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I hadn’t read any of Jackie’s books til she contacted me after reading my review of a fellow authors’ books that were similar standalone romance. I loved the first one I read, Eye of the Beholder, so eagerly moved on to the second. And I wasn’t disappointed. Jackies’ books are something different from the romance novels currently flooding the kindle market – they are romance but with a good back story, with some sensual sex scenes that fit the plot, and each with that definitive extra that makes a five star read for me. They’re not about teens – fun though they are I want to read older people finding romance too, sometimes I think most authors write as if anyone over 21 can’t enjoy a romantic fling or find love. Jackies’ books ( the two I’ve read so far anyway ) feature older people. This time it’s Fletcher who’s in his late 30’s and Cleo who I think was around 30.
the characters in this book are great, Cleo, repressed all her life by her grandmother who she lived with along with her single mother. Her mum died young, and grandmother then raised her. She blamed Cleo’s mum for having her unmarried, called it sinful and brought Cleo up to regard anything faintly sexual as sinful, and to be avoided at all costs. Cleo escaped into a marriage that didn’t work out, she wanted escape her gran, he was looking for cover for his sexuality. She felt she’d failed, and after the divorce was once again escaping when her gran died, avoiding facing up to the reality of her life. She was travelling in a camper van, taking photos and writing articles for publication and on a whim turns onto a small fishing camp and meets Fletcher and his family….Read more ›
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Now at 30 Cleo is traveling in a camper and writing nature stories for children's school books. She ends up in Georgia where she meets confirmed bachelor Fletcher and 11 year old Katie- and Katie is dying from cancer...
Katie knows she's dying and her strength and purpose crack open the wounded heart Cleo has. Fletcher is already in love with her but the past just has her under its control- but experiencing Katie and learning love can be good from Fletcher breaks Cleo free....to love and be loved.
This book brought me to tears but it was uplifting too. Katie made lists of people to tell hello to when she got to Heaven and insisted on having holes in the back of her dress for her angel wings....beautiful story...
Cleo is sweet, kind and a wonderful lady who has issues with trust, love and a past that hunts her. Fletcher is kind of a cocky southern man who really I felt was misunderstood for the most part. He wrote a book as a joke but the joke was on him. He has women falling all over him trying to change his ways and his mind. That is until Cleo no women had told him NO. He really had women chasing him and his ego might have gotten a little to big but Cleo sure did bring it down a peg or two.
I really liked all the character from his friends who I thought was funny to Big Mama was the funniest character. I had a few minor issues with this book but the biggest one I had was Cleo hearing voice and talking to them. It was almost like she had a split personality, I just had issues with it in this plot, I didn’t feel like it went with the story. Had it just been her grandmother she was talking to I would have bought that. I am giving this book a 3.5 star. I did really enjoy this first book from this author and do plan on reading more from her.
Cleo is a damaged soul ... damaged by those who were supposed to love her and support her. Fletcher, in his own way, is also a damaged soul, but that damage is less visible and a bit less serious. They meet serendipitously ... or was it fated to be? That it takes Cleo a long time to become comfortable with Fletcher’s attentions, all the while picking at her memories like one who has a scabbed mosquito bite, was frustrating.
The secondary characters, who are really also primary characters, provide so much flesh and blood to the heart and soul of this book. Big Mama ... feisty and a survivor; Ward and Marilyn ... living with the knowledge that their sweet little girl is doomed to die; Magda and Ralph ... filling out the cast of excellently written characters.
But it’s Katie ... dear, sweet, aggravating, intelligent Katie who is, really, the pivot point of this entire book. She made me laugh; she made me groan; and I could hardly finish reading because of the volume of tears. Her faith ... her strong conviction of where she was going and whom she would meet simply knocked me for a loop.
This book is filled with romance ... the scenes of Cleo and Fletcher interacting were written with taste and restraint, and yet, there was no doubt in this reader’s mind of what was happening. I believe one doesn’t have to dot all the i’s nor cross all the t’s when describing a sex scene, and this book is an excellent example of letting one’s imagination fill in the blanks.
I urge you to get this book and set aside some quality time to savor Ms. Weger’s prose. Oh, yes ... have some Kleenex ready, ‘cause you’ll need it. And you’ll be smiling, too.