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This Love

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Forgiveness can be hard—even when it’s the only way to save your life.

When Emmy’s fiancé, Ethan, is killed by a speeding driver on the way to their wedding, she is devastated beyond words. Numb and confused, she withdraws from the world.

Eighteen months later, Emmy has settled herself into the coastal town of Cobbler’s Cove. With satisfying work in a new restaurant, a quiet
ebook, 180 pages
Published September 15th 2016 by Escape Publishing
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Nikki Cook
Sep 08, 2016 Nikki Cook rated it really liked it
Eighteen months after a tragic accident, Emmy and Jack come face to face. Face to face with each other, their demons, and their fragile hold on life. Torn between what they feel they should do and what they feel for each other, Emmy and Jack must decide if they can move on and how. They soon realize that forgiveness can only go so far, but love can take them further.

Lea Darragh takes readers to the land down under, then back up again in this tale of death, life, and love. The main characters ar
Paula  Phillips
Sep 20, 2016 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Our novel starts with tragedy as Emerson aka Emmy is on her way to her wedding when she learns that her fiance Ethan has been in a car crash, rushing into the hospital in her dress she discovers her tragic beginning of what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. The novel then jumps eighteen months into the future where we discover that Emmy has moved away from the city life of Melbourne to a small beaten off-track coastal town called Cobblers Creek which I loved as I am a fan of the s ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
“This Love” is the latest novel by author, Lea Darragh that release tomorrow! This outstanding novel begins with Emerson’s fiance being killed in a car accident on their wedding day. Eighteen months later she’s moved to Cobbler’s Cove, a small coastal town, living in a beautiful seaside cottage, working as an interior designer, and still trying to put her life back together after Ethan’s death. She’s also dealing with Ethan’s older brother, Adam trying to get her to build a life with him, althou ...more
Sep 11, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
This Love is so much more than a love story- it is a real primer on forgiveness and finding joy again after catastrophe.

The novel opens as Emmy is running into the hospital emergency ward in her wedding gown to learn that her soon to be in a few hours groom, Ethan has died in an automobile accident on the way to the wedding. The prologue deftly captures Emmy's utter despair and grief.

Fast forward 18 months later and Emmy has moved from Melbourne to a small coastal town to rebuild her life and he
Jacquie Underdown
Aug 15, 2016 Jacquie Underdown rated it it was amazing
This Love is a deeply emotional story that explores grief and forgiveness in a unique way. This story tests the boundaries of love by placing the two main characters, Jack and Emmy, in an extremely difficult situation, one that had me questioning what I would do under the same circumstances.

The author, Lea Darragh, skillfully weaved the story, showing me the enormous leap of faith and atonement required before Jack and Emmy could even accept love into their broken hearts. The HEA doesn't comes
Aug 23, 2016 Nikki rated it it was amazing
I had the absolute pleasure in reading this book. The characters were real and engaging and each individual word painted a picture that continues to paint in my mind. It has been quite a while since I have read a book that is so beautifully written, almost like poetry. I could not recommended this book more highly.
Oct 06, 2016 Lee rated it it was ok
I sooo wanted to love this book. Or I would have been happy with liking this book. But…

It started out so well. This is a romance book with conflict between the leads. Real conflict. Not that ‘thrown in from the doorway because Writing 101 said you must have a conflict’ conflict. A few chapters in and I was loving This Love. I was excited as to how this conflict was going to play out, and how the author and characters were going to reach a resolution.

Our heroine, Emerson, is living in a small V
Sep 18, 2016 Abby rated it really liked it
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*ARC received through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*
4 forgiving stars!
This Love is heartbreaking, angsty, and intensely hot. It is a story about forgiving and being forgiven to fully fall in love.

I think the story have a unique plot in the way it brings the villain-to-hero arc to Jack's character although I didn't really think he is a villain at first. I mean I know he is generally a good person and him being a villain was an accident but it happened and I've found myself rooting
Sep 22, 2016 Anonymisses rated it really liked it
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Lea Darragh’s “This Love” is a wonderful story of hope and renewal in the aftermath of terrible loss. When her fiance, Ethan, dies tragically in a crash crash on their wedding day, Emmy (short for Emerson) is broken-hearted. In search of peace and healing (and to escape her handsy brother-in-law), Emmy moves from the big city of Melbourne to a coastal town called Cobbler’s Cove. There she slowly regains her strength and determination to live without Ethan. S
Sep 24, 2016 Lianne rated it did not like it
Firstly I'd like to thank NetGalley, the author and the publisher for sending me an ARC copy of this book.

From having a quick read through the other reviews on here (just page 1), I'm certain that I'll be going against the grain with my review here. So please bear with me.

