Samantha Higgins never thought driving her husband’s car would forever change her life. But one conversation later, heard through his Bluetooth, and Samantha is changing her last name. While trying to figure out who Samantha Decker is, she writes what she thinks is one final post on her blog, announcing her divorce. W
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it was amazing
I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it! I absolutely LOVED Sam and her story! I adore the way Sam is able to use a bit of humor and words to soften her pain and in doing so, support a lot of other women who have gone through something similar. She is a character who isn’t going to back down from her choices, even when it might be easier to do so, but is going to stay strong and create a new path for herself and her son. There were some situations that Sam found herself in that would have made
Sam’s relationships are truly what captured my heart in this book. She is so close with those who mean the world to her, even when the ties could be cut, and they’re not all selfish relationships. She gives as much as she takes and I honestly felt like I was one of her closest friends. I want to be her best friend! Her family is hilarious and her Mimsy had me rolling on the floor.
As for the romance? This one is a slow burn and that right there, grabbed me. She has a lot of doubts and insecurities, but the chemistry is present and smoldering. There’s no rebound relationships for her and I fell for another book boyfriend, right along with Sam. Who could resist the charm and sweetness of Reed?! He is perfection and his ideas of showing her how he feels, especially in the grocery store, set the butterflies a-fluttering.
I could NOT put this book down and had a lump in my throat when all was said and done. Although I was completely satisfied, I need more; I’m not ready to let go of these people yet and it sounds like I won’t have to (hint: Book 1). I’m seriously wondering if Jennifer Peel is magic because I feel this way about every single book she writes–I emotionally connect and I do NOT want to let go.
Content: mild language; mild-moderate romance (kissing; talk of infidelity; innuendo; sex talk, but nothing at all graphic).
*I received a copy, which had no influence on my thoughts. All opinions are my own.*
Loved this one!! And really that should come as no surprise to anyone since I have loved everything Jennifer Peel has written.
This was another book that kept me up way too late because I could not put it down. There was no point in doing anything else until I finished it so I pled exhaustion so I could climb into bed at 7 last night to read it. There was no sleep for me until I finished shortly before midnight.
Reed is definitely swoon worthy and so perfect he’s almost too good to be true. Ther
it was amazing
Raw and honest are the words I’d use to describe this book. Divorce isn’t a theme I generally enjoy in a book, but the author skillfully wove in a new relationship with fun romance while also focusing more on Samantha finding herself after being redefined by her new status of single. There is angst and grief over her loss, but I loved her attitude of looking forward and exploring how she wants her life, personality, and priorities to shift. Her family is hilarious and while the Sunday dinners ar
Reed came into the picture immediately after her divorce finalizes, and his childhood background with Samantha provided a foundation that made their developing friendship in the midst of her personal drama work. I loved how she didn’t pick up on his attraction to her and his subsequent frustration, it brought humor with the awkwardness and embarrassment, especially when she unwillingly realized how much chemistry they had. And boy did they have chemistry! Reed’s pursuit of Samantha made him endearing and I loved the creativity of their “clandestine” dates.
Samantha’s voice brought a wry humor throughout the book that’s part sassy and part snarky and part self-deprecation. That humor also made the exploding popularity of her brutally honest blog posts believable, and the therapeutic outlet gave her a confidence boost as well as a new direction to pursue. I loved that her number one priority remained the happiness of her teenage son, and I admired the relationship she had with him- expressing that love without being too overbearing, and being his anchor through the disinterest and betrayal of his father.
Overall I think this book isn’t about being single or divorced- it’s about the feelings that inevitably come during change and transition, about self-care and not losing oneself in an unbalanced relationship, about rediscovery and redefining. It made me evaluate my own life and think about if the things I spend my time doing are worthwhile, productive, and bring joy. Highly recommend!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)