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- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Love Inspired (February 26, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2018
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076ZX81KT
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,596,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rachel and Michael are the main characters. They were an item ten years ago, but their relationship fell apart. Now circumstances have thrust them together again.
The setting is a small town in the deep south.
Rachel's younger brother and sister (minors) have been living with an aunt, but the lady has passed away. Rachel comes back to assume custody. Their biological parents are explorers in the Amazon and not involved in the family.
Michael was married, divorced, and the father of a young son, roughly the same age as Rachel's little brother.
Positives of the novel: Good drama. Well developed characters. Good dialogue. Interesting plot.
Negatives: the two boys, younger brother of Rachel, and son of Michael, are less developed than the others, and their age is hard to pin down.
Otherwise an enjoyable read.
I thought this story would show Michael being a father figure two Rachel's two kids, but I didn't ever really see it...He seemed to be more of a "friend," even to his own son than anything else...His involvement seemed very limited.
Rachel Peters was a selfish and self-righterous person in my opinion. It's what SHE wanted that mattered. I thought that Amy was the most mature one. She had a boyfriend who seemed to really care for her and even prayed for her and told her to do the right thing. Rachel had absolutely NO RIGHT trying to get Amy or Shaun to go back to New York with her. I think Rachel should have left those kids with Michael and taken off for parts unknown!
She selfishly left Michael ten years before and had ABSOLUTELY no right to him! There is NO WAY a decent man would pine away for a woman like that and TAKE HER BACK after what she did!
And after she announced she had been approved for the loan and went to talk to Shaun...Ewwww, I wanted to smack her silly! She practically bribed her brother to get him to agree to go to New York with her. This woman made me sick to my stomach.
So I like Michael. I mean, he was okay, but he didn't have much of a backbone. I think he deserved much better than Rachel.
Even the epilogue - when I read that she was having Michael's baby, I just felt sorry for the kid. I hope any baby born to Rachel is willing to do things her way or no way at all, because that's the way it's going to be...
I'm sorry. I know some don't see it that way, but that's the way I saw this book. I gave it two stars simply because I managed to get through it. I liked Micahel and thought his and his ex-wife's story was great...
Michael Hunter had moved on with his life. He had married, had a son, and divorced since he saw Rachel last, but that didn't mean that he had forgotten about her. He was bitter towards her, though, because she had left Magnolia Blossom and him far behind her ten years ago. He didn't want to be around her any more than he had to, but his son was friends with her younger brother, and Rachel desperately needed his help to win her siblings' loyalty. As he spent time with Rachel, though, he couldn't help but feel the love he once had for her. Can that love grow again?
This book was pretty good, with fairly realistic characters and situations. I could completely understand why Rachel had fled Magnolia Blossom ten years ago, but what I couldn't understand is why Michael was so mean to her. He was almost downright cruel to her a few times, and he didn't lessen up even though she was grieving her aunt's death and was stressed about her siblings, although at other times he was disarmingly nice to her. I know that she had hurt him when she left, but there's really no excuse for that kind of behavior. I felt really sorry for Rachel because not only was Michael treating her shabbily, but so was her sister Amy. Other than that, I enjoyed the book, especially the character of Rachel. I really identified with her, and the author did a great job of explaining her reasoning for wanting to roam the world instead of staying in Magnolia Blossom. I would love to read more from this author.
I was very disappointed to discover that this book fits the latter category. Both Michael and Rachel were filled with a tremendous amount of anger, bitterness and resentment. This came out in the hostile and abrasive, highly-critical, sarcastic way they interacted with each other. They neither spoke like Christians nor acted that way. Rachel was so icy and aloof, and came across as quite selfish, that it was nearly impossible to warm up to her. Michael was a bit more likeable because of his kind and thoughtful interactions with the children, yet he was so unforgiving, and spoke so cruelly to Rachel, which was in direct opposition to the prayers he spoke and the religious beliefs he professed.