Jacq and Casey are grown up. They spent 13 years together and built a family before their differences drove them apart. But with a son between them and sharing a father/grandfather figure their lives have never really separated. Jacq has played the field, Casey has concentrated on her small family, neither have really moved on. When circumstances bring them back together to support Jacq’s ailing father what went wrong, and what was rtight, gradually takes the clearer perspective that time can give.
I really enjoyed this story. It’s great to see an increasing number of books first about slightly older women, and second about long term relationships. This is a re-kindling story and made a refreshing change from the normal Trad Romance of ‘new love’. Ms Dutton does an excellent job weaving the ‘too and fro’, the ‘push and pull’, between the protagonists who still love even if they don’t know it, but are also angry and hurt.
The secondary characters are strong, supporting the main plot but with a life of their own, and the four main characters all grow as the story progresses. Jacqs’ father must accept help, their son is becoming a man, and Jacq and Casey must accept their own faults and flaws before they can move on.
While there is fire and passion, this is a thoughtful romance, well written and well paced, it brings to life the reality of adult experiences and the strength of family despite the mistakes we all make.
(publisher review copy received)
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