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Title: Waiting for Willa
Series: Big Sky #3
Author: Kristen Proby
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 5 Feb 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads

Max Hull left Cunningham Falls a long time ago. Thanks to his killer instincts and business smarts, he’s come back to town richer than anyone’s wildest imagination. Now he’s closer to his family, living in his dream home, and at the top of his career—it sure looks like he has it all. 

All but one thing. And she’s not interested. 

Willa Monroe and Max were childhood sweethearts. She daydreamed about their wedding day and named their children, but Max’s dreams were bigger than her. After high school, he left her behind without another word. Now, Willa is a single mother and a successful business owner, and the heartbreak of losing Max was a very long time ago. 

She’s moved on. 

But when he walks into her shop and back into her life, suddenly it feels like no time has passed at all. He’s as handsome as ever, and more charming than she remembered. Once he makes friends with her son and turns his attention on her, how long will she be able to resist him? 

And does she really want to? Sometimes you do get a second chance at first love. 

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Review

While I love Kristen Proby’s Big Sky series and the people who make up the heavenly Cunningham Falls; Waiting for Willa is a lot to wrap your head around. Or should I say it was for me because of the history between Willa and Max as well as Willa’s deceased husband, Cary.

For me, Max and Willa should have always been a couple, written in the stars, soul-deep bond, type of relationship stemming from their high school days. Be that as it may, Max had to prove himself and make something more of his life, so he set off to college ready to take the world by storm and leaving Willa in the process. In his naivety or maybe arrogance, Max truly believed Willa would be waiting for him when he returned to take her with him.

However, in the meantime, Max’s best friend, Cary, has been spending quality time with Willa and they have become very close. So close in fact that they settle down in Cunningham Falls together. Instead of feelings of betrayal, you would expect from Max, he blames himself for the loss of Willa and wishes the happy couple well while unable to truly move forward himself.

Willa has a number of abandonment issues which were exasperated by Max’s departure; Cary seemed like a safe and secure option for Willa who wanted nothing more than to carve a place for herself in the hometown she adores. While she may not have had the intensity of emotion where Cary was concerned she did love him and her world was torn apart when he died. So much so she lashed out at the closest person, Max, creating an abundance of negativity between the pair.

As we already know, time helps heal wounds and dull the pain of loss. Luckily Willa’s friendship with Jenna (Max’s sister) did not suffer because of their differences, and it is because of this friendship and the tight social circle within Cunningham Falls that Willa calls a truce between herself and Max.

With the reconciliation comes a flood of passion that was never quite extinguished merely suppressed in their time apart. Unfortunately, because of their tangled history the path to happily ever after is a difficult one, especially for Max as he has been carrying a weight of guilt and regret on his shoulders for a very long time.

I adored the inclusion of Cary within the narrative whether it was via reminiscing or visits to his memorial. It was this factor that helped navigate the tangled mix of emotions the situation creates.

I will say, Willa’s son, Alex completely stole my heart 😍