Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Sweet Water is an emotional second chance romance between former friends and business partners, Olivia and Hudson. The story begins with a horrendous car accident that leaves Olivia a widow, but not necessarily a grieving one. Her marriage to Jeff was not at all what it was cracked up to be and, throughout the course of the novel, we learn a lot about the dynamics between the trio when they were younger and getting their business off the ground. Today Hudson is a really big deal. A billionaire and a philanthropist that would put Bono to shame, and Olivia is not. By playing the role of dutiful wife, she'd put her dreams on hold, and that is the beauty of Laurie Lewis' storytelling.
My initial impressions of Olivia weren't all that great and, as the story progressed, I felt bad for her, but I still hadn't warmed up to her. But as Sweet Water drew closer to its climax and ending and everything was laid out bare, holy hell did I feel for the woman. And in fact the most impressive skill that Laurie Lewis showed throughout this novel is character development. Each member of the threesome, even the long-gone Jeff, was redeemed at the end. Instead of holding onto grudges and what ifs, everyone simply takes the past for what it was and vows to do better. That's the story of our lives, learning from the past without letting it completely define our future, and that's why Sweet Water had me smiling like a lovesick fool at times, crying at others, and cursing the younger versions of Olivia and Hudson. All in all, this was a surprisingly good read and I'd love to read more of the Destination Billionaire series.