The Field Party, Book 2
Synopsis: Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.
High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.
Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.
As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.
Review: I’ve heard a lot about Abbi Glines but it’s true that I had never read one of her books. The opportunity was thus presented with Under the Lights, the second volume of The Field Party series. I confess that I was a little afraid of being lost in the absence of the first volume but it did not finally happen. Looking at the synopsis, I could see that this first volume presented the story of West and Maggie and I finally found that the author introduced them fairly well here by reminding us a bit of what they went through, giving the impression of knowing everything.
We follow Willa’s return to the little town of Lawson that she had abandoned years earlier when her mother retrieved her from her grandmother. But some terrible incidents have occurred since then, and after leaving a rehabilitation center for young girls, her mother threw her out. Yet her best memories are in Lawson, with her Nonna (who agrees to welcome her again) and her two former best friends Brady and Gunner.
The fact that we mainly follow Willa in this novel allows without problems to start the series by this second volume. She rediscovers the city of her childhood, as well as her former comrades and it also allows us to familiarize ourselves with her in this new environment. Of course, she has changed, and the boys all seem very interested in getting to know her, including Brady and Gunner. It was quite amusing to see their little « competition » to win the Willa’s charms. Brady is convinced that she is for him and Gunner would love to be with her, even though he knows that he can not offer anything concrete. It must be said that the poor boy must endure many things himself at home too. In this way, we learn to discover the secrets of the characters along the chapters as the characters come together and try to heal together, even if nothing is obvious.
I found that the book used strong themes that were fairly well used. We are expecting rather terrible stories and it is true that the author has mastered everything well. I had a good time, I shivered with the characters while learning the truth and I was looking forward to see how the whole story was going to end. It was a very pretty book, poignant and full of ideas. I am really pleased with my first Abbi Glines and I am very curious to discover her other novels now!