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I did this sort of backwards, since I'd read To Love and To Cherish (book 3) when it came out, but still hadn't had time to catch up with the rest, so of course, I jumped at the chance to listen to the Vows Box Set and it was a really great experience.
In 'Til Death Do Us Part, Henry and Sam had been happily married when Henry's plane crashes and he's presumed dead for 5 years. During that time, Henry and his fellow survivors, Garrett, Devon and baby Buddy, do whatever they need to survive on a small island, making do with fruits, seaweed and fish. In the meantime, Sam goes through all the grieving process, finally allowing himself the chance to love again when he meets Nash. But just when they're preparing their wedding, Henry and the rest of the guys are rescued and now Sam will have to decide who he wants to spend the rest of his life with?
In From This Day Forward, Henry and Sam are dealing with the aftermath of them wanting to adopt Buddy and learning to be together again.
In Okay, Then, Ms. Albright shows expands on how Henry and Sam first started dating.
And finally, in To Love and To Cherish, Nash is disillusioned and bitter after his ex-fiancé left him two weeks before their wedding to get back together with his husband, and really, after what happened, who can blame him? He's been sleeping on his best friend's couch and he knows he's overstayed his welcome. He's not looking for love, but he does want the companionship, the commitment, the monogamy and hopefully, decent sex. When he finds out that Dr. Myles Burlingham is looking for both a live-in aid nurse for his grandfather and someone he can share his life with, after going through a very bad divorce, he takes him up on his marriage offer, after all, a marriage based on mutual convenience has to be better than one based on supposed love. Newly engaged, Nash is moving to Myles' apartment when he suffers a freak accident that wipes his memories for the last four months. How will this affect their marriage of convenience?
I really enjoyed listening to these audiobooks back to back, although I have to admit that 'Til Death Do Us Part and To Love and To Cherish were my favorites, because we got to see more of both Henry and Sam and Nash and Myles (Emmitt), respectively.
Henry and Sam's story was heartbreaking. Maybe Henry's a bit more so, since he was cut from civilization, their hopes of being rescued dwindling the longer it took for it to happen. I cried quite a bit when they were found. Their account of what they lived through in the island and all they did to survive and how they dealt with it all, was probably my favorite part. It was very realistic, in my opinion.
I felt bad for Sam, but he had his family and more resources at his disposal. Henry only had Buddy, Garrett and Devon and a great deal of fear that Sam would've already remarried once they got rescued, which was not all that unfounded.
I loved Nash and Emmitt (Myles) in To Love and To Cherish, they were truly made for each other and while the start of their relationship was a bit unconventional, it was obvious there was more to it than what met the eye, at least on Emmitt's part. I just loved seeing Emmitt being so sweet with his grandfather and how nervous he was when he first proposed to Nash. And Nash, well, considering all he went through with Sam, it was completely understandable that he was as messed up about it as he was, even if he realized he wasn't as into Sam as he'd thought at first. The chemistry between Nash and Emmitt was amazing and it was lovely to see them falling for each other as they continued their relationship after the accident. Emmitt's grandfather was awesome and I adored Nash's friends.
Overall, I think the Box Set is a great addition to the library of any Addison Albright's fans and it will give you hours of enjoyment. David Gilmore's voice is pretty even and pleasant and even if he doesn't provide a wide range of voices, he did inject the necessary emotion in some of the most poignant moments in the books and that was more than enough for me.
Story: 4.5 Stars!
Performance: 4 Stars!
Overall: 4.25 Stars!
This was a feel good read.. It's also dealt in honesty. Even though the situation between Nash, Sam and Henry was very awkward and heart breaking in the end everything happened for a reason. And everything was ok in the end. I loved the characters. Their emotions and reactions were very real and honest.. Sometimes tragedy is what bring the right people together.