I just couldn't finish this book. I was almost done...for like, months. I really liked the story actually, although there were parts I thought were se...moreI just couldn't finish this book. I was almost done...for like, months. I really liked the story actually, although there were parts I thought were seriously questionable. I won't comment much because I didn't finish it after all, but the only reason I didn't finish a book I was thoroughly enjoying was because for me, it seemed like the ending came and then it kept going...and going...I guess I felt like after Claire made the decision to stay with Jamie, that the story was over and it just kept going and I honestly lost interest. Still, I'd say it was a good read that's why I gave it three stars here. (less)
All right, so I gave this book 5 stars despite some glaring issues with the novel.
Glaring Problem One: The ending was wrapped up way too neat and qui...moreAll right, so I gave this book 5 stars despite some glaring issues with the novel.
Glaring Problem One: The ending was wrapped up way too neat and quick. But it was still nicely done, so I'll let it go especially since that "problem" wasn't the real problem that needed to be solved in the story anyway, but a mechanism to get the couple together.
Glaring Problem Two: John. I know a lot of readers will have issues with this character. He marries Claire to save his own reputation--sure it helps Claire out of a tight situation, but mostly a selfish reason to get married, especially since he knew full well that she truly loved him. If that isn't enough to make most of us frown down our noses at him, he promises not to have sex with Claire at her request, and then breaks that promise to satisfy his own sudden and burning desire for her. He's really cruel to her as well, and might come across as controlling to some readers. All of this said about John, he does have some redeeming merits. He realizes that Claire means a lot more to him than he thought and that she's worth ten of Diane. He broke his promise to her and he does have sex with her after agreeing their marriage wouldn't include a sexual relationship, but notice that SHE NEVER SAID NO!! Man made a move, he got lucky. And honestly, my thoughts on him is that he cared a lot more about her right from the very beginning of the novel but was so wrapped up in idolizing his old love Diane that he couldn't really see that he loved Claire. As for the cruel words he says to Claire, it's not like she didn't dish it right back at him. And when he is cruel to her, a lot of the time it's a defensive reaction to his own hurt feelings. He might have seemed controlling at times, but he was honestly try to protect Claire by asking her to conform to more socially acceptable standards for women at the time. He wasn't doing it to try and exert power over her.
Glaring Problem Three: Claire. Really? You marry a guy you know is in love with someone else?! I mean, surely there must have been some other way out of her tight fancincial situation. What did she expect from this marriage anyway? For someone who is supposedly be so insightful and a good judge of character, she always seems to be stumbling into the most ridiculous misunderstandings with her husband. That inconsistency in her character made me roll my eyes. She loves him to distraction and she instead of talking to him when he wants to discuss their marriage, she decides it's a good idea to run away and go live with his parents? Because of course if he wants to talk about their marriage it must mean he wants a divorce. This is 1900 lady. He doesn't like scandal. Think a minute!! She's utterly incapable of saying no to him any time he wants to go to bed with her. She set the conditions, if she didn't want him to sleep with her she should have just said no! All of this said, I loved Claire! She was sassy and independent and she didn't let John boss around her around. She was always saying exactly what was on her mind and sometimes I honestly think he was cruel to her only because she was nasty and mean first. On an aside: The guy is looking at you with worship in his eyes and you start talking about how he wants Diane? That isn't hurtful at all, after all a hot sex filled night. So of course he was hurtful back. Anyway, I disgress. I love the way Claire stands up to Diane as well and leaves John when she truly feels that their marriage is insupportable for her to continue with. She had guts to do that, espeically in the day, and she was smart too, keeping her dress making enterprise to herself and saving up her money so she could leave the marriage and support herself. I think Claire was definately a strong female character and I admired her vivacity a lot. I wanted to punch her at times for being so clueless about men, but then, she was very young and inexperienced, so I suppose I have to forgive that too. As for the graceless way she fell into John's arms every time he wanted to have sex with her, all I can say is there are plenty of people out there who have gone to bed with someone they knew they shouldn't have, but just damn well couldn't help themselves, couldn't make the "no" come out of their mouths. She loved John and wanted him both physically and emotionally. It's hard to say no when you want someone like that and suddenly they're very willing to take you to bed.
