Casey Dembowski, the author of “The Corey Effect” has written an entertaining and heart-warming novel. The genres are Contemporary Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Romance. The story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters and events. The author describes her colorful characters as flawed, complex and complicated.
Andi Scott has not been to her hometown for ten years, and gets a call that her estranged father has passed away. Andi has traumatic memories of living one year with her father, and often has had panic attacks. Corey Johnson, her first love and boyfriend also lives there. Although Andi has convinced herself that she has moved on, the heart wants what the heart wants. When Andi returns to her hometown, and goes to the funeral she also sees old friends, and her sister and step-mother.
In the time that Andi has been away, it seems that her father has pulled his life together, and has a successful business. Corey is the business partner. The father seems to be respected, and many of the town’s people come to pay their respects. This was certainly not the way Andi remembered how their life was. Andi is asked to stay until the will is read. It looks like Andi will have to learn to deal with the past, so she can accept the present and future.
I appreciate that the author discusses important topics such as alcoholism and rehabilitation, and the effects on family and friends. The author also mentions the importance of family, friends, communication, honesty, forgiveness, second chances, love and hope. I would highly recommend this entertaining and poignant read.