At the age of thirty, with two failed marriages and a tanking writing career, Samantha Moore deals with the world with the only tool she had left: anger. And she's tired of it. When her grandmother's near-death sends her rushing back home to Vermont, she hopes for the chance to overcome the rage ruling her life. Once she's home, Lance Cummings becomes a constant source of indigestion. Lance is a single father who learned first-hand the devastating effects of a damaging relationship. He sees through Samantha's nasty temper-straight to her cry for help. He wants to help her, but he also wants to know why Samantha ran from him-and their future-twelve years before. Taking care of her Grams, dealing with an alcoholic brother, and getting Lance to remove his annoyingly attractive nose from her business is draining on Samantha. And she's only got three weeks to finish her stagnated novel or her publisher will drop her. No pressure. To top it off, pretending to hate the man she actually loves makes each day in Vermont harder than the last. Especially when Lance turns up the heat
Have you ever had a crush on someone thinking that there was no way they would reciprocate? What if that crush, out of the blue, decided to take you out on a date and give you the most wonderful night of your life only for that night to be crushed by the one person you thought had your back at all times. That is that what happened to Samantha Moore in All-American Girl by Justine Dell.
After the night of her dreams with the man that she had been crushing/loving for afar since she can remember, everything comes crashing down the day after. Not understanding why, she runs away to continue with the rest of her dreams of being a writer, without finding out the reason for her heart being shattered.
Twelve years later she comes back after two failed marriages and a career that is close to being finished to take care of her grandmother only to run into the first man to brake her heart Lance Cummins. She sees him everywhere and lashes out at him every time she encounters him. Samantha (Sam) doesn’t understand why he is so involved in her grandmother’s life, or why he keeps trying to talk to her and hash out the past when all she wants to do is forget she ever met him.
Throughout the story, we see how broken and hurt Samantha is and how she really wants to be better, trying to get out of the hole she created for herself with the help of her friend Jenny and her therapist. We also see the struggle to mend the broken bridges she created by not being home, and the guilt she feels for the way she has mistreated those that have always been there for her and helped her out when needed.
All-American Girl is a story about broken hearts, love, passion and plenty of angst. Samantha is stubborn to a fault and Lance is the hottie she left behind without a word that hunts her dreams and steals her writing muse. It’s a love story that most of us can relate to and not all that fictional, and it’s a good read.