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Emotional, beautiful, hopeful
on April 29, 2016
Wow. I don't usually go for contemporary romance, but I'd read good things about Sarah Mayberry so I decided to give her a try. This book, about two people dealing with grief and moving on, was just beautiful. Deeply emotional and yet hopeful. I cried-- four times. The characters and the conflict seemed real, you can understand where they're coming from, why they're scared of admitting to their feelings. And can I just say, it was SO refreshing to read about a hero who loved his wife, who loves his kids, and who is just a nice (if grieving) guy. Michael's fundamental decency was totally sexy. Angie was very sympathetic too: quiet, but also warm and caring with a lot to give. They worked really well as a couple-- it wasn't just about attraction, they had a real connection. You really wanted them to be together.
I don't think Mayberry writes epilogues a la Julia Quinn and the Bridgertons, but oh how I would love one for this book. The ending was romantic and hopeful, but also a wee bit too short. As they themselves realized, Michael and Angie were definitely going to face some challenges: raised eyebrows from friends and family, growing pains with each other. My hope (however far-fetched!) is that Mayberry will write a short story that narrates how they Angie and Michael navigate the emotional terrain around one of these challenges. I'm sure she could make it emotionally compelling and sexy and romantic.
Anyways, if her other books are even half as good as this one, I'll be going on a Sarah Mayberry binge!