Reasons by Tracy Fabre
Publisher: Stonegarden Publishing
Length: Full (222 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Delphi Brent, seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident as a teenager, is ready to spend the summer with old family friends when her parents make a distressing confession: the driver of the car that nearly killed her was one of the three sons of the Laughlin family she's about to visit. They urge her to stay home and let the past be, but she resolves to go out West anyway to learn the truth about what happened the night she was struck and one of the Laughlin sons died. However, in reconnecting with the Laughlins, who operate a sprawling ranch in Colorado, Delphi learns a lot not only about brothers and families, but also about the reasons people keep secrets, and what to do with the truth once it's uncovered. She also falls in love with one of the Laughlin brothers, which wasn't part of the plan at all.
Some secrets aren’t meant to be shared. Other secrets must be shared. But when they aren’t, there are Reasons.
The premise of this story is interesting: prior to the beginning, the girl gets hit by a car and is brutally hurt. Boys who hit her get away without a backward glance. When the reader gets the story, girl is trying to find out the truth in what really happened. I give Ms. Fabre credit for tackling a touchy subject. Hit and run accidents are never pretty or fun, but they are chock with emotion and strife. Ms. Fabre writes with that emotion and turmoil. You feel for her characters.
At the same time, some editing flaws and occasional point of view changes take away from the story.
This is a sweet story of redemption and growth. I like that Delphi didn’t back down from finding the truth, especially when Noreen (who is a fabulous antagonist – you love to hate her) gives her fits. Tam is a sexy, but reserved hero. I like his sensitivity. But what really kept me from loving this story is the ending. I found it a bit anticlimactic and felt there could’ve been more emotion and more explanation as to the course of the events. But as the title claims, for every issue there are reasons. And some of these reasons, though well intentioned, stink. But this gives credence to the characters and makes them more humane.
Minor issues aside, if you want a sweet story with a positive ending that will leave you feeling that there truly is some good in the world, then you need to read Reasons.