
Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat