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Safe With Me (The Wildham Series) Paperback – 22 Jun 2017
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About the Author
Previously having worked as a collage artist, sculptor, prop maker, and garden designer, Grace Lowrie's first love has always been writing.
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They grow up leading separate lives but never forgetting one another. Kat becomes Rina, who has a troubled childhood which we learn more about as the story progresses. To escape her life on the streets, she marries a brute of a man who is violent and disrespectful to her. Kat spends her days and nights slogging away in her husband’s greasy spoon. Meanwhile he goes about his criminal activities. Jamie becomes James. He does well for himself, despite the heartbreak of his mum passing away at an early age.
We know that when Jamie and Kat meet years later they have a shared history. We have to wait and watch the revelation unfold for them. The revelation itself was clever and unexpected. It’s lovely watching Kat and Jamie realise they have come into each others lives again. As they discover more about about each other, there are complications aplenty. Some of which could destroy them. There’s Vic, Kat’s husband. Jasmine, Jamies’ snobby and self-important actress girlfriend. Vic and Jasmine cause pain and heartache for our protagonists. We have to watch it all unravel whilst rooting for them.
The strong bond that Kat and Jamie shared as children is unbreakable. Kat looked after Jamie growing up. As an adult, Kat is a shadow of her former self. Despite being with her husband, when those she loves get hurt, her protective streak comes out. Each of the characters grows in strength as they find each other again. They bring out the best in each other and that can only be a good thing.
There were plenty of twists in the book, each one making my eyes widen. One of them even had my hand reaching for my open mouth, followed by my cry of ’Noooooo!’ (Yes – it was THAT good.) A devastating revelation threatens to ruin Kat and Jamie’s lives forever. They must seek out the truth if their special bond is to survive.
I’m not a fan of books where the viewpoint keeps changing. It does work well here though. The chapters alternate between Jamie and Kat. It’s clear from the start and throughout each chapter who the narrator is. It gives us more of an insight into the characters and how they feel.
The only thing I have a slight niggle with is the Vic situation. I won’t say more as I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but a better resolution is needed. It is dealt with too quick.
The writing is superb and the suspense keeps you gripped. The author submerges you so deep into these characters’ lives so that when they hurt, you hurt. When they cry, you cry. When they cheer, you cheer. It’s a wonderful engaging story. I had no idea how this story would progress and end, which is a sign of a well executed piece of writing.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Kat and Jamie both grew up in the foster care system, two abandoned children who found each other and provided each other with much-needed love. But when Jamie finds a loving adoptive family, Kat is left alone and bereft. Fast-forward to their adult lives and they could not be more different. Jamie has a successful career and a glamorous girlfriend, and a loving family, but when his dad passes, he is left alone in this world and finds himself pondering on the girl who was there for him all those years ago.
Kat's life went from bad to worse after she married young to escape the horrors of living on the streets but ended up in a completely different type of hell, with a husband who abuses her daily and works her to the bone. Unsure of how she could ever escape this prison, she has never forgotten the little boy whom she always protected, and wonders what his life is like now.
If only there was some way for them to meet...
SAFE WITH ME by Grace Lowrie has compelling characters, an excellent plot that is both harshly realistic and heartwarmingly optimistic at the same time. My heart broke for Kat and I yearned for her to break free and I desperately wanted Jamie to find that special love that would enable him to take down his barriers. The story is relatively evenly-paced but has some prolonged, more descriptive moments in the later parts of the novel, which may slow it down a little too much for some readers, but which really worked for me.
SAFE WITH ME by Grace Lowrie is an enjoyable read with plenty of drama and romance to keep you entertained from beginning to end.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher