- File Size: 1545 KB
- Print Length: 479 pages
- Publisher: Alison G. Bailey (May 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F1K2KU6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am not going to talk much about Bryson's husband Will except to say that I did appreciate the growth of his character. To be honest, I was annoyed with my feelings about him because I wanted to dislike him more than I actually did by the end of the book. I think that is a testament to the quality of Bailey's writing and character development. On the other hand, I can and will talk about Hart all day long. :) Even from those very first moments he spent with Bryson, I felt the spark between the two of them. I had that warm feeling in the pit of my stomach that there was something special about him, and I couldn't wait to get to know him more.
I simply adored everything about Hart. He was fun and flirty (his flirtatious conversations with Bryson made me giggle like a schoolgirl), but my favorite part about him was how he encouraged her to follow her dreams. You could tell he was the kind of person who truly cared about other people. Hart had a very sexy and commanding presence that would have made me feel weak in the knees if I were Bryson. I liked how he made her feel desirable and special. Every woman should have a man like that. Hart supported Bryson no matter what, even when she had to make very difficult decisions.
The relationship between Bryson and Hart was a delicious slow burn. There was simply no denying their pull toward one another. Both grew and changed along the way. I enjoyed watching Hart open up and embrace his feelings for Bryson. As for Bryson, I loved seeing her become more confident. I was in awe of her compassion and the sacrifices that she was willing to make. Once again Bailey crafted a beautiful story full of real characters tackling real issues. While I did shed quite a few tears along the way, I also laughed my butt off (hello Sophie and Doug!) and smiled often. Bailey is a gift storyteller, and I think fans old and new will fall in love with this book just like I did.
At a high school dance in their senior year, which was held at an aquarium, in one of the big halls, Bryson wanders around noticing the fish and just off by herself and she turned around and the high school bad boy Hart is standing there staring at her, which makes her nervous -she is very innocent, and he asks her to dance with him right there in front of the aquarium. Until her best friend comes running up and telling her to hurry, her boyfriend Will is sick, she feels something about Hart but is too inexperienced to know what. She runs off to see about Will and she does not see Hart again for 10 years.
After college, once Will and Bryson marry, she suddenly seems to lose her own identity. Will is being groomed to take over his family business, he is their golden son, the older son is a failure. Because of this he listens to everything his father and mother tell him and does it without question. We see he married the perfect girl, he works hard, meets with his father and business associates all the time-even at the wedding. Will does not want Bryson to go to work, he does not want her to do anything except stay home and have children. She is to be the perfect wife, do as she is asked to do, and nothing else.
After years of this Bryson is lost, she wants to take some cooking classes as she loves to cook, and Will tells her she can't. After a bad incident occurs especially for Bryson, and she is heart-broken, she just basically quits trying.
It is also during this time she discovers something about her husband she never knew, and this is what causes all kinds of repercussions. At this point-10 years after high school she sees Hart again. When she sees how he has turned out, and how he has made something of himself despite some life altering occurrences, things start changing for her also. Hart talks with her, gives her strength, and encourages her to do things for herself.
This book is really a good read, and it covers a subject that really can have life altering effects on not just the person it is happening to, but those around them. The author does a great job writing about this. It is sad that this happens, but it is not unexpected when one acts the way that Will does throughout this story-but it is still heartbreaking.
Read this book, I know you will love it and the ending is bittersweet. This book will make you feel happy, it will make you cry, feel anger, and feel regret.
I gave this book 5***** stars and look forward to reading more by this author.