Simple Beginnings by Janelle Stalder
Published by March 10, 2015 via Smashwords
Ella Page planned to spend her summer before college like most girls her age – shopping, tanning, swimming, repeat. Instead she finds herself helping out on her grandma’s farm, where she is forced to work side by side with her ex-best friend, Gage Hunter. Despite her attempt to stay cool around the boy she no longer feels like she knows, the heat in the summer air just won’t stop rising. And with it, old feelings she’s not so sure were forgotten after all.
* 17+ Mature YA / New Adult. This book contains some strong language and sexual situations. For mature audiences.
I have read many different books and a couple of different genres by Ms. Stalder and I can tell you that each time I finish one, I am surprised! I honestly do not know why since I enjoy every single story that she has written. I really should know by now that Janelle’s mind is a beautiful thing and can create works that are utter masterpieces!
The last place that Ella wants to spend her summer is on her grandma’s farm helping out, but she loves Nan and so she also loves the farm. The one thing that has kept her away is Gage Hunter, her long lost best friend from when they were kids. Gage has changed and Ella wants no part of him. Enter Gage…. He has always had a thing for his childhood best friend but can he win her heart???
This story was fantastic and I had a very hard time putting it down once I started. I loved Ella. She was your typical sweet girl next door and Gage was what she thought was your typical bad boy. But he ended up being so much more!
I highly recommend this read if you enjoy NA books. Janelle has a way with bending words to get them to flow precisely right. Each chapter was just as good as the next and I cannot wait to read what she has in store for us in the future!