by Rachel Higginson
Released: January 27th 2015
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Christine Marshall
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
“There is no hot romance here, this is a slow burn of the best kind. It’s a beautiful romance, pure and simple.”
~ Under the Covers
From the first page (or first few minutes, since I was listening) I knew this would be an emotional read. Not an ugly cry book, but emotional nonetheless. I shed a few tears there and then along the way. And I was along for this ride with the heroine as she had to pick up the pieces of her life after her husband died and she found herself alone with her four children.
This book is told on the basis of the five stages of grief. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I think the author did a great job at weaving that into our heroines daily life and showing us how she was reacting at different stages. Getting to acceptance isn’t easy. Dealing with what’s left behind isn’t easy. But it’s even harder to let yourself feel that love again, open your heart up again.
From early on Liz meets Ben. He moves into the house next to hers a few months after her husband passed away. He’s first a friend and solid support through the times when she needed to crumble. I honestly can’t think of a hero more perfect than Ben. The love, patience and understanding he shows is truly beautiful.
There is no hot romance here, this is a slow burn of the best kind. It’s a beautiful romance, pure and simple. Because this is more than just Liz’s second chance at love. It’s mostly her story about how she got there. And I loved that, because while the romance is always there and it’s an integral and important part of this story, it’s never in your face when it shouldn’t be. Ben is resilient and perseveres. And Liz has to deal with herself first before she can open herself up to him.
This is the second book I read by this author and I know I won’t let this much time go by before I dig more into her backlist. Her voice is raw and honest in a way that sucks you in and all you want to do is settle in and read the whole thing. Addicting. I can’t wait to read more.
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