So I forgive all these glaring issues! Prehaps I'm too understanding? But how could I not be? The interaction between the characters was highly engaging: spirited, amusing, filled with chemistry and wit. The premise of the disinterested husband falling in love with his own wife was an interesting one as well. I read this book in one sitting and only got 5 hours of sleep before I had to get up to go to work again, but any book that is worth losing sleep over because you can't put it down is worth a 5 star rating in my opinion. (less)
This book was a pretty good read. Light and happy. The plot I thought, was a bit weak. They both get kidnapped? How incompetent are the Feds anyway? B...moreThis book was a pretty good read. Light and happy. The plot I thought, was a bit weak. They both get kidnapped? How incompetent are the Feds anyway? But whatever, as long as Gracie and Jason ended up happily ever after it's all good I guess.
I know some people were grossed out by the fact that they were stepbrother and stepsister, but who cares? They have no blood relation, so I'm fine with them as a couple. I've read worse, trust me. And anyway, we've all heard stories of couples who basically grew up together so I'm not sure what the difference is. My greater objection was to Gracie's naiveté. I mean, she was so good and kind but also clueless at times. Exactly what did the head injury do to her anyway? I just don't that she was entirely believable but I suppose after the traumas she's endured a person might be seriously confused about some things in life. My other objection to some of the plot points was about all the references to gold diggers and Jason even briefly entertaining the notion about Gracie living off of him. It just struck me as silly. Have these people heard as pre nuptial agreements? You don't even have to be married to draw up these things to protect your money, so again, the overall problems in this novel seemed really weak. But it was entertaining and that's all I'm looking for in novels like these. (less)
Pretty much what I expected from this novel. Very formulaic-- hurt girl meets man too good to be true after being jilted the day before her wedding. M...morePretty much what I expected from this novel. Very formulaic-- hurt girl meets man too good to be true after being jilted the day before her wedding. Man too good to be true falls for her instantly and moves heaven and earth to keep her from brooding-- and at his side. She falls hard, her ex decides he wants her back and man too good to be true steps back to let her decide thus making her confess all her feelings for him-- but not, of course before us simple readers fear they might not get together after all. Naturally they do and it's all happily ever after. Finis!
What I liked about this was although our hero really was too good to be true, that it was a sweet story. Straight forward and simple but it reminds us that relationships aren't easy and that love isn't as cut and dry as often think. (less)
Ok so I picked this up on a whim, I haven't read any of the other books in this series or by this author and had no idea what to expect. The story was...moreOk so I picked this up on a whim, I haven't read any of the other books in this series or by this author and had no idea what to expect. The story wasn't bad but a lot of scenes (fights with Natives) were vague and happened really quick. Didn't do much for me in the excitement department. I like Holt well enough (though I suspect I'm missing a lot if back story) but Lorelei only struck me as okay. Somehow I expected more blaze from this character (after all she burns her wedding dress in the towns square) but I felt like her fiery spirit should have had more substance behind it. But overall the novel entertained and was a fairly quick read, so I'm not too disappointed. (less)
I can't finish this book. The romance is too slow moving. The plot is centralized around the mining mystery/scandal and that's slow moving. Susanna is...moreI can't finish this book. The romance is too slow moving. The plot is centralized around the mining mystery/scandal and that's slow moving. Susanna is an idiot for even considering allowing the Kirklands to order her into marriage with Jesse just because they "adopted" her, and I'm not all that drawn to anything in this book. Almost two hundred pages into it and so far nothing of any consequence has happened! Boring! (less)
As a rule, I have never liked novellas. I didn't even realize Western Skies was a novel of two novellas when I picked it up, so when I figured it out...moreAs a rule, I have never liked novellas. I didn't even realize Western Skies was a novel of two novellas when I picked it up, so when I figured it out I didn't have high hopes for this read. Isn't it nice to be pleasantly surprised? Both Song of the West and Boundary Lines were really good stories. But although I rather liked Song of the West, I felt that it was under developed, which is my main objection to novellas. The stories and characters are just getting started and are then wrapped up far too quickly, leaving you wanting more. With Boundary Lines however, we get a far more meaty plot and fully fleshed out characters. Really, this novella is long enough to be considered a novel seeing as its slightly more than 200 pages. A short novel, but a novel so possibly that's why it gets my stamp of approval. I have to say both Aaron and Jillian are compelling characters although Jillian is a bit of an idiot when it comes to love. But if she wasn't so stupid about it we wouldn't fall so ardently in love with Aaron so I guess her absurd perspective serves its purpose. Because damn, I liked that stubborn cowboy. I'd put this read on my favorites shelf if it came on its own. So 3 stars for Song of the West, 5 for Boundary Lines gives the compilation of Western Skies a nice rating of 4 stars. (less)
So, you know when you finish a book and you think WOW? Well, wow doesn't cover it for Blue Eyed Devil. All I have is holy Hannah. Like, holy freaking...moreSo, you know when you finish a book and you think WOW? Well, wow doesn't cover it for Blue Eyed Devil. All I have is holy Hannah. Like, holy freaking Hannah. Add a few more wows and that starts to cover how awesome this book is. Spoilers ahead. BIG spoilers, read at your own risk.
