This is a sentimental and epic story about a young man, injured in the View Nam War, who returns to Dallas, Texas, in 1965, and begins rebuilding his life. Set against the rock and roll era of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, when casual sex and recreational drugs were the norm, two damaged people are thrown together by accident.
Returning from a VA hospital in Louisiana, twenty-six year old Carson Chance stops on the interstate to pick up a beautiful seventeen year old female hitch hiker named Amy Warren. He agrees to let her stay in his guest room until she gets on her feet and soon discovers that she is wanted for the murder of her abusive step-father.
After Amy’s incarceration she returns to Dallas in hopes of rekindling a relationship with Carson who feels their age difference is too great. She sets out to prove him wrong and their on-again, off-again romance finds conflict at every corner.
Carsons own life is threatened when a member of the Chicago mafia tries to hire him to find someone for them. When Carson refuses they use Amy to blackmail him into helping them. Carson barely escapes death again, and his addiction to drugs puts him over the edge and drives a deep wedge between him and Amy, his one true love.
This was a good one. Carson has had significant issues since returning from the War. When his path crosses with Amy Warren, both of their lives change. He finds out she is under age and later that she is wanted. Through an unusual and unexpected series of events, Carson and Amy flow through life. Murder, kidnapping and a host of other events make it to where they wonder if life will ever smooth out and there be a happily ever after.
I truly liked how these characters fit. The story started and I wasn't sure if it would plod along or be fast, and to my surprise, it sped right along. The characters were well developed and the story was just really good. I liked how it wasn't easy for them and both were broken, but they were right for each other. They definitely had to go through a lot!
A 4/5 for me. I really liked how the story didn't slow down and ramble.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.