- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 905 KB
- Print Length: 181 pages
- Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 Sept. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01J2YWMVO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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From having a quick read through the other reviews on here (just page 1), I'm certain that I'll be going against the grain with my review here. So please bear with me.
I want to start by saying that I have read many many ARC books, in various genres and of course some I enjoyed more than others. But even in the cases where I just can't click with a book, I will persevere and finish it because I wanted to review the publication as a whole. And I'm sorry to say that I just couldn't do that with this book. I struggled through 40% of the book, willing it to hurry up or end, before eventually giving up. And I have never done that before so I know that I really didn't like this book.
I'm certain that Lea Darragh is a talented writer because the way that the characters spoke was very beautifully written. But completely damaged their authenticity as real people to me. Jack and Emmy spoke like poets, yet they were a chef and and interior designer (respectively). And they both spoke in the same way. In fact most of the characters had a similar way of speaking so they weren't unique or realistic to me. And so I couldn't bond with them at any point. Because every time one of them said something "artistic" I was reminded that it was a book, written by an author with a real flair for beautiful language. But the characters lacked individuality and authenticity.
I feel really disappointed that I couldn't bring myself to read any further but it just wasn't right for me. And the disappointment was not because I didn't get to find out what happened, I really don't mind not knowing, but it's more that I could only review 40% of the book.
I would still be interested in trying another book by Lea because she really does have a talent with her words, but I don't think every character should share in that talent.
Emerson has been grieving the loss of her fiancé Ethan for a hard 18 months when along comes Jack, the cause of her loss. Thrown together through circumstance, their growing attraction throws up many questions and forces both of them to deal with their grief.
It is beautifully written, the descriptions of grief and all that comes with it is so heartfelt and true to life. The idea and the physical and emotional act of moving on with life after a loved ones death is tackled honestly and comes across as moving and powerful.
‘Most of my life I teetered on the edge of a cliff. Now, since Ethan, I hung by my fingernails, becoming exhausted by all of the things that seemed hell-bent on pushing me over. I could fall. Let out a last breath and relax my fingers away from the cliff’s edge. I could hurtle into the darkness that was hell bent on taking me. Or, I could keep focus on the light above me. The hand that reached down—I could take it.’
If you enjoy reading Nicholas Sparks novels then you’ll love this. It’s a true love story with an honesty about it that’ll bring you to your knees.
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Though the idea of the story was very realistic and this tragedy may be an everyday occurrence, it was the forgiveness and moving on with life that was touching.
The story of Emerson and Jack starts 18months after Emerson's life is turned upside down, but it wasn't until she met Jack that her life started to move forward. But how do you move forward with the one who took it all away?
I loved Jacks character, I love the remorse, the feelings and his overall personality.
Emerson was a strong woman, her strength to overcome and move forward was well done.
Together though they may have worked as a couple, I found them lacking something. Maybe it seemed there relationship seemed rushed in places and slow in others.
I enjoyed watching there relationship grow but then it seemed they were moving forward rapidly. I loved the slow build up and would have loved to see more of that growing. Some times I was left confused. Lost in who was saying what, this may have just been the formatting at an early stage.
Find out in Lea Darragh's new Aussie Fiction novel "This Love".
I have never read anything by Lea Darragh before, however, I assure you that this is just the beginning of my reading her novels. This was such an incredible novel that I can’t say enough about it. I should probably start with Emerson, but I can’t… Jack… What can I say about Jack except he is the most adorable, yummy, cute, romantic, honest character ever! Although he’s struggling with enormous feelings of loss and guilt in his life, his quiet charm just pulls you in immediately. Honestly, I just wanted to throw my arms around him from the beginning and assure him that everything will be ok. I loved Emerson also, especially once she started getting her groove back. At first I thought that 18 months was a long time for everyone to still be treating her with kid gloves, but quickly realized that by the time the novel is really starting, she is reaching the point where she is ready to let go and move on, leading to conflicted feelings of confusion and guilt as if she shouldn’t be allowed to move on with her life since Ethan died. Something I admired about Emerson was once she made up her mind to forgive and let go, she didn’t allow anyone else to influence her state of mind. She decided that she wanted and deserved happiness, despite Adam wanting her to either hang on to Ethan’s ghost or be with him. There were times I was frustrated with her and Jack because I really wanted them to be happy and in love, but overall, I loved both characters.
“This Love” is a very quick read and I was very disappointed when it ended because I wanted their story to keep going. Darragh’s writing style flows well and immediately draws you into this story. Her descriptions of the pain each of them feel, their moments together, and of their ocean backdrop will blow you away making you feel as if you’re watching a movie rather than reading.
*I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
4 forgiving stars!
This Love is heartbreaking, angsty, and intensely hot. It is a story about forgiving and being forgiven to fully fall in love.
I think the story have a unique plot in the way it brings the villain-to-hero arc to Jack's character although I didn't really think he is a villain at first. I mean I know he is generally a good person and him being a villain was an accident but it happened and I've found myself rooting for him to forgive himself even after Emmy has forgive him.
I am also drawn to Emmy and Jack's love story as I love how they have this same wavelength that only they know how each other is badly grieving and how desperately they search for something to move beyond that phase. It is so beautiful how they found each other in the midst of all that.
Things that makes my heart flutter:
(or in other words, Things that I love about the book)
1. I love how despite everything that happened to Emmy in the past with Jack, she still could find it in her to forgive him and helps him to finally let the past go. It think it is an interesting healing process and it is really believable.
2. That scene at the bed and breakfast is brilliantly written. I like how Jake and Emmy talked about what happened in the past and then really have to struggle their affection towards each other. I love how their their romance were not being forced at that moment and it is also when I can see the glimpse that they could be great together.
3. That first kiss at Emmy's cottage after Adam has left and Jake suddenly came back to her. I was glad that we readers have to wait for awhile for their first kiss but the anticipation is one of the many things that I've enjoyed.
Things that gives me heart attack:
(or in other words, Things that I can live without from the book)
Adam! I know every story perhaps need an antagonist but he really infuriates me. I don't know really know if he really is attracted to Emmy or he feels like he have to honor his late brother either way he makes me cringe every single time when he shows his interest to be with her. And I understand his anger towards Jake but it feels too much but then, I'm glad towards the end he (seems to) finally came to his senses.
Overall I think This Love have a good premise and the book managed to deliver it well. This book is totally suitable to the romance lover who love angsty love story and wants to skewed away from the sweet and fluffy romance.
While in Cobbler's Cove, she meets Aubrey and Finn, who are planning to open a new restaurant with a star chef. They have ask Emmy to design the restaurant for them. As the renovations are winding down, the new chef arrives. He is none other than Jack Archer, the man who caused her finance's death. She has a very difficult time being around him at first, but she glimpses the pain that he carries because of the responsibility for Ethan's death that he can't leave behind. He feels guilty and unworthy of forgiveness. As Emmy spends more time with him she sees how broken and sorrowful he is about what he did to cause to Ethan's death. She begins to forgive him and as she does, she begins to have feelings for him which are confusing to her.
Adam can't accept that she could possibly forgive Jack and can't seem to come to grips with losing her, even though he never really had her to begin with.
This is quite an emotional read. There were times when the grief was almost palpable between the characters. It is a beautifully told story of forgiveness and the power of love to change people. I didn't really enjoy reading the graphic description of the sex scenes or the foul language that peppered the book, however.
I was give a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.