I was immediately disappointed when I started the book because it was first person narration and I'm not used to that. But fu*k it all, that made no difference. Maybe it made it better, I can't say because Lisa Kleypas is just such a wickedly good author. I did not expect this book to be about domestic violence and would not have picked it up if I had known. Haven's character endured so much it's heart breaking. The abuse was subtle and cruel at first, and finally reached a level of violence that resulted in her rape and beating. It made my heart pound with terror and my heart break for Haven. And the emotional aftermath kept me on an emotional roller coaster that rivaled the Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland. Because you don't walk away from that into the loving arms of your family and not have shit to sort through. Haven can't stand to be touched, and while her brother Gage knows she's been abused, she doesn't let on about the rape.
And then Hardy comes back on the scene. We met this blue eyed devil (seriously no pun intended there) in chapter one when Haven accidentally mistook him for Nick and kissed him in the wine cellar. Talk about a hot scene. I knew right away he wasn't Nick, but Haven didn't until she touched his silky soft hair. And damn, when he asked her to go away with him, I kept saying go, go for God's sake go. Of course she doesn't but he's the only one she let's touch her after she leaves Nick. When she finally opens up to him about everything, I wanted to cry. I wanted to cry because she was daring to trust him, I wanted to cry because he was white with anger under his tan. As he and Haven become closer, we discover Hardy has own his ghosts. He tries to push Haven away because he's afraid he's inherited bad blood from his dad, and I know he's just vulnerable and far too much in love to ever risk hurting Haven. It made me so mad at him. It made me want to hold him. And when Haven doesn't back off from him, when she stays despite her history and despite his bad choice regarding how he ended this relationship, I wanted to cheer for her. She's become strong you see, because of Hardy, she's drawn the boundary lines and she stands up to everyone. Her brothers, her dad, Hardy, her ex, Vanessa. I'm so proud of this character. Somehow I really identified with Haven.
I also wanted to pounce on Hardy and kiss him when he finds Nick trying to rape Haven again. I'm so glad Hardy walked in then, determined to talk with her about how he'd temporarily lost his mind because of his dad and wanted her in his life any way he could. If he hadn't, Nick would have hurt Haven again, but instead be got his ass good and kicked. Of course, Hardy almost killed himself in the process, but it ended well. Maybe there's something to be said for first person narration; because whenever she was with Hardy, I felt like I was Haven.
It's an intense read, gripping and the pacing is so natural and fluid I was up to all hours reading this fantastic book, but it isn't an easy read. It is emotional and I can't remember the last time my heart pounded with such anger and outrage while I was reading a book. The last time I felt like that, I was in a confrontation myself. It's that same feeling, anger and shock hitting you in a wave. It's seriously that intense at times. Least it was for me. I'm at war with myself about putting it on my favourites shelf; I don't know if this is a book I can crawl up with anywhere, any time. It's too powerful almost.
Holy hell, this read made me cry. Is erotica supposed to do that? Is this erotica? Cuz it sure as hell read like pure romance to me. With raunchy sex,...moreHoly hell, this read made me cry. Is erotica supposed to do that? Is this erotica? Cuz it sure as hell read like pure romance to me. With raunchy sex, but still. Spoilers ahead.
All right, so never in my life did I think I'd up pick books with this much explicit sexual content. And I have to say, sometimes I roll my eyes at the variety of sexual encounters that these people engage in. As my girlfriend recently asked me after reading some of her own erotica, wouldn't her muck hurt? I told her she had to suspend belief and move on. But that doesn't mean at times I'm not popping my eyes at what's going on in these purple passages. So, considering how detailed the sex can get, I'm amazed that there is not one but two romantic story lines in this read.
