Susan Mallery novels are always a delight and captivating. She has a certain flair for probing the why’s of a relationship: why they once failed; why they would not work or work again; why are these two people butting heads when love is right there waiting for them.
In Not Quite Over You, the reader sees the complexity of the past and present for Silver Tesdal and Drew Lovato. Their teen love was abandoned when he went to college and the seemingly dead flame was not quite thoroughly extinguished. Twelve years later and a dilemma for Silver cause them both to look at the future and all its unknowns in their relationship and see if there is something called love waiting for them.
This is a novel to read slowly and savor to the hilt. It is sweet but also intense, mesmerizing and absorbing as you wade the waters of the lives of Gray Everett and Abby Douglas and the relationship that develops between them. His back story, her back story and how they combine, antagonize and blend creates an enthralling story to slowly enjoy as it unfolds. Both Gray and Abby have compelling stories of their own verbally abusive parents and of how they both valiantly fought to rise above while harboring demons from the deep cuts that parents can inflict.
It is a novel well worth your time to read and enjoy.
The Military Wife has entered the small domain of my To Be Reread Many Times books. It is a small list of books that have touched me down deep and that call to me to read them. There is so much to love about The Military Wife: characters that resonate emotions and deep seated fears, a plot that is real and relatable (regardless of the military aspect), struggles that anyone can either relate to or empathize with, and excellent writing that draws the reader in completely and holds them throughout the entire book.
To summarize, Harper Lee Wilcox was left widowed and pregnant when her SEAL husband was killed on deployment. She has managed to raise a wonderful five year old boy, maintain a lackluster job and come out of her grief. She does not recognize that her life is lacking until she connects with her military wife friend, Allison, and they hatch a plan to help other military wives. A chance mention by Allison, moves Harper to contact Bennett Caldwell, the SEAL teammate that was with Harper’s husband when he died. They begin to develop feelings for each other but the shadowy presence of her husband flits back and forth between them.
Reading about the determination of both Harper and Bennett and their respective hesitations is stirring and unforgettable.
Intense! Simply intense! What a fabulous, twisting, nerve wracking novel Forget You Know Me turned out to be. Secrets abound and fears mount for Molly, Daniel and Liza as they traverse rocky and treacherous ground. Each of them is dealing (poorly) with events that have happened to them separately. It all begins when Liza sees a stranger in Molly’s house while they are video chatting and goes downhill fast from there. The real question is whether any of them will face their dilemmas and seek solutions before it all gets too far out of hand.