- File Size: 1917 KB
- Print Length: 292 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Cristin Cooper (April 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WH6L8YC
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,825 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Love You, Always: Always Series Book 1 Kindle Edition
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In truth, I found this book a bit hard to read due to its unflinching portrayal of Anna. Grief isn't pretty and "moving on" is easy to say but difficult to do. Like anyone else, she has good days and bad days, and it sometimes seems that she takes one step forward, then two steps back. She struggles to hold herself together and to bring up her three children alone -- Nate, 16, Claire, 12, and Jakey, 2. The children also all struggle with the loss of their father in their own way, which impacts their relationship with Anna and throws her into further frustration, confusion, fear, doubt, and grief.
Eighteen months after Ryan's death, Anna enrolls in college and that brings two special men into her life. However, she isn't ready to let Ryan go or to start something new with another man -- so, as I said, she keeps moving forward, then stepping back, and it was frustrating even though I knew it was also very true to life. The two guys are not well developed, they feel one-dimensional and merely serve as props to showcase Anna's growth process. They are both stellar upstanding good men who don't seem to have a single flaw or weakness. This was where the story lost substance, because I kept thinking that they were too good. And, as all the focus is on Anna's grief and inner confusion, other aspects of her personality are not highlighted, so it's hard to see what attracts both men to her so strongly that they would still pursue her even though they know she's not completely over the loss of her husband. In that sense, Anna is also a one-dimensional character; she is pigeonholed into the role of "the grieving widow" throughout the book.
I would say that this book is not for everyone, due to the slightly depressing subject matter. I personally prefer my romance fiction to be more "feel-good". However, if you like a lot of realism in your fiction, then this book is for you.
Chapter One opens eighteen months later. The rest of the book dealt with Anna's successful efforts to overcome grief, eventually seek therapy, open her heart to love again and help her children deal with their loss of their father. To me, it was very realistic. I cried many times over Anna's struggles and was satisfied with her HEA.
Would definitely read the whole series, can't wait