Let me start off by saying that I usually don't like reading books about domestic abuse survivors because the authors so often get it so horribly wron...moreLet me start off by saying that I usually don't like reading books about domestic abuse survivors because the authors so often get it so horribly wrong. Rose got it very right. She gave the abused heroine enough time to experience the emotional growth necessary to make it believable that she could actually be in a healthy relationship now, so I was pleasantly surprised.
I enjoyed the romance between Caroline and Max for the most part, although some of the internal introspection ran on a bit long for me and their blow-ups at each other left me scratching my head a bit.
I wish I could give this book a rating like 3 3/4 stars because while it was really good in some ways, I found myself skimming over large chunks of the book to get around scenes that (for me) didn't add to the tension, but instead weakened the tension I was feeling. But because I know just how difficult it is to write a book and how unlikely that any author will ever get everything perfect, I'm going to rate this one a 4. (less)
I added this book to my to-be-read pile based on the cover alone and didn't realize what it was about until I picked it up to read it. The subject of...moreI added this book to my to-be-read pile based on the cover alone and didn't realize what it was about until I picked it up to read it. The subject of suicide is a touchy one for me, so I approached it hesitantly. It turns out, I didn't need to worry since that part of the story never actually reached me on an emotional level. I applaud the author for tackling such a sensitive and important issue, but I wanted it to take me deeper into the characters' emotions as they tried to put the world back together again after the family tragedy.
The story was too slow moving for my taste (the heroine vowed to find out why her father took his own life for at least half of the book without ever actually making any attempts to find out anything.) I looked forward to the strong sense of community promised on the book's jacket, but that, too, fell short of my expectations.
As disappointed as I was with the suicide story line, however, I thought Ms. Woods handled the romance between Emma and Matt very well. Their attraction built slowly, but anything more rapid would have felt unrealistic to me.
Not destined for my "keeper" shelf, but not a wall-banger, either :) (less)