The authorKristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and Night Road. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband. For more information on Kristin Hanna visit http://kristinhannah.comThe synopsisFor eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach—are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable.Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy-- until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; every time her kids leave the house, she worries about them.On a hot summer’s night her worst fears come true. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.The reviewSo, I did not give this book 5 stars. Though I really enjoyed it ad will continue with writing a positive review I will probably not read this book again. I will however be on the lookout for other books by the same author cause she can write a story.This book is emotional dealing with everything a person can run into in his or her life. We have the foster kid now orphaned girl entering the rich and happy family being confronted with everything she missed out on in her life. There is the teenagers getting in touch with drugs, alcohol and curfews. There is the dead, loss and guilt. There is acceptance, struggle and depression. All this in 432 pages makes you an emotional wreck after reading this book. And there is no way I could put this down. I wanted to know how things ended and if there was a chance of happily ever after. The story is very catchy, you can easily engage to the situations that are passing by. There is an overload on extreme situations though in this book. It seems they all got something eventually. It would have been good if that was a bit less but it is not disturbing. The end felt a bit rushed though, I would have liked more story and more talk there.The characters are easily to connect to. You get stories from both Lexi and Jude giving all the angles important to the story. I would have liked to know more about the thoughts of Miles and Zach too. Still you can feel the happiness and pain of all characters ad they all get their part. So yes my advice is to read this book just keep in mind that it is heartbreaking and you will need tissues.