Maggie Jane Schuler
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My life was perfect. I’d had it all: a doting husband, a career on the rise, and great kids. When all that comes down around me—when I lose the one person I need— it feels like my world has been swirling around the edges of a black hole. A never-ending despair that is consuming me. The vows I had made to him still haunt me, still feel as fresh as the day I’d spoken those words. But he’s gone and I don’t know how to move on. I’m not even sure I could.
Until… I meet him.
I was happy. So happy. There was nothing more that a man could ask for. I had the kind of fairy tale that few get. I worked hard and played hard, but my family always came first. But when it all crumbled around me, I didn’t know how to carry on without the love of my life at my side. They say, ‘till death do us part’. I just never thought she’d go before me. Now, all I do is exist because I must, and my children need me. But some days, I can’t push past the pain and misery. Sometimes, I don’t know what the hell I’m supposed to do.
Then she comes crashing into my life. And in that instant, I know… My life will never be the same again.
Wow! What an emotional ride! Loved it!
Wow! What an emotional roller coaster! I normally don’t do sad books and when I started reading this, I thought uh oh what the heck did I get myself into, but I pulled up my big girl panties and powered through. I was so drawn in by this book and went through so many feels that my heart clenched and my stomach tingled.
There is deep to the bottom of your soul sorrow. Jenna and Chase both deeply loved their spouses and it left them devastated, but both being single parents, they had to push on living their lives. They go through profound grief, anger, and felt emptiness. My heart hurt for them.
They were just going through the motions and they knew that their children needed more than that. They needed more than that. They needed to learn how to live again. But how?
By chance, they are brought together through a business meeting. They both felt that electric zing when they touched after Jenna caught her heel on the carpet and Chase caught her. They both felt extreme guilt for finding the other attractive.
This book really touches all aspects that a single parent of three children under the age of four goes through. Both had careers. Both had sets of twins. Jenna had twin boys that were a year old and a darling precocious three-year-old daughter. Chase had rambunctious three-year-old twin boys and an eight-month-old daughter.
Chase is an amazing man. He realizes he may be ready to move on when he meets Jenna. He wants to pursue a relationship with her. Jenna is hesitant and puts up barriers until Chase can talk her off the ledge. It was beautiful watch as their relationship developed. Jenna was a great heroine. She was strong even though she felt she was weak. She loved her children fiercely.
There is a lot that goes on in this story. There’s sadness, but it also was funny at times, the banter, the secondary characters and the everyday life things that happen to families. There are twists that you don’t see coming that just gets you in the gut. Characters are finding out that their lives were not as they thought. Lies and betrayal come to light.
I don’t want to give away what happens as I want you to read this well written touching book. I was surprised that this is a debut novel for this author as she did a great job of creating this story and its great cast of characters. I truly look forward to reading more of her work.
I highly recommend you give this book a try!