For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep.
Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned. Suddenly Noah has a new mission: to make amends with the family his brother rejected.
From the moment he meets Ceejay, her beauty and warmth act like a balm on his fractured heart. But when a painful secret comes to light, it threatens to break the fragile bond growing between them...and to destroy a love powerful enough to heal them both.
©2012 Barbara Longley (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The adorable 4-year-old daughter has a large part in the story.
The first four chapters were really good (a fourth of the book). I was enjoying it and full of anticipation. Then in chapter 5 Ceejay was bitter, narrow minded, angry and mean to the well-meaning grandmother. I would not have done what she did. Ceejay was angry at Matt, but she directed her anger at others. And Ceejay continued being rude, angry and mean later in the book (several times). I don’t require perfect heroines. That would be boring. I’m ok with heroines doing stupid or unlikeable things when it fits, but here it made me angry. I would have preferred circumstances and other characters create the conflicts.
The last part of the book reminded me of TV/Lifetime movies. Major life events happen for various characters - health issues, accidents, marriage, children, careers, moving. This was ok, but filming doesn’t pick up the depth and inner feelings that books can. I wanted more chemistry and interesting relationship development between Ceejay and Noah, and maybe with some of the other characters as well.
I loved Noah. He is close to being the ideal boyfriend/husband. I’d love to have a mother-in-law like Allison. She was meddlesome in a compassionate, loving, and helpful way.
The narrator Kate Rudd seemed ok. I wonder if her tone of voice made the heroine less likeable for me. I’m not sure.
Genre: contemporary romance, amputee.
Using the Kindle edition and the audio edition at the same time is good listening practice as I adjust to my new Cochlear Implant. When both are downloaded to the Kindle Fire, they can be used simultaneously.
Noah. He is working at making his life better on his own. He is not waiting for someone else to make things easier for him.
She is an excellent reader. As mentioned, in my case, it gave me the chance to both hear and read the words at the same time. I find when I read, I mentally put expression into the words I am reading and it was nice for her to provide that for me.
My heart hurt for Ceejay, that she couldn't trust.
It was a timely, excellent story. I was disappointed in the frequent use of bad language throughout the book. It added absolutely nothing to the story, and I would have enjoyed it even more without the bad language. I won't recommend it to my friends because of that. I like the story and have bought the next in the series to continue practice for the Cochlear Implant, but again, I can't recommend the next one to anyone who is offended by such language, for the same reason.
I liked reading "The heart of the druid laird" so I decided to try another Barbara Longley book. I really didn't expect to like it because the subject matter was not my usual choice. The narrator was good and the book drew me in so I have to give it a "thumbs up"
The narrator was very good.
I read it in two sittings.
I would read other books by the same narrator.
Hmmm...Perhaps Brenda Novak's: Whisky Creek Series.
The first 'love' scene - and no not for that reason. Noah baring his scars to her. The comfort Noah gives Ceejay in her time of need. The jumping on the bed - hilarious. There's some clever moments crafted in this book - I listen to audio books on the bus to and from work each day, so it's rather inconvenient when I have public tears followed by laughter. At least I have a seat all to myself.
Noah's character is amazing...the pain and healing he endures is what makes this book a fave of mine. A truly heart melting and soul warm love story. Loved the book, the storyline is great. I feel humbled that men and women live and give their lives to keep our peace and this book brings that home.
Leaves you with a 'warm and fuzzy'. I've read the teaser for Book 2 from Barbara's website - WOW! Annoyed that Book 2 isn't out until May 2013 (pouty face).
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