Seeing Sam (Next August book 3),
by Kelly Moore
Publication: July 11, 2017
About the book:
Blind faith sent Sam’s world spiraling. He trusted the wrong person that almost cost August and Nashville their lives. His guilt sends him on a journey to figure out who he is and what type of man he wants to be.
A once innocent, sweet young man, now faces life alone by his own choice. He rebuilds himself to be a good, strong man. An old injury threatens the use of his legs, just as he meets a beautiful brunette that will change his world again. He falls in love for the very first time with sweet, innocent Emma Flinn.
Emma has had her own tragedies in life to deal with, but she hasn’t let anything stop her from being an independent, successful woman. She’s lived in the same town her entire life and has quit hoping for prince charming to come along. Until out of the blue, Sam comes crashing into her life. They fall in love fast and hard.
Everything seems perfect to Emma, but Sam has something that he’s been hiding from her. He’s faced with a decision to either help Emma or lose something that will cost him dearly. Sam chooses love and it rips their lives apart, leaving Emma to start over again.
Emma learns of Sam’s secret and is willing to forgive him, but will Sam let her?
Followers of my blog are aware by now that Kelly Moore’s name appears here frequently, having read all of her Broken Pieces series and the first two novels in the Next August series. So this probably won’t come as a surprise when I say that I have once again fallen in love with one of her novels and the main character!
Previously in the series, we learned that August’s Dad caused an accident when Sam was a baby leaving him paralyzed. However, thanks to new technology and August’s ongoing financial support, Sam was able to undergo surgery allowing him to walk. But Sam also is holding onto guilt about bringing a dishonest and dangerous person into August and Nash’s lives, so he left for Florida to be on his own for awhile.
While in Florida, Sam lives quietly with his goat Sadie, spending his time remodeling his home. However, fate brings him together with the same beautiful woman, Emma, a few times while in town and soon they become friends. Sam knows she has her own secrets and pain from her past, and slowly they share more about each other. Except Sam leaves out a huge part of his past. Sam and Emma fall in love quickly and easily but when life-changing decisions need to be made, Sam makes what he thinks is the right choice, but it is not.
So, I’ve always been a big fan of Sam, but I really loved Emma, her sister Tennyson, and her best friend Chase. Emma is an amazing character but I can’t really go into why without giving spoilers. Initially, I found myself struggling with Sam being perceived as this buff, hottie simply because I had never thought of him that way. If you’ve read the other novels in the series you should understand. His looks, hair, body, sex appeal – they haven’t been addressed before, however, it didn’t take me long to find him just as sexy and irresistible as he was meant to be.
Although I loved the plot of Sam’s story, I found myself so frustrated with his stubborn character, wanting to jump into the book and strangle him. I wanted to scream, “how can you mess up something so perfect,” but this is what makes a great story in my eyes. I quickly engaged and related to the characters feeling drawn into their joys and sorrows throughout the novel. The dialogue between characters was honest and real making the characters almost jump off the page and feel as if you know them. The plot moved quickly with plenty of surprises giving the reader suspense mixed with romance, but a good portion of this novel deals with love, trust, and believing in yourself, as well as, the person that you love.
I have nothing but the highest praise for Kelly Moore and her upcoming novel, Seeing Sam. Moore has a magical ability at weaving romance, suspense, moral challenges, and physical challenges among the characters resulting in an absolute must-read novel. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this amazing author, perhaps Anna’s story??
*Thanks to Kelly Moore for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!