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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940448239
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- Publication Date: September 18, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0735H49SC
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Canaan and Maggie met at the tender age of five when her parent were killed and she went to live with her grandmother. It was only a matter of time before they fell in love. They're both eighteen, in love and Maggie is pregnant, so they get married. Now, I know what your probably thinking...... and yes, she loses the baby, BUT, that's not why their marriage fell apart and ultimately Maggie left and fled to Chicago.
Additionally, the title really doesn't fit the story. Maggie's grandmother has died and she's returning to Missouri to settle her grandmother's affairs, as well as, deliver divorce papers to Canaan. Canaan refuses to sign unless she gives him 30 days to prove that he's changed and still loves her. While this was told from Maggie's POV, you never wondered how Canaan was feeling. Hands down, he was the star of the show. From the beginning, he was very c!ear how much he loved her, that he took responsibility for the demise of their marriage and that he wanted a second chance.
This was a sweet and steamy read that kept me thoroughly entertained and smiling at the end.
Maggie Church and Canaan Ford got married right out of high school because of a surprise pregnancy that ended with a miscarriage. They clearly loved one another deeply but couldn't handle the tragedy in their lives. To make matters worse there were other tragedies weighing on their souls. They were both too immature to handle their loss on an emotional level. Canaan began to drink heavily. The drinking led to a path of self destruction which included fighting and out of control behavior. Maggie couldn't take watching Canaan self destruct and finally chose to walk away. As she watched Canaan in her rear view mirror, she vowed she would never return to Farmington, Missouri or Canaan Ford.
Five years later Maggie is forced to face her past and finally put it to rest. She has returned to Farmington for her grandmother's funeral and to finalize the divorce. Canaan had refused to sign the divorce papers for the past five years. She has made a new life in Chicago with a successful career as an artist. She has been in a relationship with another man for the past two years. She needs to put the past to rest so that she can fully move forward in her life. Coming home isn't always easy, especially when facing another loss. What she came home to was something altogether different than what she left behind years ago. Farmington is still the same charming small town where everyone knows each others business but the peoples lives have changed. Her friends have built careers and families of their own. Her ex husband is still living in the same apartment above the garage at her grandmother's house but he is a different man altogether. She's finding it hard to believe Canaan is the same man as the boy she left behind. She refuses to allow herself to become vulnerable to Canaan's charm and apparent sincerity. She needs their divorce to become finalized.
Canaan was broken before he lost Maggie. Losing Maggie was the final bullet that killed his dying soul. He had a choice to live as the man he always intended to be or die alone from his own self destruction. He has always loved Maggie Church and knows they were destined for one another. He made a conscious choice to become the man Maggie deserved. He changed his life. He grew up. He became responsible. He became emotionally present. He became a real man. Now he's going to win his wife back no matter how hard she tries to walk away. This time he is going to keep her. If she walks away, he's going to chase her and bring her home. She is his wife. He just needs 30 days to prove it.
Needless to say, Nicole Williams painted a vivid picture of Maggie and Canaan's life with her words. This novel was like an artistic painting that evoked so many emotions with it's choice of color, realms of shading, and deliberate strokes of the brush. Sometimes the colors blended perfectly but the shading overpowered the overall piece. Other times the brushstroke strayed outside the lines but added more detail to the overall intensity. When all the creativity, choice of colors, and masterful technique came together, it became an emotional masterpiece. This is what Exes With Benefits by Nicole Williams became. Her words were what created a beautiful masterpiece about life, love, and the choice of happiness.
I loved the premise of the story and although sad, the prologue had me hooked from the beginning and I stayed that way to the end.
Canaan Ford and Maggie Church grew up together in Farmington, MO and were high school sweethearts. They married at 18 and were married for eleven months before she finally left him. She loved him but they were toxic together. She had not been back to the small town in five years but couldn't avoid it anymore when her grandmother died. Although separated, they had never divorced. Canaan was ready when she returned and set out to win her back. Maggie was set on making the separation legal.
Williams told the story with a single POV, Maggie's. I would have liked to hear from Canaan as well. I really wanted to know more about him in the five years and why he didn't go and fight for her once he was back on track, but the single perspective left some mystery to the storyline, which was a positive.
Williams outlined their time together while also revealing parts of their past. I loved everything about Canaan. Obviously at 18, he had major issues that led to them spiraling out of control, but also obvious, he had picked his life up after Maggie left and made things right. He became a man for Maggie. And as much as I loved Canaan, I got tired of Maggie quickly. She had her food moments, but she was whiney, judgmental and pessimistic. I was also not a fan of her relationships while they were still married, albeit estranged.
In the end, I loved the emotions evoked from their second chance story. I'm a fan favorite. I would have liked seeing more into the future, but the soul mate chemistry was present so I could envision their forever love.
"Because you can't write a great love story without a tragedy to overcome. Because that's when love's proved. Not when life's easy, but when it's so damn hard you can barely breathe."
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