For William and Sarah, that game begins with growing up, in the unspoiled mountains of Colorado. In a time and space as clear as the Rocky Mountain skies above, these young souls together learn about life, what matters most, what endures, what doesn’t, and about love. Innocent young love moves ever so surely toward lives they both can picture, lives spent loving each other in a place they know so well and cherish.
Will and Sarah are ecstatically swept away in the swells of new love. And it is in their rarefied bliss that they make the fragile promise of first love, a promise that fate will soon rock and pound into doubt, guilt, and epiphany.
Unexpected and unprepared, these young lovers are suddenly torn apart, first by distance, and then by the far greater pressures of temptation that test the very fidelity of their heart-held promise. No longer able to console each other, hold each other, touch each other, they face the inevitable decision: move on to other loves, or cling to the faith that they will someday be together, again.
Will and Sarah stare down an unknown path, sensing destiny will not wait long before it comes to take them. Wracked with doubt, they wonder if their love was real. Caged by guilt, they both feel tempted by others intent on stealing their hearts.
Fate plays hardest when love is tested. And Will and Sarah are no exception, letting go of their happy past to embrace hope for an uncharted future. Love plays hardest when fate tests. And so it is, even through their trials of the heart, Will and Sarah never really stop loving each other. Theirs is a love so real and pure that each just wants the other to find happiness, even if it's with another.
But fate does not surrender so easily. Dealing blow upon blow, both Will and Sarah are each struck by jolting events that take them to the very edge of life, itself.
Sarah and Will hold tightly to their past, but steadfast promises begin to wane. Life continues, filled with romance, drama, and two souls yearning to understand the challenges brought with coming of age, and learning that fate is ultimately in control. What happens to love when life is on the line? Can they both relinquish control when love is on the line? Will fate even allow them to find out?
Ok, now to the story... Sarah a young girl and has basically been in love with her childhood best friend since before she can even remember. Sarah and William have this bond and they both know that they are destined to be together and make a vow that when they are older, and William has his future plans in order to take care of her, that they will get married. Then the unthinkable happens and Sarah is forced to move to California with her family leaving everything she had ever known and loved behind. Of course this is devastating to both of them, but they both recover quickly and find new partners. For William it is Sarah's enemy Margaret. Margaret's dad owns the lumber mill where William has been working to help his family with extra income for their farm. Margaret has always had a thing for William and now that her competition is gone she goes for it and tries to make him fall in love with her. She doesn't hold anything back either. She basically throws herself on William and lets him do all sorts of dirty things with her. Normally I wouldn't find this upsetting, after-all I love reading kinky books but it just seems like for the time period things like this wouldn't happen normally. Where were her parents when all of this was going on? There is no way that a teenage girl growing up in the 40's could just go off alone with a boy, especially one of a lower standing that her without someone raising an eyebrow. I was under the impression that things were a lot different then than they are now. Long story short she gets him to propose to her and they are now getting married. Sarah drove me insane! Her story is similar to William's. While in California she starts to have feelings for her neighbor Adley. They do some pretty heavy sexual things as well. Don't get me wrong the almost sex scenes in this book are hot, but again they don't seem to fit the time era. Then again I could be totally wrong and maybe the author did her research. Sarah left Colorado with William in her heart and he has stayed there the entire time that she has been in California and the entire time that she has been meeting up with Adley. Adley professes his love for Sarah numerous times but she always holds back because she's still in love with William and because of the promise she made to him that they would be married one day. I give her props for keeping a promise but HELLO, they live in different states now and might not ever see each other again so why hold on to a promise like that? It was frustrating to read about over and over and over again. Adley finally makes her choose and although she still loves Will, she claims to love Adley now. Adley and Sarah get engaged but the war prevents them from getting married as he is sent off to fight after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The rest of the book is about the way Sarah copes with Adley being away and she's still thinking about Will. Then something horrible happens and the book literally just stops! RAWR (that's me yelling). How can a book just stop like that?! I totally get there is a second book, but to just stop without some sort of closure just makes me angry! UGH
Overall, the book read well. There were some mistakes and some words were left out entirely, but it was an alright read.
I would give this book 2 out of 5 stars.