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If you've read the blurb for Please Release Me, you already have some idea of the situation. While many romance novels can be expected to end on, or at least near, a wedding day, that's where this one begins: a perfect day, a beautiful and happy bride, a handsome new husband who's obviously head-over-heels in love, and only one small flaw – an uninvited guest. But Sally, the bride, takes care of that flaw in short order, and it's time for the honeymoon to begin. But at that point all expectations fly out the window in high-speed traffic on a crowded highway. There's an accident. Sally is badly injured and put into a medically-induced coma. She doesn't come out of the coma.
Anything else I could say about the plot would be a big spoiler, so I'll leave it there, except to say that, by way of a strange (but still plausible and quite convincing) turn of events, Sally remains a central character. She acts and interacts, her actions influence the other characters, and they influence her. Meanwhile, as I learned more about them all, I was truly hooked and drawn in by the developing story and its romantic/friendship triangle.
I love all the surprises in this book.Read more ›
Sally Cummings dream is finally coming true...she is getting married to Peter, the love of her life. On the wedding day, something horrific happens, and Sally ends up in a coma and is placed in hospice. Peter is the perfect husband, and visits Sally every day. He sits with her, talks to her, reads to her, and continues to hope that she will come out of her coma. Whether it is guilt or devotion driving him, he never gives up on her.
Grace has lost her parents, and goes to hospice every day to visit a friend of her mother. She is basically a lost soul in some respects. When she meets Peter, they become a kind of support for one another, as well as a comfort to one another.
Sally may be in a coma, but yet she hears the voices talking to her. She would give anything to be able to talk, but she can't seem to pull herself out of the coma. Then one night, a stormy night, something happens that changes everything.
I had a hard time writing this review, especially since I didn't want to give away too much of the story. This is truly an amazing story. It is beautifully written and brilliantly executed. The author writes in vivid detail and brings the story to life. The characters are complex and well-developed. It is a story that will make you think about things in life. The creative way in which the author tells this story is definitely unique. You can't help but to root for the characters, and you become personally involved in seeing how this story plays out. As the story unfolds, there are characters you love, and ones you end up not liking so much.Read more ›
I will say this even after finishing this book I am wondering which of the three main characters the title is speaking for. I know the easy answer but all three seem to me to be needing to be released in some way.
Lastly like the Dickens’ novel, Tale of Two Cities, which one of the characters tries to quote even the unlikable character becomes better in the end so that you can’t help but like her too. Masterful how the author pulls this off.
Please Release Me is one of the best books I have read this year! First book by Rhonda Baxter I have read but very definitely not the last.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.
The idea behind this story is unique. A ghost story without a true ghost. At times it becomes slightly light-hearted, although not especially funny. The inner workings of the minds of Peter, Sally and Grace show the anguish, jealousy, anger and restraint with remarkable clarity. Peter wants to become closer to Grace, but reminds himself he is married, even if his wife might never recover. Grace feels guilt at the possibility of becoming the “other woman”. Sally… well, the woman/spirit is unique. Determined not to lose her husband she puts all obstacles in the way.
The story has just the right amount of conflict, love and remorse and these all come together to make a wonderful read. A bit slow to start, but I am so glad I persevered as the tale opened like a flower’s petals revealing a richness of characters and plot which are seldom found in a contemporary romance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rhoda Baxter delivers a uniquely mature story. In the world of chic lit, there is often a surprising lack of depth to the storytelling. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mamamovies
A sensitive novel of a newly married couple who have a car accident on their wedding day and the bride ends up in a coma. Read morePublished 1 month ago by c s
This is a great story and its very entertaining , unusual and very descriptive. Sally is a ghost. She is not dead but in a coma. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan D.
This is a well-written story tackling a difficult subject and the author obviously did her research well. and made me want to read more of her work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Angela S. Britnell
I applaud the author for creating such a delightfully different but totally engaging romantic story, with great male and female leads in Peter and Grace. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MrsRave
This is a very different sort of romance book and Rhoda Baxter makes it work. I never thought you could throw a coma, a gambling addiction, a love triangle and a vengeful, sweary,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Faye Armstrong
This book had me hooked from the outset. The circumstances behind the car crash that causes Sally’s coma, and the secrets that are gradually revealed, make this a gripping read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ces
A bride and groom’s wedding day rarely goes according to plan. The car might be late, the food at the reception a little cold. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Booklover
Please Release Me is a contemporary romance with a paranormal element from ChocLit author Rhoda Baxter. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Roses are Amber