RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW: Waiting for Willa by Kristen Proby

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Waiting for Willa, the newest installment in the beloved Big Sky Series by

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby is live!


Max Hull left Cunningham Falls a long time ago. Thanks to his killer instincts and business smarts, he’s come back to town richer than anyone’s wildest imagination. Now he’s closer to his family, living in his dream home, and at the top of his career—it sure looks like he has it all.

All but one thing. And she’s not interested.

Willa Monroe and Max were childhood sweethearts. She daydreamed about their wedding day and named their children, but Max’s dreams were bigger than her. After high school, he left her behind without another word. Now, Willa is a single mother and a successful business owner, and the heartbreak of losing Max was a very long time ago.

She’s moved on.

But when he walks into her shop and back into her life, suddenly it feels like no time has passed at all. He’s as handsome as ever, and more charming than she remembered. Once he makes friends with her son and turns his attention on her, how long will she be able to resist him?

And does she really want to? Sometimes you do get a second chance at first love.

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My Review

As soon as Kristen Proby introduced her readers to Max Hull and Willa Monroe, I wanted to know everything about their lives, and I needed to understand what happened to turn these childhood sweethearts into enemies. It’s clear that these two characters share a long history, but without their perspectives, the only thing I could ascertain is that whatever occurred to send them in opposite directions was something that redefined their lives, fracturing any connection they once shared, and ultimately destroying any chance these two had at rebuilding a love that was lost when Max left Cunningham Falls to pursue his dreams.

In Waiting for Willa, Proby finally tells Max and Willa’s story – their past, their present, and hopefully, their future. As soon as readers are made aware of what went down between them at two extremely pivotal times in their lives, everything becomes clear…all the pieces come together to illustrate why Willa is a single mom of an 8 year old and why Max has kept his distance from not only Willa but his hometown as well – the place where his family lives and their roots are planted.

I can’t imagine the depth of Willa’s pain and grief due to a series of events that she had no control over. But somehow, she persevered, and she’s finally at a place to forgive and move forward, despite how difficult it has been for her. Proby does a fantastic job of illustrating who Willa is at her core and how deeply she loves and how willingly she sacrifices for those who mean everything to her. I understand her hesitancy when Max comes back to Cunningham Falls; stirring up the past causes overwhelming emotions, but it’s more than clear as Willa and Max spend more and more time together, just how close these two once were and how strong their feelings were for each other. They have a ease with each other…a bond that was built on a foundation of love and commitment and while there a fair amount of cracks in that foundation, the chasms could be repaired, at the right time and with the right amount of patience and hope.

It’s amazing all that Max has accomplished at his age; he’s extremely intelligent and hard working, which are two qualities that will not only allow him to continue to grow professionally but will also give him a second chance to make things right with the love of his life, the one girl who got away – Willa.

I loved so many things about this story – the camaraderie among previous main characters and Willa and Max; the insight into past heroes and heroines’ happily-right-nows; Willa and Max’s backstory; Max’s relationship with Willa’s son, Alex. All plot lines that occur in Waiting for Willa merge together so flawlessly and create such a vivid and complex tale that is romantic, emotional, and heartfelt. Because Proby constructs multifaceted characters and provides a comprehensive and concrete look into their lives, nothing feels up in the air at the end because all of the loose ends have been explored and brought full circle.

Kristen Proby’s Big Sky’s series has all of the qualities that I’ve come to love about contemporary romance, and because Cunningham Falls is a small community, it’s so easy to feel like a part of their family, hoping each and every one of them find the love and hope they need.

4.5 Poison Apples

About Kristen

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

Connect with Kristen

Pinterest: @handbagjunkie

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