Gemma and Cash are great. I think they were supposed to be the main couple. But for me, Carter and Macie stole the show. Because I totally. Love. Carter. Like, I'm always falling for the broken heroes who are brought back to a state of joy by love. Who love intensely, even dangerously. But damn, these men who have the souls of poets are freaking irresistible. And Carter takes the cake in this department. Misunderstood artist? Yes. Brooding artist? Yes. Passionate artist? Yes. Half crazed artist wearing his heart on his sleeve and an absolute dumbass? Yes, yes that's Carter. I totally connected with his intense passion, and I understood how as the younger, dreamy boy in the family he took on the role of the quiet one. And how he thought no one understood him. Sometimes passionate people lose themselves in the agony of their emotions. It's very romantic, but damn uncomfortable and Carter spent a lot of time in this book being uncomfortable. He was only comfortable with Macie because she saw the real him. The intense passion that was inside him. That sex scene where he paints her body-literally, smearing paint on her and painting it all over her-was not, for me, hot. It wasn't one of the eye popping scenes. Nope, it was a scene where we see Carter, his intense passion totally exposed. I have to say James impressed me in her character development in this novel. Because as much as I got Carter, he wasn't the only character that I thought had depth. Macie was an intelligent, easy going character but she had intensity as well. A spirit strong enough to say to Carter, "hell no you are not showing nude paintings of me at the art show" and to leave him when he refused to cooperate. Yeah, artists are dumb like this. And when I use the word "artist" I mean people who create, whether it's a writer, painter, film director. People who create do have fits of madness like Carter does, so he's totally in character when his moods are swinging back and forth. And that's why Carter got his love for Macie way too mixed up with expressing his soul and his work and yeah, it wasn't his best moment, wanting to display the nude paintings of her; thank God he had Cord burn the paintings. No one can blame Macie for running scared and hurt from him. But that she really had both the spirit and the beautiful ability to look at Carter, see him, get him and accept him for who he was, is what I love about her, and that she stood up to him on this and let him know he'd crossed the line. I was delighted of course, when she let Carter win her back and made him flat out tell her why he loved her, and that she was every bit as passionate about him as he was about her. I loved that she was in love with him enough, and honest enough to call the crazy dumbass a dumbass to his face. It really was the only way to describe him when he was being such a sap slash jerk slash brooding moron slash stubborn idiot. So yeah, intense characters.
Plot wise, this story had way more meat than I thought. Pacing was good. Lots of flippant humor which I enjoy (another reason I love Macie) and two HEAs so I'm not complaining. Oh, and the ending? Perfect, perfect just perfect with Carter blabbing how much be loves Macie and going on and on about how sorry he is and thanking God he hadn't lost her? Love it. I seriously feel like I should take this off my erotica shelf and stick it in my romance shelf. But it's on my favourites shelf.
So, I think I read this when I was twelve. I read and re read it and it was my intro to romance. Would I like it now? Weell, the plot has stuck with m...moreSo, I think I read this when I was twelve. I read and re read it and it was my intro to romance. Would I like it now? Weell, the plot has stuck with me. And so has the alpha male hero and the young, sheltered heroine. I think it's safe to say, the adult me would still like this book, if no other reason than it spoke to me once upon a time.
Planning to do a re-read soon. Just found my copy buried at my mom's! (less)
What can one say about a Lisa Kleypas novel? They are always amazing. In Christmas Night at Friday Harbour, Kleypas proves she's not just a talented w...moreWhat can one say about a Lisa Kleypas novel? They are always amazing. In Christmas Night at Friday Harbour, Kleypas proves she's not just a talented writer, but a gifted one. This novel is beautifully written and you are immediately drawn into the story. Writers should line up for lessons at Kleypas door.
The story was so beautiful, the setting so enchanting and the characters so touching that I was actually smiling as I read this novel. What could be more romantic than connecting because of a sweet little girl on a gorgeous island I ask you? What could be more moving than a patient man willing to wait till you yourself know you're ready to move on and stop being afraid? Anyone with a sense of the romantic would say all of this is beautifully romantic.
So that's the good: beautiful writing, masterful storytelling and a touching sense of the romantic along with some very nice, warm characters including a charming little girl who believes in magic.
The bad? I wish I could say there is nothing bad, but sadly, that would be something of a lie. The bad in this is that's it's too short! Maggie, our toy shop owner who encourages imagination in children, was not ready for a relationship throughout the entire novel. She resisted it our of fear and hurt. Mark, our sweet, patient, tender hearted hero was coaxing her along in this romance. She was finally ready, and I was expecting a few things to happen to round off our romance, and finis! End of novel! Mark mentions a ring, and Maggie confesses she can't say no to him because she loves him and that's it. End of my beautiful love story. Lord, but I feel cheated. Both characters do make declarations of love for one another, sweet and simple, utterly perfect actually, but I wanted the proposal scene. Maybe a bit more declaring of love on Maggie's part. But alas, it was not to be. Thematically the book touched on the idea that being alone is not being safe, it's just being alone. I would have liked to see that developed a wee bit more. The novel, I think is about a hundred pages too short, so we get the beautiful story telling and happy ending but nothing any deeper. Still, a beautiful lead into the Friday Harbour series.
