This is the third book in the light, fluffy and sweet The Field Party series following a group of friends in smalltown Lawton. The stories are all about high school, football, field parties, falling in love, but with a more serious undertone than you might expect. They don’t shy away from heavy topics such as teen pregnancy and rape, sickness and loss of loved ones, absent parents, infidelity and mistakes that costs you everything, but they all leave you with hope in the end. This is a series about the healing power of love. How love can help you survive the most tragic events and make you strong.
I really liked that the stories had an overall very somber vibe as both the hero and the heroine face loss within their families or other tragedies. Each book in the series has different narrators, so they can be read as standalones, even though they are continuations of the same group of friends. I really enjoyed the appearances of the main characters from the first book throughout the series, and I appreciated how Abbi Glines allowed her characters to make honest, realistic choices and how they all grew characters-wise throughout the series.
The books are full of clichés and have a bit too much of the strong male hero that needs to be saved by the sweet, gentle girl, but I have to admit that I loved it! I binge-read all books in the series in just two days.
In this third book, we get to meet Riley and Brady, and Rhett, two years after Riley accused Rhett of rape and fled from Lawton.
Now, Riley’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year but at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most.
When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid. But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?
Rhett on the other hand is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, not wanting his past to come haunting him in his hometown, making everyone question his actions.
This book was the darkest one in the series, and really emotional and gripping. I truly felt for Riley and how unfair life has treated her. It was so realistically described how hard it can be to forgive and forget, to admit responsibility and to dare to put yourself out there for love, to trust again and to make your own choices no matter what everyone else think.
When reading all books in the series after one another, it’s very obvious how they all follow the same formula with the popular rich bad boy and the poor, broken and innocent girl, the slut-shaming and the division of all girls as either saints or sluts. But still, really enjoyed this series and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, pleasant read, with a serious undertone, or for anyone wanting to get out of a reading slump.
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