What did I like about this story; "let me count the ways". I liked the way the story started, the way Haley and Stephen interacted with each other (the hospital scene during her delivery was so good), the funny John Wayne quotes near the end of the book and the John Wayne movies throughout, the way the author portrayed the very real effects that divorce can have upon a family and also the way it showed the importance of reconciling with loved ones before it is too late. I also appreciated the spiritual emphasis that was inter-weaved throughout the story This story had it all and I thoroughly enjoyed myself all the way through.
Haley is trying to get her life back together after her husband was killed in Afghanistan, right before she had a chance to tell him she was expecting a child. Sam Ames thought his life was on the right track with a good job and the anticipation of proposing to his girlfriend. But things fall apart for him quickly and then he gets the phone call that his mirror twin brother was killed in Afghanistan. Now he finds himself looking up Haley to get to know more about his brother's life, as they parted 12 years ago and never kept in touch. When Haley sees Sam on her doorstep she thinks she is seeing her husband who she thought had died. Their first meeting was quite comical I thought as Haley knows how to handle a gun and was never told that her late husband had a twin brother. "As Haley and Stephen struggle to navigate their fragile relationship, they are inexorably drawn to each other."
The author, Beth K. Vogt, hit a home run with this story. It brought a smile to my face at times, outright laughter at others, but sadness and tears too. It is so important to forgive and be reconciled to those we love as we never know what will happen tomorrow. And divorce really does have lasting effects upon the children. Great job Beth Vogt! Keep up the good work!
I was given this complimentary copy by Howard Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Howard Books (May 13, 2014)