Pepper is the main character and she is a Penn State graduating senior with her eyes set on medical school. She believes that the Penn State football scandal has hindered her chances of a medical degree at the program of her choice and she is bitter. Additionally, because her mother abandoned she and her father when Pepper was a baby, Pepper feels quite strongly that God is not a factor for her. She has been given lousy situations and she is annoyed. Anna and her older brother Zeke happen upon Pepper after a drunken mistake. Thankfully they see her safely home and their world opens up new opportunities for Pepper to consider.
I felt the story flowed smoothly. Pepper and Zeke have both been given true, human characteristics. Pepper angers easily and Zeke shows his temper and impatience sometimes, too. Sure, it’s a love story, but author Bingham has given us flawed humans as the main characters. It lends a sense of reality to the story.