From This Moment
Book 4, After We Fall
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It was like seeing a ghost.
When my late husband’s twin brother moves back to our small town, I want to avoid him. Everything about Wes reminds me of the man I lost and the life we’d planned together, and after eighteen long months struggling just to get out of bed, I’m finally doing okay. I have a new job, an amazing support group, and a beautiful five-year-old daughter to parent. I don’t want to go backward.
But I’m drawn to him, too. He understands my grief and anger and guilt like no one else—and I understand his. Before long, that understanding becomes desire, and that desire becomes uncontrollable.
He says he doesn't care what people think, and love can never be wrong. But life has taught me its cruelest lesson--love doesn't always win.
If only my heart would believe it.
From This Moment is a heartbreaking story about picking up the pieces following loss and finding the courage to love again. This book is a standalone, but also ties in with the characters and storylines from Man Candy, After We Fall, and If You Were Mine.
The main character, Hannah, is overcoming the sudden death of her husband Drew, and learning how to navigate being a single parent to their daughter Abby. She is sent right back into her pattern of depression when she learns that Wes, Drew's twin brother, has returned to town for good. Seeing him again brings back all the pain of loss and is difficult for her to get past.
Wes is the shy tender version of Hannah's husband. He has his own demons to battle, namely his unresolved feelings for Hannah that he has avoided since Drew beat him to the punch and asked Hannah out for the first time all those years ago. Since then, Wes has kept his distance, but now with Drew gone, and after spending more time with Hannah and Abby, he can't hope to fight the feelings which seem to have been there all a long.
The pain of their situation and the judgment of others results in a gut wrenching push and pull between the characters that will have you rooting for them and break your heart at the same time! Their journey to do what's best for each other and for their families requires sacrifice, and for each to face the ghost of Drew's memory and what they are truly willing to risk to be together. I love the way Melanie built the history of these two, as well as the history of Hannah and Drew, to make this connection as natural as breathing.
Melanie Harlow is always successful at writing true to life character's with real flaws and fears and weaving a story that endears them to you. Hannah and Wes' story was painful but beautiful and I loved watching these characters develop. As a reader, I always appreciate how Melanie wraps her tales in a way that satisfies my curiosity into what happens next for the characters.
Can't say enough good things about this book, this series or this author. Definitely worth the read, but be prepared to complete it in one sitting!
Melanie Harlow is definitely one of my favorite authors. Every book she writes has me so drawn into the story and the characters. Wes and Hannah's story broke my heart, but I rooted for them every step of the way. The details of the story and the emotional turns the story takes are perfect.
From the beginning we feel the anguish that Hannah is going through as she tries to move on from her husband's death and when coming face to face with his identical twin, it's hard to put the past in the past. When she feels something more for Wes than just missing Drew, she struggles with all of her life decisions. This story tugged at my heart. I loved Hannah's daughter Abby, too. Her situations really added to the story and what was going on around her. I loved that Jack from After We Fall was the one giving a lot of advice in this story. Great read!
Heartwrenching love story
I was at a loss of thought when I started this book. I tried to put myself in Hannah's shoes: my deceased husband's twin brother appeared, what would I do? And what would I do if he expressed feelings for me?
That was a question I asked myself through out the whole book and by the end, my answer was: I would follow my heart.
Ms. Harlow took what could be a taboo topic and turned it into a love story of epic proportions.
Reviewed by: Dana D. aka A Book Nerd