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Wow. This is such a well written book. As a child that grew up in a family with domestic abuse, it's almost cathartic at times, as strange that may sound. At times, though, the authors make me cringe. It's obvious they either have never experience what they are writing or haven't done their homework. This author hit it on the head. The feelings that Joy exhibits at a child are right on. Happy that her mom is letting her "get away" with something and guilt when they get caught. Her actions as an adult further show this author's homework was well done - the trust issues, the forced isolation, the burning need to help others in the same situation, etc. I think this was the stand out for me for this book. How true it felt. I kept reminding myself that it was NOT a memoir. It was fiction.
The story is sweet, but very very predictable. This isn't a mystery and the author pretty much guides you where she's going. In some ways I kind of was hoping for some sort of shift there so that it didn't go how it was obviously heading, you know?
I saw a few grammar/spelling errors, but nothing too awful terrible. If there were others, I was entirely too wrapped up in the story to care - which I suppose is the whole point anyway.
The author handles the subject of domestic abuse well, nothing is too graphic, but it's graphic enough to feel real and make you follow the storyline. None of it is gratuitous and the vast majority of the story takes place once the main character is an adult and revolves around her life today. And, yes, it's a romance.
It's really sad that this book has this cover - I'm not sure what it should have been, but this one makes it fade into the background of other books - it really deserves something that reaches out and grabs the reader. Let's face it, we all pretty much judge books by their cover.
I would highly recommend this book to those that enjoy women's fiction with a warning that it does have some tough subject matter, but is mostly an uplifting (yet not religious) story of hope --- and of joy.
Then along comes Gabe who had grown up near her but never really knew her that well. Gabe was a sweetheart. There were no long drawn-out conflicts or misunderstandings--a definite plus in my opinion. I don't care much for romances where the whole book is full of couples arguing or not understanding what the other person meant, and sadly, I see this too much in romance books. This was not that kind of romance. The author gave me time to care about the couple before they confessed their feelings for each other. When the couple had their misunderstanding, it was resolved quickly.
Overall, this was a heartwarming book. I wanted a happy ending after all Joy had been through, and I wasn't disappointed.
Joy was a great character, she grew in the story like all heroines should, and I didn't once want to slap her character silly.
Gabe was also a great character, nice hero, and I also didn't once want to slap him silly! (His sisters were a whole different story:')
There was just enough pathos in the story that my husband had to bring over the tissue because I wouldn't stop reading and put down my Kindle... Don't get me wrong, just because I'm a weeper doesn't mean that this isn't a wonderful story. As we get closer to the holidays I will probably re-read it.
There's nothing like the girl/boy next door to make you take a deep, romantic breath!