I want to start by saying that I have read many many ARC books, in various genres and of course some I enjoyed more than others. But even in the cases where I just can't click with a book, I will persevere and finish it becau
Angel Hatfield
Sep 18, 2016 Angel Hatfield rated it liked it
Emerson/Em lost her fiance on their wedding day. He was on his way to get married there was a car accident and Ethan didn’t make it. Adam his brother had been driving and Jack Archer had driven the car that had hit and killed Ethan. Eighteen months later Em had moved to Cobbler’s Cove. Em was an interior designer and was designing a restaurant for Aubrey and her fiance Finn. Aubrey had become a good friend to Em as had Finn. Em had been brought but ignored by her parents enless she was being cri ...more
Dec 05, 2016 Tien rated it liked it
This is a second novella of Lea Darragh that I’ve read. I’ve learnt now that she writes emotionally gut wrenching stories. I mean, isn’t it one of the worse things ever for your bridegroom to die in a car accident on the way to the wedding? And that’s how this story began.

The grief Emerson felt pervaded her whole being and there was nothing left of her. It is time for her to embrace life once again and she feels that she may be ready for it. Life, however, always brings some unexpected twist whi
Monique Tinline
Sep 12, 2016 Monique Tinline rated it liked it

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3.5 Stars
What a gripping Prologue that had me gasping for more.

Though the idea of the story was very realistic and this tragedy may be an everyday occurrence, it was the forgiveness and moving on with life that was touching.

The story of Emerson and Jack starts 18months after Emerson's life is turned upside down, but it wasn't until she met Jack that her life started to move forward. But how do you move forward with the one who took it all away?

I loved Jacks character, I love the remorse, th
Sophie Bailey
This love was such an amazing piece of writing! Tender, raw, tear jerkingly beautiful. About a love that seems so wrong but feels so right.

Emerson has been grieving the loss of her fiancé Ethan for a hard 18 months when along comes Jack, the cause of her loss. Thrown together through circumstance, their growing attraction throws up many questions and forces both of them to deal with their grief.

It is beautifully written, the descriptions of grief and all that comes with it is so heartfelt and tr
Sep 19, 2016 Amber rated it really liked it
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Emerson's heart was broken when fiancé died in a car accident on the way to their wedding. She has been trying to put her life back together since that day. The story begins 18 months later, after Emerson has moved to peaceful Cobbler's Cove and started over. She is working as an interior designer in a new restaurant, when she encounters the new executive chef. Jack is a well known chef...and also happens to be the person who c
Sep 28, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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I LOVED this book. It opens up with Emmy in the hospital in her wedding gown, finding out her fiancé died in surgery following a car wreck. It quickly flashes to 18 months later and Emmy trying to move on with her life, but stuck in her grief. In the first 1/3 of the book, Emmy's despair is palpable. As she confronts Jack(the man who ran the red light and killed her fiancé), she slowly begins to heal. As the story progresses, both Emmy and Jack show tremendous character growth and began to fall ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Irene rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

It was an OK story, a true to the day story. Something people in real life go through and have gone through.
The struggle of living or dying is what's this book is about, and healing. Jack and Emmy had to forgive one another before they could move on with each other. It was kind of mushy feel good love to me. I don't know how else to explain it.
Slow in some parts, and it picked up in others.
An accident brought Jack and Emmy into each other's lives. However the outcome of the accident h
Tanya Vought
Sep 14, 2016 Tanya Vought rated it liked it
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This story is not only a love story but a book on forgiveness too!

You will feel and sympathize with both characters. Emmy is struggling with the death of her fiance on their wedding day. And then enter, Jack, the chef and not to mention what all he did all those moths ago....

The author does a great job of showing professionalism between Emmy and Jack and how she gracefully tackles their pain, grief and anguish!

This book could be from real life events.. and its one that gives you raw feelings f
Reckless Readers
Sep 19, 2016 Reckless Readers rated it it was amazing
This book is rough. Emerson lost her fiancée and is still trying to find her way. In order to do that she must confront the man who caused his death. Emerson is one of the strongest female characters. She suffers the loss daily and holds it together when she meets Jack. She sees herself in him, in how he wears his emotions on his face. Their relationship is a slow build but full of fire that leaves you breathless. Through the stages of grief both characters find themselves for a perfect ending.
Talking Books
Sep 09, 2016 Talking Books rated it liked it
Emmerson and Jack's characters go through many emotional moments. Both characters brought out the deep emotions in the story, with both sides having their own demons and struggles to face throughout the book.
Review copy received from Escape Publishing via Netgalley for an honest rating
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Aug 21, 2016 C bond rated it really liked it
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excellent read
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such a sweet and sad story well worth reading recommended to all go get it
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Lea Darragh was once a dreamer of words and stories, until she decided one day to put her hand to creating a whole new world. Telling stories of hope, desperation, love and loss, Lea has written characters that everyone can relate to at one point or another. Her stories are realistic and cover topics that can be difficult to face. She will never shy away from the difficulties that life throws, and ...more
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