A rather heartbreaking tale of love lost and found after 17 years. It's painful reading about all the was lost in that seventeen years. I really liked Ginny. There was nothing contrived about how her strength and will to survive was portrayed and her willingness to face the possibility of a new and gentler love with Herr Renner was bittersweet. I usually find myself grudgingly wading through the obligatory scenes of heroines finding a " substitute" for their lost loves however Ginny's friendship with Martin Renner was sweet and rather tender that I actually felt sad about their farewell scene.
As for Ginny and Ash's story, it was heart wrenching how they lost 17 years of being together. The flashbacks, which I usually find annoying, were peppered with scenes showing all that is passionate and laughter-filled young love can be. They are both still so obviously in love with one another. I chuckled but also felt for Ash when he would wait unseen for the sound of Ginny's footsteps. The "grovel" was satisfying without crossing over to cringe-inducing territory. Their twin children were well-drawn characters and I can picture them grown up and still protective of each other and adoring of their mother. Ash will have to do a bit of work to completely win them over but his utter love for the twin's mom should work well in his favor.
Like how in a few paragraphs, Ms. Schwab painted a loving, sexy, and devoted relationship for Guy.
Now for my wish list for this book...would have wanted to see some serious comeuppance for the mother. Forty lashes, maybe? I wanted her to suffer,suffer and suffer some more. And an epilogue where one can read about Ash and Ginny going all PDA much to the smiling disgust of the kids, and Guy and Ash rediscovering being friends again, and Ash&Ginny teasing each other and so on and so forth.
Get this book. I have to sleep now.