Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Book Review: "Conscience Point" by Tade Reen

When two people who couldn’t be more different connect, is real love possible? This is a question at the core of Tade Reen's Conscience Point.

Rachel is at the top of her game career-wise, holding an executive position at a hedge fund. She’s great at what she does and she loves her job, and she’s certainly reaped the benefits of her success in terms of money and lifestyle. So what if her personal life has taken a back seat? Since breaking up with her last boyfriend, she hasn’t had much motivation to find someone new.

While taking clients on a trip to the Hamptons, she meets Walter “Scallop” Koslowski, a local farmer who lives a simple life with his young son, Kosumi. When he’s not working on his family’s farm, he’s also the local carpenter, volunteer fireman, and fisherman. He left the farm right after high school to travel the world, surfing, mountain climbing, exploring, and became a Navy SEAL after 9/11. The things he did and saw have scarred him, but the simplicity of his life and the love of his family eases the stress.

"He thought explaining yourself honestly and thoroughly was akin to opening a trap door to your soul. You could stand on the edge of the hole and look down at the underpinnings of your life and then close the door again and walk away, or something could trip you up, and you could end up down there with the snakes and moldy cardboard boxes of your past and no ladder."

Immediately, Rachel finds herself drawn to Scallop, but how could he fit in her world? And would he even want to? With the future of his family’s farm in danger, Scallop doesn’t know what his next steps might be. How could he uproot his son from the only life he’s ever known?

As their feelings for each other deepen, Rachel and Scallop must figure out whether love means sacrifice—and at what cost? Can two people who are so different be so right for each other, or is love doomed to fail?

Reen has created such a beautiful opposites-attract love story with Conscience Point. Scallop and Kosumi, in particular, are such unique, gorgeous characters, and I found myself so emotionally invested in this story. Plus, Reen’s gorgeous imagery made me feel like I was right there with Rachel and Scallop.

Thanks so much to Kate Rock Book Tours for introducing me to this fantastic book, and for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for an unbiased review!!

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