Title: Good Luck Charm
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: 7 Aug 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads
Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.
Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.
Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.
The Good Luck Charm surprised me with the depth of the characters; not only does it involve one heck of a second-chance romance but it also delves into the aspects of identity and how it is shaped by our life events especially those of the negative variety.
Regret is a powerful demon to live with and it can affect the way in which you conduct all aspects of your life without even realizing it. Which is exactly the situation Ethan faces when he returns to his hometown after eight years away.
Following the break-up with his high school girlfriend, Delilah, Ethan’s sports career has taken a nose-dive. He has one more season to make an impression or he could find himself retired before he is 30. His original plan had been to play for his hometown but circumstances dictated otherwise, now he is where he should always have been but without the one person he has compared everyone else to, Lilah.
Ethan’s break-up with Lilah completely crushed her, so much so that she never fully recovered from it and has kept her heart safely locked away even during her marriage. I felt sorry for all the parties concerned where Lilah’s failed relationship was concerned however, the heart wants what it wants and in Lilah’s case no-one else can make her feel as much as Ethan.
Connected by a family emergency, Ethan and Lilah have to work through all of their emotional baggage in order to move on with or without the other. The Good Luck Charm shows how easy it is to lose yourself in someone else especially when you are nurturer by nature. Fear will ultimately undermine any happiness you are trying to achieve.
The most important lessons both Ethan and Lilah have to learn are recognising their independence is necessary to a healthy, thriving relationship. Letting go of their fears and embracing the present, will lead to a brighter future 💕