Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: April 30th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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The memory of a stolen kiss ten years ago stirs up an adventure eighty years in the making. Wynn Jeffries has wanderlust. Unfortunately, her life stalled somewhere between graduating college and slinging drinks at the local dive bar. Stuck in a one-room apartment with no career, no boyfriend, no...life, she dreams of something more. Something amazing. Something like Oliver Reeves, her high school crush, who's back in town and reminding Wynn of the way she used to want things.
When a forgotten news-clipping about two prohibition moonshiners falls out of a book belonging to Wynn's grandmother, a well-kept family secret is finally revealed. Is Wynn's gypsy spirit the result of an overactive imagination or did she inherit it from a woman so determined to live a big life that she gave up everything to have it? The choices we make now shape our future. It's the fear of making the wrong ones that give us doubt. So the question is: how much are we willing to sacrifice to have the life we want?
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Wynn was born a dreamer with the spirit of a gypsy, but now she is completely stuck and life is passing her by. She pushes aside her dreams to be the caretaker of her family, working in a bar and applying for a teaching job she doesn’t want.
“ I haven’t moved forward. I’ve been lazy with my dreams and that’s worse than fear because at least if I was afraid it’d mean I was trying to change. But I’m not, and I haven’t been for a long time. “ –Wynn
Honestly, I totally and immediately connected with Wynn. As I was reading, I kept finding myself nodding my head in agreement with so many things she said. The highlight feature on my Kindle was getting quite a workout. I know Wynn and I would have been best friends in high school. Nerdy, awkward, and always on the fringe? Yep, I was rocking that as a teenager.
“ I didn’t know who I wanted to be. Getting good grades, pleasing people, being a good daughter, those things were easy. Admitting I had no desires beyond leaving, traveling the world like a gypsy, it was too hard to make people understand. So I stopped trying. “ — Wynn
Get out of my head, Emily Hemmer.
The expectations Wynn’s family had for her was stifling. However, once Oliver returns to town, he nudges her to find out what happened in the past, to have closure, and to heal the hurt in her family. He was so caring and supportive of Wynn, and their relationship helped to break through her reluctance to put herself first.
Yes, Wynn in Doubt is a romance with a bit of mystery, but it is also a book about living the life you were meant to have. The lessons Wynn learned can apply to anyone and struck a chord with me–as a woman, as a daughter, and as a mother. It is a beautifully written story, with many layers and emotions, that will make you laugh, smile, and maybe cry. Emily Hemmer is a gifted writer, and I will definitely put her on my ‘must-read author’ list.