Across the Creek by Jeremy Asher
Across the Creek (Jesse & Sarah #1)
Life only gives you one first kiss.
And when Jesse Malone kissed Sarah Ramsey, he thought his life would change, but not in the way that it did. An unlikely childhood romance between a poor boy and a wealthy girl began the day Jesse decided to do the impossible and cross the creek. A love was born, one that would become their shelter, protecting them from the storms of their lives, until the day Jesse witnessed his mother’s murder, forcing him to leave his childhood home…and first love.
Ten years later, life has finally gotten better for Jesse. He has a loving family, a charming pet shop to run, and one semester left before graduating with a degree in architecture. Everything is great, until the day fate intervenes and his long-lost love walks into his shop and back into his life.
Sarah, engaged to a budding attorney, is struggling to keep everything together. Her father, diagnosed with terminal cancer, is running out of time. Sarah races to build their dream business while planning her wedding in time for her father to walk her down the aisle.
Their brief encounter starts a series of events that neither Jesse nor Sarah expects. After a decade of running, Jesse is now forced to face the demons from his past, while Sarah has to choose between her handsome attorney and her first love.
Just when they think love has given them a second chance, Jesse is faced with an impossible decision, one that will change their lives forever.
Across the Creek felt like a really short book. At the end I just felt like oh it is over already? I didn't feel like much happened in it so it was just okay.
The story starts off with Jesse and Sarah's first kiss, and the last time they have seen each other. Then it jumps to 10 years later when they stumble across each other again. There is the instant attraction again, but Sarah is engaged.
Even though Sarah is engaged, and loves her fiance, she is still attracted to Jesse. He is there for her when she needs someone. Really they don't make the fiancée very likable, which is a shame. Sarah seems like a good person, as does Jesse, but they both think they are not good enough for good people.
Sarah has a lot to deal with in this story. Her dad is dying and Jesse always seems to be there to help her through the hard times. It was an odd read because as I have said it didn't feel like much happened. There are a few chapters from Jesse's brothers point of view, and without him the ending would have been much different. Jesse thinks he has to save his brother all the time to repay him for what he did for Jesse when he was 12.
I had a hard time really connecting with everyone. It wasn't a bad story, it was just missing something that makes the story really engaging. I read it pretty quick, and I have the second book already so I will give that a read now, but it is just missing something. I don't know what it was that made it just a so so story for me. A quick, easy read, but not something that will stick with me forever.