Oh boy! This book is heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. I love this story so much. I don't know how Peel constantly writes stories that lead me on a journey of such a wide range of emotions. Dani just tugs at your heartstrings from day one and I can't help but root for her and Brock while still aching for all they are experiencing. I love that Peel is not afraid to tackle tough subjects, like PTSD, in her characters. Despite the crazy journey, you can always expect a happy ending from Peel, and this book is no exception. It also gets me super pumped for the next one in the series!
My heart went on another rollercoaster! I listened to this book and loved it so much! I'm just in awe of this author and her talents. The narrator was phenomenal. She breathed so much life into the book through her talents. The emotion was palpable and felt so real and raw through her narration. Well done! Now I'm ready for the third book when it releases in a few weeks. *Squeal* I'm really excited if you can't tell. Lol! Please read my content section at the end of the review before reading/listening to this book. I love it and want everyone to read it but I know that there are some who will be triggered.
***Review from my first time reading the book Oct 2020***
Oh. My. Heart! Y'all...this book. It took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride with a big drop off right at the beginning, loop dee loops throughout, a couple straightways, several climbs followed by drops, and then the final stretch of feeling happy and satisfied after the ride. Yep. That pretty much describes my emotions throughout this book, and the characters' emotions as well. Actually, they might have had a few more loop dee loops and massive climbs and drop offs than my rollercoaster ride. Just saying!
But with all of that being said, I loved it. It's my favorite of the first two books. I didn't want to stop reading it. I needed to figure out what was happening, why the secrets, how were the secrets revealed, why, does everything work out, what about her sisters, can their hearts heal. And there were so many more things I needed to know. So obviously I read all night. Well...almost. It was worth it.
While I was reading the first book, Return to Sender, I kept thinking that I could not wait to read Dani's story. She has been in love with Brock for years and years. They've circled around each other. I wanted to know if they finally stopped circling and stopped denying their feelings for each other. I loved diving further into Dani and Brock's story. I love a good marriage of convenience story and this one did not disappoint. There are several barriers that these two had starting off the beginning of their marriage and it takes a lot to climb over them and tear them down. But I loved the strength of these two. They had to learn to build their trust again. I loved watching the strengthening of their friendship and the growth of their relationship. It was achingly beautiful.
There's lots of drama and some mystery surrounding Brock's family and I kept trying to guess what the reason was. You'll find that there are some family members you won't care for...or maybe just family member. But the others you'll love. There are some heartbreaking scenes that had me shedding some tears. I ached for these characters. But with the pain comes growth and healing and peace.
I want to tell you about so many scenes and moments and lines from this book that I loved. But I really don't want to spoil it for you. So I'll just grin *imagine me grinning* and tell you that this is a book that I will be rereading and thinking a lot about and encourage you to pick up this series. If you've ever read a book by Jennifer Peel you know her style of writing and the way she portrays characters. If you haven't ever read a book by her and enjoy reading about characters who are real and raw, ones that you feel like you can connect with, her books are for you! Plus they're witty, and have great love stories! Just saying!
Content: Both books in this series deal with some sensitive topics that can be triggers for some people. This book talks about PTSD, pregnancy, divorce, and a few other topics. There is some mild swearing. The characters do talk about sex but in the context of it being part of a healthy relationship. There are mild innuendos, some passionate kissing, and a fade out scene. You can check out Jennifer Peel's blog for more information about the topics discussed in the book. I would recommend this book for more mature readers and will also say that the way the author wrote about these topics was done in a tasteful way.
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