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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blog Tour: Summer of Two Wishes

Let me thank Sarah at Simon and Schuster for allowing me to participate in this blog tour!

Whose wife was she?
Macy Lockhart's life shattered in a moment with the news that her husband, Finn -- serving in the military overseas -- has been killed in the line of duty. Their ardent and devoted marriage is over, leaving Macy alone, empty, directionless. But while she tries to sustain herself with memories of Finn, the quiet, strong man who made her and their small Texas ranch the center of his life, it is wealthy Wyatt Clark who slowly brings joy back into her life. Her love for Wyatt may be less romantic than the breathless passion she'd once shared with Finn, but she vows to cherish him, and their marriage is happy and as solid as a rock. Until the day that Finn, miraculously spared from death, returns home to claim his bride....

My review

I can't imagine what I would do given what Macy had to face in this one. To first find out that your husband was killed, to get over that loss enough to fall in love and remarry, then to find out that your first husband was still alive.... Not something I ever want to experience, but it makes for a very emotional story. That's for sure.

This is an easy book to get lost in. 400 pages just seemed to fly by. Everything Macy, Wyatt and Finn go through is heart wrenching. It took me no time to connect with the characters and I was right there with them from the very beginning. The story seems so real that when Macy cried I thought I was going to start bawling. The decisions she's forced to make and the turmoil she goes through trying to make them really tugged at me.

The story takes place in Texas, and London does a great job of writing so that you can hear the drawl in what is being said. I felt like I was down in Texas. London leaves a lot of the detail up to the imagination. There was very little descriptions; enough so that you got an idea of what people looked like and where they were but not too much to detract from the story.

I was captivated by this one and read it in two sittings. I found I just didn't want to put it down. I don't know what decision I would have made, but as Macy sifts through her emotions to decide what she wants I understood her logic and why she did what she did. It made me feel like I was making the decision with her.

Touching, sad, happy, romantic, and passionate; an emotional roller coaster worth riding!


Cathy said...

Nice review - this sounds like an interesting story - I too could not imagine being in that situation.

Anonymous said...

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While still 'uncommon', I bet things like this happened more frequently during wars of the 19th century when record keeping and identification were 'iffy'.
This would be such a terrible situation to find oneself in, how would you 'know' what to do?
Anyway, it sure sounds like a compelling story and thanks for the heads up :)

Armenia said...

Nice review. I've been blog touring and reading reviews that this story is quite an emotional ride. Great job.

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I reviewed this tonight as well and this is an interesting topic for a book. I truly could not imagine being in Macy's shoes.

kalea_kane said...

This looks so sad. You read this in two sittings? THAT is impressive. It looks like a real rough emotional read. :) Thanks for the review.