- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (September 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619359480
- ISBN-13: 978-1619359482
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,898,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best Kind of Love Paperback – September 10, 2015
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THEME: Romance, Chick Lit
I knew before I started this book that it was going to be an emotional roller coaster and I I hoped that it was going to be HEA. I’m a huge sucker for second chances and this couple seriously needed saving emotionally.
The Best Kind of Love follows Penelope Walker who has come back to her hometown after her life takes a turn for the worse. But she’s struck will facing her past and broken heart, when the lover of her life is now her new neighbor. Ethan and Pen had planned to marry 12 years ago but Ethan broke her heart and the pain hasn’t gone away. Now Ethan and Pen are faced with dealing with what might still be love but Pen will have to forgive and understand the reason behind Ethan’s decisions.
Pen is a tough cookie, she’s a bit stern and serious, with everything that happened to her and the loss of her job she is a bit broken. Ethan coming back into the picture doesn’t really help. The tension and sparks that are in every scene they have together is fantastic. It was hard to see them struggling when I can see how good they are together. Neither moved on in their lives and Pen still doesn’t know what happened all those years ago. I was so rooting for these two to figure things out and the back and forth was seriously frustrating me too no end. But I knew these two had to come to a resolve or at least find some happiness.
Ethan was a hard guy to be mad at, I totally felt for Pen and how hard it would be to be have your heart so badly broken. But Ethan has a secret and has made some pretty tough decisions. In the end I adored him, loved his determination and protectiveness.
Overall this was such a great story and its only Carpenters second book, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her next story. What I enjoyed most beside the wonderful character development was the family side of things; Pen has three sisters who were introduced, each having an interesting story to them. I’m hoping that we get to come back and see where their lives are heading. Another piece that hooked me was the pace, the story hit all the elements of heartbreak, angst, sadness, humor, secrets, and love to bring together two people who were truly destined to be together.
Ethan Callaghan returned to Blue Lake two years ago and has made a life for himself there, but he never forgot Penelope or how his choices changed their lives. But with so much left unsaid, so much hurt and misconceptions, and so many years lost, getting Penelope to consider anything more with him now will be a challenge. She put up walls when they ended and has no plans to let them come down.
"Why am I feeling things for someone I haven't seen in years? We wee so young. This wasn't supposed to happen again."
Ethan was completely likable and swoon-worthy. He was strong, determined, confident, and had a big heart. He tried to protect those he cared about, but sometimes had to make hard choices. The decisions he made in the past had serious repercussions for both of them. He had his reasons, but kept them hidden even to his own detriment.
"Pen, regrets will kill you. They eat you up inside Trust me."
Pen was closed off and controlled. But she also came home angry, overwhelmed, and upset. She had a fear of failure and letting people down. She strived to keep her life organized and in control. But Ethan has always brought out her more spontaneous emotional side. But she was locked down with fears, doubts, insecurities, and past pain.
Their reunion was volatile and then inconsistent with opposition, avoidance, reluctant attraction, and fight or flight tendencies. There was verbal sparring, flirting, resistance, advance, and retreat. But underlying it all were feelings and a true love that never really faded and a void left unfulfilled. She needed purpose in her life and suddenly she began to find inspiration in her small hometown and she in turn inspired him. As they spent more time together, it was easy to revert to old feelings. She also became more and more curious about some inconsistencies from their past. Ethan was as determined to wear her down as she was to not get hurt again.
(Quote)The gentleman in him knew he needed to respect the walls she'd built between them. But damn if he didn't want to break them all down and remind her of what they used to share. Good thing he worked in construction because Ethan knew that making Penelope Walker love him again was going to be one hell of a project.
Can she forget the pain from their past? And forgive the secrets he's still keeping?
Her three sisters were delightful, They were fun, feisty, and totally intrusive. They were humorous and supportive, but also teased and taunted. They got right up in the middle of all of their business. They all had their own plans and dreams, but some were working out better than others. I imagine we will see books for the other three sisters and it seems that Chloe might be next since her story was teased a bit.
This was a sweet, second chance love story built on layers of secrets from the past. Coming home was full of challenges, opportunities, and a chance for a new start. But it also involved facing demons, dealing with the past, and moving forward. It was told in dual point of view allowing us to see their past pain and new confusion and wants. It had likable characters, humor, emotion, and secrets that were gradually revealed. I enjoyed the back drop of the town of Blue Lake and it became a character itself.