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on June 17, 2012 :
I'm always interested in stories about people who have to overcome difficulties in their lives so when I saw the blurb on this one about a man who had to overcome a physical disability, the loss of a Pro Football career, and his fiancee leaving him, I just could not resist.
Matt has it all going for him until a car accident takes it all. He is forced to start over in a new life that he never imagined. The loss of part of his right leg and permanent limp in his left leg has destroyed his football career, sent his shallow fiancee, Stacey, packing and caused some family troubles. Matt his now living at home and working as a grocery store manager. All is not entirely bleak for him. The first day on the job he lays eyes on the beautiful bakery worker, Violet, whose eyes twinkle and her lips smile with genuine pleasure when she sees him. He doesn't think that anyone woman would ever consider a cripple like him, but he cannot resist getting up the courage to ask her out. Violet says yes and what's more, she truly enjoys him for just him and not fame or fortune.
Violet is a girl brought up sheltered on conservative principles. She knows about Matt's past, but she believes that he has changed and she is so happy when they are together. Violet is very beautiful, but feels inadequate because she is not glamorous or successful like she imagines what sort of woman Matt should be with.
All is cruising along fine with Matt and Violet all set to marry when his old flame shows up in town with a baby- Matt's baby. Stacey is determined to get Matt back and have him be a daddy for her baby. Stacey is not afraid to do whatever- and I mean whatever- it takes. Violet is to unsure and insecure to deal. Will Stacey's plotting succeed? Or will Violet's faith in their love be strong enough?
Now, what are my thoughts on the story? At first, I really loved it and was getting all those warm fuzzies that despite what Matt went through in the beginning that he was finally going to get his happiness. But then all the emotional angst started when Stacey hit town again and I was angry at what was going down. Then I was sad about how things were turning out. The plot just took me through a whole gamut of emotions- which in case you're wondering, is a good thing. I like to feel and be engaged by a story.
I really wanted Violet and Matt's relationship to be strong enough and I'm not a big one for the angst, but truthfully it made sense to have most of it. Matt did mess around and sometimes there are consequences. I think Violet's angry and jealous reaction to the possibility of sharing Matt with his son and having to deal with Stacey's presence were honest. Stacey's conniving and seeming success at having her way is realistic. I say all this because I was not prepared for the story to take a realistic and painful turn the way it did which caused me to lose patience with the whole situation for a time. So since it took me by surprise when the tone of the story changed, I thought I should make that clear to others so they'd expect it.
I thought the characters were good. They drew many different emotions from me which is always a sign of a well-written character only poorly written characters make me indifferent. My favorite character aside from the main ones was Matt's brother, Chris. I felt he lit up the scenes that he was in and he was such a good brother to Matt.
All in all, it was a nice read and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys Sweet Contemporary Romances.
For those who need to know there is a happily ever after before they will read a book, there is after a great deal of painful misunderstanding.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Feb. 27, 2012 :
I started out liking this book just fine. Matt and Violet seemed nice enough, but I didn't really understand the relationships they had with their parents. Their parents were way too involved in their children's lives. And they lived with their parents even though Matts father was such a jerk to him, yet Matt had no reason to move out? Violets family seemed old fashion which would have been fine if it was explained by religious reasons or maybe the book was based in the 50's which it wasn't. Then Stacey was added making Violet distrust Matt, and Matt was stupid to not get a DNA test in the beginning. I just ended up not liking it, and forcing myself to finish it.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)