13 Jul 2019

Review: Oceans Away (The Atlas Series #2)




★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆



From Goodreads:
When the girl next door returns home as a millionaire to face the farmer who never lost hope, she's caught between the man of her past and the man meant for her future.

Adopted as an infant, Ireland Leighton grew up in the heart of the Midwest. After inheriting millions from her biological parents, she is determined to help others any way she can. The only string is a business engagement with another millionaire. Ireland returns to Iowa years later to plan her brother’s tropical wedding. The festivities would be easier if her sexy ex-boyfriend stayed out of reach and her future wasn’t already planned.

Time suppressed his feelings for the girl next door, but Gideon Taggart isn’t about to let Ireland escape again. Farmer by day, veterinarian by choice, his second chance with his first love is far from easy. He soon discovers that no matter how much he loves Ireland, she’ll always choose her family over a future with him.


Ireland Leighton had successfully avoided going back home for several years. Seeing her former love, Gideon Taggart, was just too painful. And now that almost her whole identity had changed, how could she face him? Having been raised on a farm, it came as a little bit of a shock to her to find out that her biological parents were heirs to a fortune. 

Oceans Away is unrelated to the first part of The Atlas Series: Hearts Abroad. The theme continues on, though. Despair and coincidences bringing couples together to form bonds of love that will be everlasting (at least after the book’s timeline has ended). Ireland and Gideon are complete opposites on the outside, but inside their hearts beat for the same causes. No wonder they belong together after you get over the opposites attract-part.

In terms of character development, there isn’t much to go over. Ireland battles with having to fit in the public eye and working her way around the paparazzi to get to do the things that really matter to her. The characters go through the process of realisation that they are good as they are right then, they don’t need to change themselves to suit the other’s tastes.

Oceans Away, like Hearts Abroad, is one of those perfect beach reads, with just the right amount of drama and heartbreak to keep you turning the pages until the very end.

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