What a shame that a great book like Leaving Paradise got such a lackluster sequel. If a follow-up story had to happen, which I don't feel it did, it should have at least focused on Leah's role in everything. It is one of the most contrived, pointless books I've read in a while, which is a shame considering how powerful its predecessor is. Forgiveness is a powerful central theme, and without Leah around to propel that same original story forward, this book falls flat on its face, and I almost wish it had been Caleb, so the story contained genuinely deep discussions on redemption. I have trouble believing it's even the same author writing these two books, this was just so bad compared to Leaving Paradise. I came for the deep, original, beautiful story, and ended up leaving with a pathetic romance novel. I'm not impressed. I'd like to pretend a sequel never happened.