My rating: 4 of 5 stars
★★★★ & a half ★
Edie and Stuart were such an amazing and touching couple to read. I absolutely loved and adored Stuart and he's made a spot onto my Top 10 heroes list! The depth of his emotions and his patient and tender way of treating Edie after her horrific past is truly some of the best emotional reads I've had in a very very long time and which caused me to cry tears while on the treadmill at the gym. Well done Ms. Guhrke. I'm so happy that I picked up this book as its been quite some time since I've read Laura Lee Guhrke and its brought her back to the forefront. She's a reliable good read every time.
This story is a marriage-of-convenience-finds-love plus reconciliation story, if that makes sense, and I love those. I must figure out a label for these books as they are a favorite theme of mine. A similar book in this category that is amazing is Private Arrangements. Edie and Stuart both seem to marry one another out of necessity only, but we come to find out slowly that its much much more for Stuart and quite possibly Edie as well. However they have a very serious obstacle to overcome and a sensitive issue to address. The way that Laura Lee Guhrke writes the story and the way that Stuart handles the minefield is utterly amazing and so very touching. I could literally feel the love and pain going through that man and it made me love him and this book. My only complaint and the reason for the half star deduction is the ending felt like it wrapped up just a little bit too suddenly and neatly. I yearned for more for the ending with this book, though I just didn't want it to end. I did read this one out of order, but you will not find it impacts your enjoyment of the book at all. Definitely take a chance on Ms. Guhrke with this book if you haven't before, I don't believe you'll be disappointed.
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