Across the Creek by Jeremy Asher
Life only gives you one first kiss.
And when Jesse Malone kissed Sarah Ramsey, he thought his life would change, but not in the way that it did. An unlikely childhood romance between a poor boy and a wealthy girl began the day Jesse decided to do the impossible and cross the creek. A love was born, one that would become their shelter, protecting them from the storms of their lives, until the day Jesse witnessed his mother’s murder, forcing him to leave his childhood home…and first love.
Ten years later, life has finally gotten better for Jesse. He has a loving family, a charming pet shop to run, and one semester left before graduating with a degree in architecture. Everything is great, until the day fate intervenes and his long-lost love walks into his shop and back into his life.
Sarah, engaged to a budding attorney, is struggling to keep everything together. Her father, diagnosed with terminal cancer, is running out of time. Sarah races to build their dream business while planning her wedding in time for her father to walk her down the aisle.
Their brief encounter starts a series of events that neither Jesse nor Sarah expects. After a decade of running, Jesse is now forced to face the demons from his past, while Sarah has to choose between her handsome attorney and her first love.
Just when they think love has given them a second chance, Jesse is faced with an impossible decision, one that will change their lives forever.
Across the Creek is an amazing novel that makes you relate to the characters from the very first chapter. They are characters that you want to get to know. They are people that I would want to be friends with.
These are well crafted characters that Jeremy Asher has created. They are good nature people moving through life doing the best that they can, given their situations. Jesse Malone is a well-meaning guy that finds his simple life complicated with the reintroduction of the only girl that he has loved, coming back into his life. He’s a protagonist that is relatable from the first few pages from his perspective.
This is the first time that I found and read a novel so close to its release, only two weeks ago. It, Released on 15 June 2012, has me anticipating the next book. There isn’t even a release date for the next novel.
Although the ending is atypical of most books I found in completely realistic. It definitely ends on a cliffhanger that is going to get more interesting in the next book, Beneath the Willow. In five to ten years someone will definitely read this and see the potential, for a movie franchise, just from this book alone.
I give Across the Creek 5 out 5.