Now, everyone knows I love Lisa Kleypas. Her writing is vivid, beautiful and transports me to times and places in a way that is absolutely masterful. But every time I read one of her books, I somehow expect the experience to be diminished. I think that somehow exposure to her work will have made it less powerful for me. I'm glad to say, that has never been the case. And in Rainshadow Road, Kleypas spun a tale so magical, so beautiful that it was like the first time I picked up one of her novels; I was swept away.
Rainshadow Road continues the saga of the Nolan brothers that we were first introduced to in Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour. Now, I was a bit disappointed in that read, if you recall, I only gave it 3.5 stars because I wanted more. And that's what Kleypas does, she makes you just want to read more and more of her books. This second book in the Friday Harbour series is about the middle Nolan brother, Sam and I absolutely loved his story. Sam is anti marriage. He's anti relationship. He thinks his childhood experiences as a child of two alcholic parents have made it impossible for him to be able to function in a relationship. In short, Sam is afraid of serious emotional attachments. And yet, he has emotional attachments. He's very close to his niece, Holly, who I was glad to see in the novel had overcome a lot of her grief and seemed to be functioning well and happily in her new family dynamic. Sam is also clearly a man who cares about his brothers and about other people.
And Lucy is one of those people. Lucy knew better than to get involved with Sam, but when circumstances force them together, she decides eventually to throw caution to the wind and begin a friends with benefits relationship. Now, that might have many of you groaning, and usually I'd be rolling my eyes, but in this case it really worked because Lucy was entering this relationship with Sam with the full knowledge that he was afraid of emotional entanglements and accepting of the fact that Sam wasn't going to fall in love with her just because they were sleeping together. In fact, she comforts Sam with her constant reassurances of "I don't love you" which I thought was oddly sweet. Without really meaning to, she eased Sam into love with her enough that he was willing to admit to himself that he could take the leap and try to have the sort of relationship with Lucy that others do: one that's constant and committed.
So, for me, this love story was sweet and beautiful. But what I thought was truly interesting was the way that Kleypas spins magic into her tale. Both Sam and Lucy have unusual abilities and can, in essence, work magic. And it's Lucy gift to work emotion into glass that really gives Sam the push to see that in the end, love is worth taking the leap for, because it's transformative. I thought the symbolism very interesting. But what I'm dying to find out about is Alex's gift. The third, and youngest Nolan brother is broken and damaged, teetering on the edge of an abyss, but it's clear Sam isn't the only Nolan that can work magic. I can't wait to read the next book Dream Lake.
5 glittering stars. And it's going on my favourites shelf. (less)
All I can say is ...WOW. Nothing could have prepared me for this romance. Rich in literary allusions, with characters both passionate and romantic, this story was a love story that just blew me away with it's beauty.
I think I'll start off with Julia. I know some readers might find Julia too weak and insecure, but I think that's is an injustice to her character. She has never known love, not even from her parents, the first people in our lives to love us, to offer us unconditional love. She was horribly used by Simon and made to feel demeaned by both his actions and words. I think it's makes perfect sense that she continues to doubt that she is in fact, lovable. I also admired her strength in seeking out love, even though she feared Gabriel's love would destroy her.So I personally, did not see her as weak at all.
And to offer love to such a man as Gabriel. To love Gabriel, who was so nasty and rude in the beginning. But then, I figured out why she loved him so much. Gabriel believes himself to be worse than a sinner. He believes that he is evil. He thinks he's irredeemable and unlovable. He feels things so deeply that he is, as Julia notices, a Bronte like hero. His passion and feelings are of the Gothic proportion. And luckily, also sweet. The more Julia is around Gabriel, the more we see of his sweet, kind nature. And this deeply passionate,sweet, kind Gabriel is the Gabriel that Julia remembers from her past, who she loves. Perhaps it is not healthy to love as deeply as Gabriel and Julia do, but it is beautiful. And I think what makes this kind of passionate, almost out of control love so beautiful is that it reminds us that love is supposed to transcend everything else.It heals both Gabriel and Julia of their many scars and draws them forth out of their own dark places of fear, insecurity and self loathing into the light, where they are both healed. In this respect, the passion can only be, in my opinion, beautiful.
