Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Bridget Grant returns home to Paradise, North Dakota, to get her life back on track. After both her business and her marriage fail, she takes her daughter and moves in with her mom. First and Again is about returning home to save money and mend broken relationships. For Bridget, that means lessening the strain in her relationship with her mom and sister, but also with her first love, Jack. These days, Jack is a rancher for tourists seeking an authentic ‘Western’ experience, as well as being a single parent. When Jack finds himself down a chef, an agreement struck with Bridget intertwines their lives more than either could have anticipated. Jana Richards has done a great job with this heartfelt story of family and first love.
First and Again by Jana Richards is a story that pulls you in because there are so many relationships to explore. Of course, the prominent relationship between Bridget and Jack is foremost in this story, but the relationship that develops between their daughters is equally special. Jana Richards excels at creating relationships that are strong and memorable. The sparks between Jack and Bridget are palpable, as is the constant reminder that her stay in Paradise is temporary. It is this conflict that drives the story and makes Bridget more relatable. I wanted her to choose Jack, but I also wanted her to pursue her dreams for her sake, and also for the sake of her daughter. But what can you do when your current arrangement looks more like family than anything you’ve ever known? That’s the dilemma that makes First and Again such an amazing story, with strong characters you want to succeed.