From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Lindstrom comes an award-winning, emotionally powerful, heartwarming page-turner.
Evelyn Tucker planned to marry her neighbor and best friend, Kyle Grayson, then his brother returned home and complicated everything.
When Radford Grayson returns home with his young daughter, the wounded man and his withdrawn little girl turn Evelyn’s life upside down. Radford is no longer the familiar neighbor boy who went off to war. He’s a grown man now, a handsome stranger with pain in his eyes and secrets he refuses to share.Forced to work together, Evelyn and Radford struggle with their deepening feelings for one another. To acknowledge their desire is a risk they can’t take without hurting Kyle and tearing their families apart. But Evelyn knows that sharing a passionate love with Radford is within reach, and her choice to marry for love or security will be forever. Can she forsake a once-in-a-lifetime love and her own happiness to protect their families and the two men she loves?
"A perfect ten...one story that should not be missed!" (Romance Reviews Today)
“Awesome underlying emotional power.” (Romantic Times)
“Have a hanky ready. You'll need it more than once!” -Linders
“It grabbed me by the heart and didn't let go.” -RPurvis
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I love that its a book about close family bonds and that the characters will be able to carry on in upcoming books. I am definitely a family person so I really enjoyed that.
I can imagine how difficult it is to be a narrator and to try to please everyone. We all read, and hear our books, in different voices. The narrators try to find that voice and to make it one everyone can relate to. Julia Motyka wasn't the best narrator I've heard, but she wasn't the worst either. She struggled a little with the variety of voices, but it wasnt anything terrible. The only one that truly bugged me was the voice of William which changed towards the end of the book. She did a great job on his voice when he had a verbal struggle. All in all I'd listen to her again. If I saw she were the narrator I wouldn't turn away, but neither would I seek her out. I do hope to listen to the rest of the series so that ought to say aomething in her favor.
You know, surprisinly I did!! I got this book for free in exchange for a review. I am not a fan of leaving good reviews for something I dont like, and I really thought I'd be leaving a 'meh' kind of review. Turns out I genuinely liked the book!! I just finished it and I actually spend the last third of it trying to find things to to do around the house just so I could listen! Super glad I took the chance on listening to this one and look forward to the rest of the series!!
The following is a SPOILER so stop reading if you don't want to know anything.....SPOILER.....Ok so I get that Radford falls in love with his brother Kyles fiancee. Evelyn saw Kyle as more of a best friend and hadn't realized the difference between marrying for that reason, vs actually falling in love. So thats cool, stuff happens. There were TONS of other storyline choices that the author could have taken to make the transition, I have no clue why she opted to take the route of cheating!!!! Why!?! Why why why!?! I ended up honestly kind of disgusted with the behavior. She could have had the Kyle and Evelyn realizing their love was a friend love instead of making her and Radford cheaters!! When they finally got married I kind of tuned it out because I was so turned off by the cheating. Hopefully in the following books she will a) make us feel a bit better about that behavior in Kykes story, and b) Never go the cheating route again!! Authors... Cheating sucks in real life, we don't want it in our romance novels!!!!
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