Staying For Good

(MOST LIKELY TO #2)

by Catherine Bybee                                                                                                                                   → German

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Staying For GoodWall Street Journal bestseller.

“Zoe Brown may have been voted Most Likely to Never Leave River Bend, but the paper-thin walls and suffocating air of her family’s double-wide trailer were not what she wanted for her life. Other than BFFs Melanie and Jo, the only thing that kept Zoe sane during high school was her boyfriend, Luke.

She didn’t just leave, she escaped—turning her back on the shame of her black-sheep siblings and imprisoned dad. Now a celebrity chef in Dallas, she can afford all the things she never could have growing up. But when she returns to rustic, ruggedly beautiful River Bend, Zoe has to face all that she abandoned—including Luke.

While Luke was a refuge for Zoe in the past, he knows they inhabit totally different worlds now. Anchored by his parents and his job as a mechanic in his father’s shop, Luke never felt the urge to leave River Bend—until Zoe’s return.

But when the two rekindle their old flame, Zoe is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: remain in River Bend and confront her past before it destroys her, or say good-bye to everyone she’s ever loved … again, this time for good.”

Welcome back to River Bend for the second chapter of this amazing adventure with Zoe, Melanie, and Jo.

This book focuses on Zoe’s story. Years before she has left River Bend to find herself and to escape from a disastrous family situation and with sacrifices and hard work she has now realized all her professional goals. Thanks to her position she also has enough money to help her mother and her siblings to live with dignity.

But now everything is going to change. After many years in jail, her father will be released, and Zoe will face the same feelings and fears of the past.

In the meantime, we will also participate in Melanie’s wedding preparations, and we will enjoy many lovely moments of this amazing and harmonious group of friends.

And … Drumroll …  Zoe will rediscover her feelings for Luke. His, in spite of all the years and the different cities, have remained the same.

Now their love could finally have another chance to sparkle …

I loved this book and Catherine’s ability to write such compelling plot. She fantastically introduces her characters and makes you love all their qualities and flaws. Moreover, even if the characters are already familiar, I think that each book reveals moments of the past in a new light and perspective, that makes them always so interesting and never boring, and this time was Zoe’s turn.

This book is not a standalone novel, so if you’re curious about it, you should first read “Doing It Over”. Now, I’m ready for the third and last chapter in River Bend with our joyful, determined, ironic, and dreaming girls.

Thanks again Catherine, I think this book deserves five out five stars.


Publication date: January 24, 2017
Series: A Most Likely To Novel (Book 2)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance (January 24, 2017)
Language: English


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