In Focus series, #4
By Megan Erickson
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una
Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail in the latest from the author of Out of Frame and Focus on Me…
Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he’s had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail—a trip he’d planned to do with his sister.
His solitary existence on the trail is interrupted when he meets Thad, a quiet man with a hard body and intense eyes. Their connection is stronger than anything Levi has ever experienced. But when Levi discovers the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape, their future together looks uncertain, and uncertainty is the last thing Levi needs…
Meg Erickson has done it again with her fourth novel in the Focus series and she had me from page one. Although a stand-alone book I felt I got more depth from the story having read the previous three. Well written, the internal conflicts of the two characters draw the reader in and the honest raw writing style reveals to the reader a story of loss, betrayal and trust.
In the setting of the Appalachian Trail you meet Levi, who is doing the trail to honor his sister who was killed in action overseas. Not adept at hiking or being in the wilderness he gets himself into lots of trouble and is frequently having to be rescued. On one of these occasions he meets a solitary hiker named Thad who is a man of few words and who definitely has an insomnia problem. Levi befriends him and slowly their relationship grows.
Thad a private and very solitary person is attracted to Levi’s stories and finds them soothing . He also knows that Levi will need watching while on the trail. Thad’s story comes out slowly and the reader wonders if it will affect the relationship of the two.
Their love for each other is slow to develop but is genuine and touching. Trust becomes the catalyst that will allow the relationship survival.
An absolutely superb book which is well written and I know I for one will be on the lookout for more Erickson novels. I would love to see the series continue however if it doesn’t I am confident that Megan Erickson will put out something else that will have me wanting more.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*