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The Commitment Paperback – August 17, 2021
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- Publisher : Bella Books (August 17, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 244 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1642472573
- ISBN-13 : 978-1642472578
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.43 x 0.71 x 8.11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,957,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jen Fraser is a 43-year-old woman who has just hit menopause and has recently had some medical issues. She’s past ready for a family and asks her best friend, 33(ish)-year-old Lacey Reed, to marry her. Lacey has a 7-year-old daughter and has trouble making ends meet. They decide to commit to one another and form a family. They let friends and family think it’s a love match; but there aren’t romantic feelings between them. Except, Lacey has been in love with Jen since they met and Jen is completely oblivious. Things take a turn when Jen’s ex shows back up and Lacey isn’t convinced she’s completely over her.
This is my second book by Hale and I just love the atmosphere and communities she creates. The setting for this one was fun and something I’ve never read before. Jen and Lacey work in a living historical museum depicting the life of 19th century gold mining town of Beechworth in Australia. A lot of the time Jen and Lacey would be in costume putting on shows for tourists, with Jen being in drag. I thought this was fun and let them interact in different ways, especially when they were trying to have conversations with an audience.
Her main characters don’t live in a bubble and there are several side characters that get a lot of time on page. My favorite this time was Mac, Lacey’s daughter. I’m usually not too crazy about kids in books because they’re rarely realistic but Mac stole every scene she was in. Her love for Jen was so pure and sweet and simple and their relationship helped me see Jen in a better light when she was frustrating me. Jen used to be a happy, confident person but after some personal tragedy and ongoing medical issues, she’s lost a lot of confidence in herself. Because she’s concentrating on those things, it makes her pretty oblivious to Lacey and her feelings. However, I loved how hard she tried to change when it was pointed out how wrong she was. Lacey, on the other hand, is a perfect example of a lovable character. She’s sweet and has the patience of a saint.
They talked and communicated which was refreshing but there were still misunderstandings that caused a lot of angst. Their issues were real and came from insecurities and a lack of confidence. I never felt like Hale was writing the angst and drama for the sake of it, it was natural and realistic. They clearly loved each other and wanted their relationship to work but they had trouble figuring out how to make it work.
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something different with your romance.
I received an ARC from Bella Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When Lacey Reed started her job at the gold rush museum she really only had eyes for the owner's daughter, Jennifer Fraser. But Jennifer never noticed the longing everyone else saw in Lacey’s eyes. Jennifer was getting ready for her marriage to her one love Victoria (Tori). Her life was on track but when the unthinkable happens it means the end of Jennifer’s marriage too.
Now Lacey was and still considered Jenn’s best friend even though her feelings ran much deeper than mere friendship. But for Lacey time didn’t stop, she had to make a life seeing as Jenn’s has made a life without her. I don’t know if Lacey even loved the young man but cared enough to go ahead with a relationship but upon hearing he was going to be a father he quickly left for his home in Scotland.
This is the story, will they ever be together the way Lacey hopes. Hard to tell since Jenn is somewhat reluctant to begin a physical relationship with her best friend Lacey. Jenn doesn’t have a clue about how Lacey really feels.
Will they manage to bring this relationship to a happy ending. Well read this to find out. All in all a pretty good read.
ARC via NetGalley/ Bella Books