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- Print Length: 354 pages
- Publication Date: October 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074N7GZWT
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For the past 18 months, Hannah has been barely surviving each day since the sudden and unexpected death of her husband. If it weren't for her five year old daughter, Abby, she probably wouldn't even make it out of bed each day. What is the point? The love of her life is gone, and in the blink of an eye, her entire world as she knew it is irreversibly changed. And now her brother in law Wes is back in town, and it is more than she can handle to look at him, listen to him, and not immediately think of late husband.
But the more time Hannah spends with Wes, the easier it becomes to see him, and the less he reminds her of Drew, her late husband. At what point did he become just Wes, a man she loves to spend time with, looks forward to spending time with? A man she's finally getting to know fully without him being in the shadow of his brother. Is that wrong? She feels like it is, the guilt weighing on her. But then the guilt comes less and less, and the more Wes talks about how he's always felt about her, she begins to think that maybe she can open her sheltered heart to the possibility of something more than just a familial relationship.
I absolutely loved getting into Wes' head. Especially when he recalled the past and how he had met Hannah first, the shyness he struggled with, and ultimately how he always put his brother ahead of himself. It tugged at my heart so much to learn all that he had given up and watching from the sidelines as his brother found love with the girl he knew all along was meant to be his. Ugh, no wonder he joined Doctors Without Borders and stayed away for so very long.
Melanie just blew me away with the depth of emotion, the complex story of what many people would consider a taboo subject. A woman falling in love with her dead husband's identical twin? Oh the gossip!! The unnecessary drama caused by nosy people just looking for dirt to spread. Wes and Hannah already feel like they're walking a tightrope of emotions, knowing in their heart of hearts that what they're doing isn't wrong. But can love really be enough to overcome all the obstacles they face? Some of them coming from their own family?
The supporting cast of characters felt like coming home for me, having read about many of them in Melanie's other books. It was wonderful to see Jack and Margot, and Daisy and Pete again. Little Abby just stole my heart, and another character made me want to wring their neck. Actually two characters, but you'll have to discover them for yourself.
This book is filled with a lot of emotions. I ran the gamut of feeling sad, heartbroken, hopeful, happy and a slew of others that totally had me glued to this story to see how it would turn out. The hopeless romantic in me was rooting for love - because love always wins.
Wes has ALWAYS loved Hannah and stepped aside so his brother could have her but he never, ever forgot about her. When he comes back, he starts to spend more and more time with Hannah and you can see the genuine love they have. Now of course because Wes was her dead husband's twin, it throws the tiny town in to a tizzy but Wes REFUSES to give up!
I cannot tell you how many times I cried or laughed at what was going on. This was such a touchy subject and Melanie handled it BEAUTIFULLY!
This is such a wonderful read that I know I will be reading it again and again in the future. Well done Melanie Harlow!!!
I was hooked from the first page until the last as Harlow worked her magic throughout. The characters are deeply real and easy to relate to as we've all experienced some type of loss at some point in our life. The grief that Hannah feels is palpable and at times left me feeling like I was suffering right along side her. Her heartbreak and despair over the loss of her husband slowly morphs into hope and eventually "rebirth" as she begins to move on and open her heart once again to the possibility of love. Wes---sexy, dirty-talking, romantic Wes....this man put aside his own happiness for years while he sat on the sidelines as his brother married the woman of his dreams. He, too goes through a sort of healing process as he faces the losses he has suffered. Together, Wes and Hannah face the greatest challenge---a tough, uphill climb as they move on together in a world where judgmental family and community members make it seem that what they are doing is "wrong" or "immoral". Hannah's adorably sweet daughter Abby brings much needed lightness and humor to balance out the deeper emotional aspects of the story. Her innocence and wide-eyed view of the world and how things should be is refreshing and real. I adored her!
In From This Moment, Melanie Harlow restores faith that finding love after tragedy really is possible. She gives readers hope that from the darkest corners of despair, there is light and if you let that light in, you just may find a new happiness that will overshadow all of the darkness that came before it. There is so much beauty in this story and it's one that will stay with me for a long time. 5 stars just isn't enough for this one!