Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen

Profound and raw, Steadfast is an intimate look into addiction and the mental thought thread of staying sober. My curiosity and interest into his truth started in book One of the True North series. It left me wanting to know more about him and his past.

The season is over on the farm and Jude must find new accommodations. His only option is to go home, only his home isn’t what it is for most people. It’s filled with ghosts, easy access to drugs, and a hatred of the people around him.

So this is where I pause… Yes, there is a love story. But I don’t want to focus on that aspect of the book. I want to tell you, the reader, that at the heart of Steadfast is a man. A man who has made mistakes, took people for granted, rode through life high on his own arrogance and addiction. A man who now seeks salvation and the opportunity to not only rehabilitate himself, but also form a new understanding of who he is and who he wants to be.

A good man fell into addiction and he is emerging again with a purpose and a sense of self. Love can conquer all, but sometimes love of self needs to be conquered first so you can fully give it to others in turn.


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She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

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