Steadfast (True North #2)
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Published: Rennie Road Books
She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.
Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.
For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.
She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.
No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.
Sophie hasn’t spoken to Jude since the night her brother died. Jude was to blame and thrown in jail for 3 years. She tried writing him and going to see him but he refused and didn’t want her to be associated with him and to move on with her life.
When Jude gets out he spends his summer on the Shipley Farm and helps them out. But once summer is over he has no other choice but to return home and to his hometown where everyone knows what he did. He has tried very very hard to stay out of everyone’s way, especially the town Sherriff, whose son he supposedly killed. But how do you do that in such a small town.