(5 / 5)
What happens when happily ever after isn’t happy? When everything you thought you knew changes?
Until him. Until her.
The past may have won the battles, but can Love win the War?
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This book was not what I was expecting, but in a good way. The blurb is vague, but when you get to the end of the book you can see that it is actually rather fitting.
So first, a tiny introduction.
Aubrey is married to Doug, and they have a daughter Reece. After 12 years of being married and life happening Doug has an affair with his assistant and Aubrey and Doug divorce; they maintain shared custody of the daughter. Trying to get her life together now that she is alone, Aubrey decides to renovate a house that was left to her by a realitive and turn it into a Bed and Breakfast so that she can support her and her daughter.
Now, enter Drew, Aubrey’s new contractor that is putting in the new floors, bath tubs, ceiling fans, you get it. Drew is getting a divorce from his wife, Sarah, because, boy, she’s really something. They have a daughter named Andie that is close to the same age as Aubrey’s. Drew and Aubrey catch each other here and there a few times, in the house, once with their kids at the same park, where the young girls fall fast into the clutches of girlhood friendship.
You can tell that him and Aubrey have a thing for each other, and now since their kids are friends that are forced to spend even more time exploring their chemistry.
So I’m going to stop with the narrative there, because I don’t want to give any more of the plot away, the story is better if you go in blind. But we can discuss a few things about the story still.
Two divorces, with kids, which is messy to begin with. There were scenes in this book that had my heart up in my throat and it felt like it was something that I wasn’t supposed to be watching. You know that feeling you get when your out with a couple and they start fighting like you aren’t even there. That’s what parts of this book were like, because this book was real life. Even with the twists as the book went along, I thought Oh My Gosh I could be reading a true story here. These are the kind of secrets that people keep behind closed doors.
Not only two divorces, but one new romance. So the flighty weightlessness of a new relationship sometimes weighted down with the sting of the old one still felt at times. Internal parental struggle of always questioning if you are doing the right thing for your kids, and for you, and are they the same thing in the end?
Aubrey was a vulnerable character, wanting to do the right thing for her daughter every time. When is starting to date again after a divorce OK? She had been married for 12 years to her husband, you could tell that even though she wanted to start a new life with this new different guy, there were times when her ex-husband was around and she would question if splitting up was the right thing to do.
This is real life. This is really the emotions that you go through when you get a divorce. There are other added lies and deceits that are happening here too, and they just add to the complexity of this well woven story.
I thought that Drew was a little possessive and controlling right up front, which would have sent up a red-flag right away for me. The way he lectures her about leaving the door open for the pizza guy and then he even moves a bed into the unfinished B&B upstairs so they can have a place to tryst! Without even asking! I thought maybe at those times Aubrey was just accepting his eager behavior because she liked him so much, she didn’t want to rock the boat. I can commiserate, I have sadly been there too.
Best part of the whole book, it gets better and better as it goes along, a mystery looms and soon the twists start coming. And you won’t even see the end until it smacks you right in the face.
Wonderful work, bravo. Can’t wait for the next one!
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