- File Size: 786 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: Portia Moore Books (May 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0722CX8ZX
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chassidy's life is falling apart. After losing her second child, she's decided to hold her pain inside and grieve alone. In doing so, she pushes her husband away and their marriage reaches a turning point that she isn't sure they can come back from. Add in a tempting agent and mysterious neighbor and you have a recipe for disastrous decision-making.
Bryce wants his wife back. The woman he fell in love with before he even saw her face. But the loss of their son has taken more than just their child from his life. His wife is no longer whole and she won't communicate with him. He loves her but he's finding it hard to understand why she keeps pushing him away. Even a guardian angel may not be able to save their marriage in time.
This has left me with some seriously conflicting thoughts. First, the description of this book is entirely misleading and I fear will lead to a lot of negative reviews because of it. With books, expectations are important. If you advertise X but provide Y, you won't get the intended results. Had this synopsis accurately portrayed the story within, I still might have picked it up since I like paranormal romance books. Others won't be so forgiving.
So in case you are wondering, this is a second chance romance with a paranormal angel/demon theme and a somewhat religious aspect. You're welcome.
On one hand, I cannot say anything negative about the way the book was written. It's clear the author has a talent for building a story, even if I didn't love the story being told. But editing? No. Even for an ARC, it was terribly edited with missing and misspelled words, punctuation blunders everywhere, and sentences that just didn't make sense. I really hope this gets edited properly before being released. However, I did read this entire thing in a single sitting so there is something to be said for the storytelling. It captured my attention and even when I was cursing the terrible grammar, I was still immersed in the story. That reason alone explains my rating. I would consider reading more of this author's work but I would need to know what I'm getting beforehand. No more surprises.
My biggest problem lies in the severely unequal character development. We see things through both Chassidy and Bryce's views, yet Bryce's POV is mostly in the past. We get to see how he comes to fall in love with Chas and it's easier to connect with him. With Chassidy, we're dropped right into the middle of her turmoil and I couldn't find it in me to sympathize with her for pretty much the entire story. I wanted to. But all I saw out of her were selfish and terrible decisions. I can forgive a few of them but it was one after another and the savior of the story wasn't present enough to really make an impact in her life.
I didn't even have a problem with the religious aspect of the book. I am not a religious person but respect the rights of others. I also enjoy reading books that feature angels and demons so this wasn't a bad element of the story for me. If you don't like religion in your stories and aren't a fan of the angel/demon trope, skip this one.
But the angel/demon element really wasn't as prominent as it could have been. And to be honest, it probably *should* have played a larger role. Had there been more angelic intervention and less selfish stupidity on Chassidy's part, I might have liked this more. I am all for a couple finding their way back together, again. But our couple are separate for 90% of the book and you can't fix something when you're not there. I would have much preferred to watch their struggle to reconnect rather than Chas's inability to decide whether to cheat or not.
I'm not sure if I believe that Chas deserved her happy ending. Bryce did. He never really gave temptation more than a fleeting thought. But the choices that Chas continued to make were baffling to me. I hate people who cheat, no matter what their so-called "reasons" are. There may not be any actual intercourse, but it crosses the line several times. If you're like me, and despise unfaithful and disrespectful heroines (or heroes), this isn't the book for you.
If I could rework this story, I would have had the angel reveal himself sooner and to both spouses (separately) to help guide them back to each other. The demon still could have tried to sway each of them, but I think saving their marriage should have played a bigger role in Chassidy's decisions. I also wouldn't have taken Bryce out of the picture. If not for his flashbacks, he really wouldn't have been in the story at all. I would have liked to see the two fighting more, making progress, hitting setbacks, and still fighting on. Maybe then I would have believed Chas's turnaround was genuine.
So despite the author's incredible storytelling abilities, this wasn't the book for me. It was a good story, but one I won't be reading again. If you have the ability to be more sympathetic to an ailing heroine, this is a good story for you.
Full review on Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog
I have contemplated my words for this review for days. I have started it over in my head countless times. Nothing I came up with seemed adequate enough to do this book justice. I have loved every book that Portia has written. And I anxiously awaited this book. But I have to admit that I almost didn’t finish reading this book once I finished the first chapter. I cried a lot in this book, even from the get go. There were parts of this book that hit very close to my shattered heart. And I honestly wasn’t sure if I had what it took to actually let the words pry the cracks open further. If the author had been anyone other than Portia, I would have stopped. Portia knows how to break a heart so good with words and then piece it back together more beautifully by the end. I trusted Portia to bond the broken parts of my heart back together by the end of her book. And she didn’t disappoint.
The grief experienced by the main characters in this book is a grief that many who live with it are forced to carry silently. It is a grief that rips you apart if you experience it. And it can break you permanently or be used to make you better on the other side of it. It was so accurately portrayed within these covers, that I felt every emotion with the characters. And it definitely gave me pause while reading.
There are parts of the book where I thought things were one way and was very grateful to be wrong about the direction of story. No matter what you think this book is about based on the title and even scenes within the book that plant seeds, read the book anyway. You will not be disappointed.
You don’t just wake up one day and decide to walk away from the love of your life. No, the path away isn’t that definitive. It is a small inching away, a little each day as you cling to hurt or resentment or pain. Those inches don’t seem like much when taken individually. But one day you wake up and find that the invisible hairline fractures that formed in the foundation of your love story have become as wide as the Grand Canyon and the inches you stepped away from your other half are now this un-crossable chasm. Can love really build a bridge to bring two hearts back together? This book is the journey of two people who experience one of life’s most horrible trials and search for answers when there aren’t any that we are meant to understand. Those things create a distance that can’t be breached through ordinary means. Do Bryce and Chassidy have the extraordinary means to find their way back? Read the book and find out.
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