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Paperback – May 14, 2016
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Also appreciated the thought put into listing places for people to get help if needed.
I didn't like this book at first and put it down a few times. But it grew on me and in the end I couldn't put it down! Donda is a single parent with way too much baggage she didn't trust men and no one can blame her after her step father abused her, then her boyfriend got her hooked on drink and drugs before getting sent to jail where he was killed, she got clean in the end, then fast forward 12 years.
Her son Gabriel is amazing and helps her find someone or rather helps Jaxon to make his mum realise that not all men are bad.
They have so many struggles to beat and family members to win around you are never sure what will happen next. I can't say any more or I will ruin it.
If you like a real love story without sex and violence you will love this book. It's not the sort of book I normally read but I will be getting the rest of the series, I'm now a fan of the author. This book can be read as a stand alone and I'm not sure if it ties in with the rest of the series with not reading them but I intend to find out. It is a very well written book and well worth a read.
Love Claimed has all the same qualities as I've come to expect from this author. Her characters are realistic and well developed. Her plot is about so much more than the budding romance. As always the main characters have real life issues that they must deal with and overcome for any sort of normal relationship to develop. This book touches the subjects of child abuse, sexual assault, and addictions. Both main characters have been affected by one or more of these in some way. There are limited graphic description of the actual events, but, the psychological effects on the victims are covered very well. The story chronicles the doubts and fears of the would be lovers. Their actions and reactions are so realistic you feel along with Donda and Jackson as they tread the waters of recovery to discover love. As always the author helps her characters to deal with and overcome their issues to find their happily ever after. Although some of the subject matter is hard for some to deal with, Mary Crawford writes these issues with tact and compassion. Her novels are clean and have the happily ever after that romance readers yearn for. Appropriate for older teens 16 and over, only because of the subject matter.
This is a romance that deals with a woman, scarred by spousal abuse, who has risen to make a successful life for herself and her son. As a mature woman, she is wooed by a good man, but finds it hard to believe that he could love her.
So many women are psychologically abused, which doesn't show on the outside, but makes it difficult for them to fulfill themselves as strong women deserving of love. Love Claimed shows how a good man can heal a good woman's heart, and win it.
It's nice to read a romance about more mature lovers.
Donda and Jaxon's story is one of redemption and hope, of two people overcoming impossible circumstances to take a chance on love. Both have a history born of pain and suffering, but are able to look beyond their past to move into a mature relationship built on mutual love and respect through honesty and understanding. I love that this story is about second chances and not letting one's past hinder the promise of the future. Mary Crawford has definitely done it again with this Hidden Beauty. Each one of her offerings show a a different heroine who finds there are still men in the world who look beyond the outer shell to find the hidden beauty each possesses. Mrs. Crawford's writing just keeps getting better and better and this book is no exception. Like all of the books in this series, Love Claimed is a stand alone book.