I love how Gabriel and Julia's story was richly layered onto Dante and Beatrice's. I thought the story ended beautifully, with Julia and Gabriel consummating their love as Dante and Beatrice were never did. It was probably the sweetest, most romantic bedroom scene I've ever read.
All in all, a beautifully told love story of the epic variety.I enjoyed it so much I'm afraid to read the next book. I'm afraid that their HEA be tested and right now, that idea isn't appealing. (less)
I thought I'd try a romance with a bit of a faster paced twist, and I decided to try the Harlequin Intrigue series. Cowboy in the Crossfire sounded in...moreI thought I'd try a romance with a bit of a faster paced twist, and I decided to try the Harlequin Intrigue series. Cowboy in the Crossfire sounded intriguing (pardon the pun) and it proved a great read. The plot was well paced and the crime story our h/h are caught up didn't detract from the romance.
Blake and Amanda have a bit of a history and that makes their romance believable. I like that both are strong characters and that their relationship becomes one built on trust. Amanda trusts Blake to protect her son and Blake places a lot of himself (professionally, emotionally, personally) on the line to help his ex best friend's sister based on very little other than his own gut feelings and Amanda's pleas. I found it quite refreshing that he was willing to trust her with details of his plans despite his feelings towards her and everything that he's lost.
I quite loved the epilogue. Simple, neat way to tie up the novel but telling of Blake's character. And I have to say, he was quite the compelling cowboy.
Originally reviewed at www.devastaingreads.blogspot.com It's hard to know where to begin. This isn't your typical romance novel. It falls more into th...moreOriginally reviewed at www.devastaingreads.blogspot.com It's hard to know where to begin. This isn't your typical romance novel. It falls more into the realm of realistic fiction, but the love story is so palpable, so binding, so beautiful and full of mistakes and regrets that one cannot help but feel that this romance at it's best.
When I first started reading it, I thought the writing sounded distant and cold. And when Christian asked Elizabeth to abort their unborn child, to chose between him and this new precious life, I almost put the book down. I had no desire to read about a man who would be so callous. But I kept reading because even as Christian was saying these horrible, unthinkable things to Elizabeth, who he loved so much, I knew he didn't mean it. It doesn't excuse what he did, but it kept me reading. And I'm so glad I did. From this cold, detached sounding prologue, the narration switches to the first person voices of Christian and Elizabeth. And while it might be difficult to keep track of two different first person narrations, in this novel, it was not at all. It was powerful. It allowed us to see how horribly Elizabeth had been hurt, how deep that pain and betrayal went, her anger and distrust of Christian when he just walks back into her life desperate to see his daughter. And how deeply in love with Christian she still was. And while we see this from Elizabeth, every bit of it expected and justified because of what Christian did to her by leaving, we also get to know Christian.
You might not want to like Christian. What he did, was a horrible betrayal. It was cruel and selfish, and almost cost Elizabeth the life of their unborn child. Most people might say his actions are unforgiveable. But I was never angry at Christian. I never condoned or excused what he did, but I understood it was done in a most of selfish, childish anger, and I saw how much he regretted it. The instant the words left his mouth, he regretted it. Leaving Elizabeth and his child defines him as the worst sort of man, but he is someone else entirely. He lives with regret and guilt about what he did to them, a man tormented by the moment that he threw away the best gift of his life, the woman that he still loves, Elizabeth. The knowledge that he has a child somewhere in the world that he does not know, keeps him awake at night. And when he does find them again, and falls so desperately in love with his child, and takes the time to ease into Elizabeth's life so that he can spend time with his daughter, and become part of the family he so wants but ruined, I couldn't help but think that it was unfair that a single moment of his life should have so defined him, branded him as unforgivable. And I wanted what he wanted, for Elizabeth to love him again. Because, in truth, she had never stopped loving him.
The novel is full of complicated events that allow us to see deeply into these characters, to understand them. It's not a depressing read, nor is it a light one. But it is one that makes you ache for what these characters go through, and consider just what trust is. I was moved enough to cry in spots, and although this book was definately engaging enough, and flowed so beautifully that I could have read it in one sitting, I'm glad I didn't. For me, having to wait to find out what was going to happen next, made the story richer.
I hope I haven't spoiled too much...I tried to write in generalities, but there's so much that happens, and it's so honest and raw, that it was really hard not to. What I do know is, this book is going on my favourite shelves and that it has been a while since a novel has devastated me in quite this way.