Waiting at Hayden’s

“He did remember one moment very vividly. It was a moment when their eyes locked, and he saw all their history in a flash, just like someone might when he was on the verge of falling out of life and into death — throwing the baseball around, school bus rides, backyard campouts, swimming in the river behind their houses, kissing her outside her dorm room window for the first tine — all of it.”

Thank you so much to Riley Costello for sending me a copy of her book! It means the world to me that she liked my blog and Instagram enough to send me her book. 

“Childhood best friends Charli Anderson and Jack Logan fall madly in love during college and can’t imagine a life apart. But when they land dream opportunities on opposite ends of the country following graduation, they are forced to make a heart-wrenching pact. In the hope of one day restarting their love story, they set a date to reunite in five years at their favorite restaurant.

Restaurant owner Gianna Hayden is thirty-seven, single, and one bad date away from giving up on finding the right guy when she meets Peter Clark on a dating website. Attractive, kind, and driven, he is exactly what she thought she was looking for. But as the day of Charli and Jack’s reservation approaches, Gianna finds herself reflecting on the kind of passionate love her former customers once had and begins to question her bond with Peter.

These two riveting stories converge on the night of the fateful reunion. Gianna, Charli, and Jack are all forced to make difficult choices as they struggle to follow their hearts, and ultimately each must decide where their true feelings lie before time runs out.” -Goodreads

You all, this book hooked me within the first chapter. It was such a sweet story (literally and figuratively). I truly cherish the way that Riley wrote this book; I couldn’t help but become attached to Charli, Jack and Gianna’s story. Every time I tried to put Waiting at Hayden’s down, I found myself thinking, oh, just one more chapter. Just one more and I’ll go get things done. And then, bam, there I was 5 chapters later and I still didn’t want to put the book down.

Waiting at Hayden’s was just so pure and simple; but, it was also a lesson on the importance of putting yourself first and following your heart no matter how hard it might be to do that. Something that I wish a younger me would have realized.

I really hope that others out there will pick up this story to read. You won’t be disappointed. It would make for a PERFECT book club pick; you could even make some of the delicious desserts that are mentioned throughout the story. 

Thank you, again, to Riley Costello. You are a wonderful person on the inside and out and it shows through your writing. I look forward to your next book! 

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