Genres: romance, contemporary, chick-lit, women’s fiction
Published by Ballantine Books
Release date: February 23rd, 2016
I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is my first time reading a Debbie Macomber book. I’m late to the party and I know it while I have seen her movies on Hallmark during the holiday seasons I’ve never actually read her books. Nor have I read any contemporary romances that weren’t a young adult, so this was an experience for me to say the least.
Leanne and Nichole are mother in law and daughter in law, they are close and bonded by the fact their husbands have been consistently unfaithful and they are newly divorced. They’re close, as in live in the same apartment complex and live across the hall from one another. It’s been two years since Nichole hasn’t lived with her estranged husband and she’s still wishy washy.
This book is told in first person in the perspectives of Leanne and Nichole so you get a feel of how they are bonded to one another as well as how their lives affect one another. Once the men they meet come onto the scene their lives are filled with turmoil, questions and more drama than what they perhaps thought would come their way.
Each woman seems to grow, even though I wasn’t keen on Nikolai, Leanne’s counterpart – because he could be too controlling at times and used his emotions to manipulate Leanne, it did, however, make her grow as a person. Rocco and Nichole’s relationship made me smile, but he seemed a little distant, too distant.. and when it came to each relationship I wasn’t able to connect but I could connect with their overall emotional dismay at their situations.
Overall, it was a decent book and quick read. It was cute, but nothing substantial.