Posted by : Kinsey Book Reviewer 4.21.2014
*Book & Details provided by Net Galley in exchange for honest review.*
Ellie Sanders is pregnant and alone. Carrying a child she’d conceived the one and only time she’d lain with her closest friend, Jarrett Tanner. A man she’d agreed to marry for the sake of their child. A man she’d loved, but not as he’d deserved. And now he was gone.
Lucas Tanner returns home to settle his younger brother Jarrett’s estate only to discover his brother left behind a very pregnant fiancée. Having lost his own wife and their baby she’d been carrying years before, he’s bound and determined to stick around and make sure Ellie’s child makes it safely into the world. Even if it means facing the ghosts of his past.
Struggling financially and emotionally, Ellie is torn between keeping her baby and giving it up for adoption. She wants to give her child the chance she never had - to be raised by two loving parents. If only she could make Lucas understand. And, if only she wasn’t falling for a man with no heart left to give.
Lucas finds himself wanting more. Wanting Ellie. But what if he gives in to his deepening feelings and loses her, too?
One fears abandonment. The other fears loss. Can Ellie and Lucas put their painful pasts behind them and finally find true happiness? Or are the emotional walls they’ve built up around their hearts too strong to tear down?
My first thought was - coffee shop owner and a rancher - I've read this before (to be honest, it was a coffee shop owner and a lawyer that also shared ownership in a ranch with his brother - but, close enough lol).
This ends up being a truly beautiful, though heartbreaking in parts, story. Ellie lose her soon to be husband and Lucas loses his brother.
My big issue was that Lucas didn't know his brother's almost wife. I don't know that it stopped bothering me through the book. Also, I suppose I was a little uncomfortable with two people falling in love the way they did. I doubt I'd ever try to snag up my sister's man if she were to pass away.
However, the story was thought out and told well.